Showdown! KC, JC Walker Cup battle

November 07, 2017
Kingston College's Renato Campbell (left) and Ronaldo Robinson.
Jamaica College's Tyreek McGee celebrates his goal against Calabar in their Walker cup semi-final at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Miguel Coley

Jamaica College (JC) are on the hunt for revenge against reigning champions Kingston College (KC) in the Walker Cup final at the National Stadium today, starting at 5 p.m.

KC not only beat JC 2-0 in last year's Walker Cup final, but also ended their rivals' six-year unbeaten Manning Cup run two weeks ago.

JC have a poor Walker Cup record, two titles, 2009 and 2010, giving them everything to play for against KC, who are on course for a record 10th hold on the knockout title.

Manager Ian Forbes yesterday told STAR Sports that JC are not looking back at the past and will come prepared to execute on the day.

"We are not looking at the past. We have to stick to the game plan and execute. It will be a keen rivalry, so I am expecting a competitive game," said Forbes.

Miguel Coley-coached JC's hope will be on the shoulders of standout midfielder Tyreek Magee, with support expected from captain Maleik Howell, Tevin Rochester, and 16-year-old striker Shaneil Thomas.




KC are unbeaten this season and will certainly be looking to continue that run, making them favoured for back-to-back Walker Cup titles.

Coached by Ludlow Bernard, KC have an abundance of talent with players such as national senior team representatives Javain 'Trigga' Brown and Fabian Grant, as well as top-scorer Rashawn Mackison, Omar Thompson, Trayvon Brown, and Renato Campbell.

Both teams had contrasting semi-final victories last Saturday at the National Stadium. In the first of the double headers, JC trounced Calabar 6-1 and KC edged St Andrew Technical 1-0.

If at the end of regular time the score is tied, the game will enter extra-time of 10 minutes for either half. If the deadlock is not broken, the title will be decided via a penalty shoot-out.

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