KC looking to avenge Walker Cup defeat
Kingston College (KC) and rivals Jamaica College (JC) will square off for the third time this season when they meet in the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup at Sabina Park tomorrow and KC head coach Ludlow Bernard said his team's last result against JC is enough motivation for them to get things right this time around.
JC defeated KC 2-1 in the Walker Cup final at the National Stadium last week, getting revenge on KC for ending their six-year unbeaten streak in the Manning Cup. In that previous result, the North Street based side won 2-0 at the Stadium East Field in October.
Bernard said his side got off to a slow start in the Walker Cup final and he has worked on addressing that in training leading up to tomorrow's fixture.
"Most definitely there are lessons to be learnt from that game (the Walker Cup final) and starting slowly is definitely one area in which we don't intend to repeat," Bernard told STAR Sports. "
After the first match between the sides, many fans and pundits alike said that Miguel Coley does not lose to the same team twice in a schoolboy football season, and that claim seemed to prove true based on the second result. However, Bernard said that belief is not a factor to him and it can still be proven wrong tomorrow.
"He has lost twice to teams that I have coached. I probably have a record against him that is equal in that he defeated me twice and I have defeated him twice," Bernard said.
But JC's assistant coach Andrew Peart said that his team is not giving these views much thought either.
"No, there is no pressure (because of the popular opinion)," he said. "We have expectations of ourselves, we have our own ambitions and we want to win. So, there is no pressure for us."
Looking ahead to the game, Bernard said that he is looking to make some tweaks to tactics.
"Clearly we would've started some adjustments to the team and we're hoping that even in the game itself we may be called upon to make changes," he said.
Peart refused to say much ahead of the match, saying he did not want to give the team's strategies away heading into the game.
"We can't divulge much leading up to the game. It all depends on the situation and whatever the situation needs. The most important thing for us is the preparation and that has been going well.
Tomorrow's match kicks off at 7 p.m., after Calabar High meets the competition's last remaining rural team St Elizabeth Technical High at 5 p.m.