daCosta Cup: Russians come from behind to secure 11th title

Leonardo Fogarty began Saturday night’s daCosta Cup final with tears in his eyes, as he remembered his late father, who also made Rusea’s proud with his exploits on the football field.

There was no reason to cry at the end of 90 minutes though, as Fogarty had made the most telling contribution to the final against the highly fancied Clarendon College (CC), scoring in the 80th minute to complete his team’s comeback.

Rusea’s had gone behind at the Montego Bay Sports Complex courtesy of a 35th-minute goal from the boot of the very good Nicque Daley.

The thought was that go-ahead goal from the more attacking CC unit would open the game right up, since the more defensive Rusea’s would have to go chasing an equaliser.

It didn’t happen that way, as Daniel Reid’s twisting run ended with a superb bit of placement to level the scores in the 55th-minute.

The saying ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ never gets old and for Fogarty they are apt.

The number nine, benefitting from a poor bit of passing in the midfield from CC, latched on to a pass from a teammate and made no mistake with a powerfully struck delivery that sounded the death knell for their opponents.

The night was also an amazing one for Rusea's coach Vassell Reynolds, as he was in his first stint at the school, having left a relatively successful programme at Wolmer's Boys' School the year before.

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daCosta Cup: Clarendon College: Rusea's High School: Nique Daley: Daniel Reid: Anthony Fogarty