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Prime Minister on hand as Brown brace gives St Catherine Walker Cup glory

By November 29, 2019
St Catherine High School players celebrate lifting the Walker Cup title at the National Stadium on Friday. St Catherine High School players celebrate lifting the Walker Cup title at the National Stadium on Friday.

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, was on hand at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday to witness his Alma Mater, St Catherine High School lift the Walker Cup title with a 3-2 win over Excelsior High School, the first in the history of the institution.

While winning the Walker Cup was a historic feat for St Catherine, they were really the favourites against an Excelsior team still growing. Despite the favourite tag, St Catherine had to come from behind to claim their first ever title, after Jevaughn Smith opened the scoring for Excelsior in the 29th minute of play.

It didn’t take long for St Catherine to respond though, Kamau Davis scoring in the 36th minute of play before Assanie Brown put one hand on the title for his side with 39th and 45th-minute efforts. Excelsior would make a game of it in the last few minutes after a 79th minute penalty from Smith almost took away all the good work of the Anthony Patrick-coached outfit.

Prime Minister Holness must have had his heart in his mouth when Excelsior went ahead. A corner whipped in from the left side courtesy of a right footer was barely kept out by the St Catherine goalkeeper and fell to Smith, who wasted no time in tapping home ahead of the challenging defender.

But St Catherine did not panic and when Rajneal Brown dismissed his marker down the right side, Excelsior were in big trouble. They were in bigger trouble when Brown’s cutback came to the feat of Davis.

But Davis still had work to do. The dimunitive striker did that work oh so well, turing on a dime and toe-poking the ball past the Excelsior goalkeeper’s near post to even the scores.

Then came the Assanie Brown show, with the forward, who ended MVP of the tournament, tapping home a defelcted free kick in the 39th minute of play before he ran onto a beautiful through ball and opened his body to attempt to curl the ball around the goalkeeper. While Brown was guilty of hitting his delivery too straight on, he did receive a bit of luck as his shot, though parried by the goalkeeper still ended up in the back of the net.

At 3-1 the game could have been over, but in the 79th minute, a St Catherine defender lost a ball he didn’t need to and then brought his attacker down to make up for the error.

Smith made no mistake from the spot to make the result 3-2 and force St Catherine to manage their remaining time to stay in front and give Patrick his second Walker Cup title, the first since he led Bridgeport to that piece of silverware 18 years earlier.   

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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