Roxene Simpson of Clarendon College won nine points for Clarendon College on Friday when she threw  41.38m to win the Class 2 girls discus at the 2019 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

National Under-20 standout for Jamaica, Nicque Daley, is now a Charleston Battery player after signing a four-year deal with the United States Soccer League outfit. 

Clarendon College won the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup in 2018 and enjoyed a magnificent double when they lifted the Olivier Shield ahead of ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Champions, Kingston College. The ISSA Champions Cup was won by Cornwall College but that wasn't the entire story of Jamaica's Schoolboy football season. 

SportsMax's Donald Oliver, who was there for every minute of it, remembers the little stories that made up the big stories. He has put together some of his favourites. Just watch!  

Jamaica’s All-Island high school champions, Clarendon College, were lauded in Parliament on Tuesday.

Manning Cup champions Kingston College were not at their ruthless best, but nothing should be taken away from the performance of Clarendon College, who became the first Rural-Area team to hold on to the Olivier Shield.

Those were the sentiments of Kingston College coach Ludlow Bernard after his Corporate Area champions were bested 1-0 courtesy of a brilliant goal from substitute Andre Nicholson in the 87th minute.

However, KC did have their chances to make their mark on the game before Nicholson’s strike.

“Today was a perfect example of us not taking our chances and they capitalizing on one of the few they would have gotten,” said Bernard.

The entertainment value of the game was high for Bernard and he thought that was important and that his time pushed the pace.

“But I thought today was a good game of football for the crowd. We did entertain, we did try to get goals and even before they scored we thought that we had it but they found something and kudos to them,” said Bernard.

KC were missing a couple of it’s stars injured skipper, Casseam Priestly and Ari Rodgers, however, Bernard believes that while those absences were notable and could have made a difference, his team should have done better in front of goal.

“I believe it did affect our performance today but I believe in the guys we had out there. I think they gave a gallant effort out there,” he said.

“We wanted to do it for Casseam and Ari, but that’s just life. It is just one of the lessons to be learnt. When some of our key persons are out some of our other players have to step up. We got some very good opportunities early and had we capitalized on them, probably I would have been doing the last interview.”

In 1978, when Lenny Hyde held the Olivier Shield aloft, his coach at Clarendon College was Winston Chung Fa. In 2018, when Clarendon College again raised the shield, Chung Fa, now deceased, was also there.

Clarendon College, through a special goal from substitute, Andre Nicholson, claimed the all-island trophy, symbol of schoolboy supremacy, with a 1-0 win over Kingston College and Hyde, now the coach of the Rural Area team, believes the victory had much to do with Chung Fa.

“ … the 12th man on the team today was Winston Chung Fa,” said Hyde after speaking about the myriad of emotions he felt after the win.

According to Hyde, his charges had promised to win the all-island title, something no Rural Area team has done on its own since 2004, for Chung Fa, who passed away just last month.

“We carried out our mandate. We told him we were going to win it today and we delivered it today,” said an emotional Hyde.

The importance of the title showed in the way Clarendon College played according to Hyde.

Kingston College, the legendary Jamaican footballer, explained, pushed his team back, and the result was a matter of will.

“We couldn’t play the way we wanted to play today but the discipline and the determination that we showed today helped us across the line,” he said.

Hyde was part of a Clarendon College team in 1977 and 1978, that has largely been considered the best schoolboy football team of all time.

A mix of Kingston College (KC) profligacy and a brilliant strike from Clarendon College’s (CC) Andre Nicholson led to the latter holding aloft the Olivier Shield, becoming the first rural school do so alone in 14 years. The trophy was shared between Glenmuir High School and Bridgeport High School in 2006. 

The 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Olivier Shield final takes place on Saturday at 6:00 pm inside the National Stadium as Kingston College (KC) and Clarendon College face off in the final match of the senior schoolboy football season.

The Olivier Shield brings together the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions and the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup champions in a clash to decide the best schoolboy football team in the country.

The Olivier Shield was contested in a home-and-away two-leg format with the possibility of the title being shared if the scores were tied after two games. However, the format was changed by ISSA to a one-leg format following the 2013 season which meant the title could no longer be shared.

KC won the Manning Cup on November 30 to take the title as best urban area senior football team, while Clarendon College were crowned best rural area senior schoolboy team on December 1 by winning the daCosta Cup title.

Urban area schools have dominated the Olivier Shield over the last 13 years. During that period urban area schools secured 12 outright titles, except in 2006 when Bridgeport High shared with Glenmuir High.

Clarendon College will be looking to break that the urban-area dominance and win their fourth Olivier Shield, following victories in 1977, 1978 and 1998 when they shared the title with Dunoon Technical.

KC will be searching for their 10th Olivier Shield title following outright victories in 1949, 1952, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1975, and 1986. They shared the title twice, with Dinthill Technical in 1981 and Rusea's High in 1985.

KC will enter the Olivier Shield battle high on confidence as their Manning Cup title ended a very long championship drought in that competition.  They defeated North Street neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic final, at the National Stadium in Kingston, to win the urban area’s biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

The Ludlow Bernard-team had to come from behind  twice with the winning goal coming at the death.

The victory handed KC their 15th Manning Cup title, the third most successful team in the history of the competition.

Twenty-four hours after KC’s triumph, Clarendon College earned the right to meet the North Street-based school in the Olivier Shield when they turned in a big performance to beat Cornwall College 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex for their eighth daCosta Cup title.

The Lenworth Hyde-coached team prevailed despite playing with 10 men for most of the match following the ejection of goalkeeper Tafari Chambers in the 14th minute.

Clarendon College ended the competition with a perfect record but the title was also a special moment for Hyde, a former Clarendon College star, who became the first to win the daCosta Cup as a player and then as a coach.

Hyde won the competition as a player in 1977 under the guidance of coach Winston Chung-Fah.

Both schools take impressive records into the Olivier Shield.

KC won 15 of 18 games over the Manning Cup and the all-island Champions Cup Knockout heading into the Olivier Shield. During that period they scored 70 goals and conceded eight. On the other hand, Clarendon College won 15 of 16 games over both competitions during which they scored 65 goals and conceded five.

 

Both schools have only suffered one defeat, which came in the opening round of the Champions Cup.

With both teams on a high an interesting Olivier Shield battle looms.

Cornwall College assistant coach Warren Barrett has bemoaned the fact that several key players failed to hit the heights expected, when it truly counted, in a 2-1 loss against Clarendon in Saturday’s daCosta Cup final.

Cornwall may have entered the fixture as slight underdogs but seemed to find themselves in pole position after an early red card was issued to Clarendon. 

The game was just 27 minutes old when Clarendon goalkeeper Tafari Chambers was sent from the pitch for handling the ball after leaving the 18-yard box to tackle runaway forward Aiden Jokombo.

Despite that early advantage Cornwall failed to press home the advantage and it was Clarendon who took the lead through U-20 national striker Nicque Daley in the 51st minute.  Cornwall did find themselves back on level terms when Sanjay Williams found the back of the net in the 72nd minute but were ultimately floored from a Lamar Walker 86th minute header.

“We just didn’t get out game together tonight. It’s unfortunate that in the biggest game of the season a couple of the key players did not do as well as they could,” was Barrett’s assessment of the disappointing result.

“Take nothing away from Clarendon, however, I thought they were the favourites coming into the match and they showed it tonight,” he added.

daCosta Cup-winning Clarendon College coach Lenworth Hyde has paid tribute to the late great Winston Chung-Fah, the former national coach who was himself a winner with the schoolboy football team.

Chung-Fah, who passed away last month at the age of 78, has been credited with putting together one of the greatest schoolboy football teams of all time.  Chung-Fah’s charges, of which Hyde was apart, claimed both the daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield titles in the 1977 and 1978 seasons.

The current crop is not yet quite of that ilk, but Hyde is confident his former coach would have been proud of their work ethic and attitude.

“I’m proud of how they delivered for me and the school.  It’s an excellent feeling.  Winston Chung-Fah, I know he is watching over us,” Hyde said, following the match.

“Nothing is easy.  I told them were had to get it the hard way and that was a true test character,” he added.

Goals for national striker Nicque Daley (51st) and a late Lamar Walker header gave Clarendon the dramatic win but only after the team’s goalkeeper Tafari Chamber was sent off in the 27th minute.

“They fought gallantly, nothing was given to us on a platter, we had to work for it and we have been working hard all season.  The efforts and the sacrifices that they made showed in the game.”

Clarendon College are the 2018 ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup Champions, outlasting the previously unbeaten Cornwall College 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Sunday night. 

Two unbeaten teams, Clarendon College and Cornwall College, will face off on Saturday in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Wata daCosta Cup at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 6:00 pm.

It will be the second straight daCosta Cup final for Clarendon College, who lost 2-1 to Rusea’s High last year after taking a 1-0 lead courtesy of a 35th-minute strike from Nicque Daley.

The seven-time champions will enter the final on a high as they have won all 14 matches in the competition this season. During that run, Clarendon College hammered in 59 goals, conceding just four.

The Lenworth Hyde-coached team was on fire in the semi-finals on November 21 in Montego Bay as they defeated Dinthill Technical 4-0. National Under-20 player Nicque Daley led the way with a double strike, while Ricardo McIntosh and Javel Ellis scored the other goals.

On the other hand, 12-time champions Cornwall College won 15 games, drawing one to get into the championship match. But while Clarendon College had an easy semi-final victory, Cornwall College were held to a 0-0 draw by Frome Technical in regulation time but eventually secured a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks.

During their run to the final, Cornwall College found the back of the net on 44 occasions, conceding nine times.

The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team will be trying to stay on course to win all three titles this season, having already claimed the rebranded Champions Cup last Saturday courtesy of a 1-0 win over Jamaica College in Montego Bay.

The victory was achieved through a 19th-minute strike by captain Shavon McDonald.  It was the first time that a rural-area school were being crowned champions in the five-year-old competition that features the eight teams that won their second-round Digicel Manning Cup two-way play-off games and the eight teams that finished as winners and runners-up in their respective Wata daCosta Cup quarterfinal groups.

As a result of making the Champions Cup final, Cornwall College will be contesting their second final in seven days and will come up against a well-rested Clarendon College, who have been inactive since the daCosta Cup semi-finals 10 days ago.

An interesting final looms.

Cornwall College (CC) striker Matthew Thorpe missed a gaping goal from four yards out but held his nerve to slot home from 12, in a tense 4-2 penalty victory over Frome Technical in the ISSA/WATA daCosta semi-finals on Wednesday.  

In the end, Thorpe polished off a perfect penalty shootout for Cornwall after firing hard to the left of the Frome goalkeeper to spark wild celebrations.  Shavon McDonald, Calvin Gardner, Denyu Ricketts also converted from the spot for CC, while Giovanni Mitto and Jevoy Harvey scored for Frome.

In a hard-fought 0-0 battle during regular time, Thorpe’s 89th minute miss was the most glaring miscue but both teams created enough quality chances to take the lead during regular time. 

Cornwall College will face Clarendon College in the final, who earlier in the day defeated Dinthill 4-0 to secure their spot in the final.  Nicque Daley opened the scoring for Clarendon and added another, the pair of goals split by a Ricardo McIntosh strike.  Javel Ellis closed out the scoring for Clarendon College.  

Corporate Area schools dominated the first stanza of the ISSA Champions Cup after the round of 16 came to an end all over Jamaica today with four of the six games going down to penalties. 

There are just four spots up for grabs in the ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup as massive semi-finals loom but there are far more teams still in with a chance of copping one of them. 

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