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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.

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) Warren Barrett has hailed the mental toughness of his charges following a hard-fought 4-2 win over Frome in the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Heading into the match-up CC were expected to easily progress against a less fancied Frome and in the end they did, but in far less convincing fashion than expected. 

Striker Matthew Thorpe was able to secure redemption as he scored the winning penalty for CC after shockingly booting the ball high over the crossbar from four yards out in the 89th minute.  Shavon McDonald, Calvin Gardner and Denyu Ricketts also found the back of the net in the shootout.

Despite having a tougher time than expected Barrett hailed the fight shown by the unit.

“It’s definitely not the type of performance we wanted but it’s a semi-final.  You prepare the boys to come out and play and hopefully play well.  Sometimes they will have an off day but on days like today you still have to find a way of coming out on top,” Barrett said.

I think the boys showed plenty of resilience but congratulations to Frome they really made it difficult they were big powerful and strong and really made it difficult for 90 minutes.  But champion teams have to find a way to come out on top when things are not going your way,” he added.

 

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.  

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. 

In a game between Seaforth and Garvey Maceo in the daCosta Cup on the weekend, the SportsMax cameras picked up on the most ludicrous piece of play acting one could imagine. Should that Seaforth player be punished.

A very close tie between Little London and Lennon High was decided by a single goal. That goal means Lennon High find themselves in the quarter-final of the daCosta Cup, even if only just.

Defending daCosta Cup Champions Rusea’s High School, are out of the DaCosta Cup even after winning their second-leg second-round game against Mile Gully at home on Saturday. 

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