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Jamaica College (JC) coach Davion Ferguson made a startling revelation after his side were pipped to the Olivier Shield title by returning all-island champions Clarendon College on Saturday inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Clarendon College goalkeeper Prince-Daniel Smith is a hero tonight and maybe for all time, because he believed in himself, according to his coach Lenworth Hyde, who oversaw a second Olivier Shield title on Saturday night.

Having given up a goal in the 88th-minute of play to Jamaica College in a tightly contested all-island final at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Smith, a custodian, became Clarendon College’s fourth attacker and scored a goal just ahead of the end of regulation time (90+5).

Him doing that was not something the coaching staff at Clarendon College had banked on. In fact, Hyde, was honest with SportsMax, saying the youngster was completely to blame for his heroism.

“No, I didn’t tell him to do that,” said Hyde of the former Camperdown High School student.

Clarendon College’s equalizer sent the game to penalties where the goalkeeper’s heroics allowed for a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory.

Hyde wasn’t bothered about the way the penalties went, knowing full well, they wouldn’t have been there had it not been for Smith.

“He saw what happened, the goal that scored on us and he took it on himself,” he said.

“He believes in himself and he took it upon himself.”

The minimum four minutes for time added had already elapsed when Clarendon earned a corner. The delivery was too close to JC goalkeeper Daniel Russell and he should have had an easy time of collecting it, however, Smith leapt to head it just in front of him and he lost sight of the delivery.

Russell’s fumble fell to the floor and Smith was quickest to it, poking it home to give Clarendon a most famous lifeline.

Smith, for all his efforts, did not speak of his contribution in the way you would think, choosing instead to speak of the team when he was asked why he left his post to go give them a chance at penalties.

“We don’t have anything to lose so we just pushed all. We believed we could get it back so we just did it,” said Smith.

Prince-Daniel Smith’s name may take on cult-like status by the end of the weekend after the goalkeeper led the way in making a 4-1 penalty shoot out win possible for Clarendon College in the Olivier Shield at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday.

A confident Davion Ferguson, coach of triumphant Manning Cup champions Jamaica College, insists the team was always confident of turning the tables on St Andrew Technical (STATHS) a team that defeated them just two rounds prior.

 For the second consecutive match in a row Jamaica College were perfect from the penalty spot, after failing to find the goal against STATHS in regular time.  Just as they had against Kingston College in the semifinals, JC managed to turn the tables on a team that had gotten the better of them earlier this season. 

In the quarterfinal round, it was STATHS who triumphed 2-1, when it counted most it was JC who managed to repeat the result of the 2017 Manning Cup final to claim an unprecedented 30th title.  Despite heading into the final as slight underdogs Ferguson insists the team was always confident of getting revenge on their opponents.

“We were very confident.  We re-watched the video from the first game, and I believe I can say publicly that tactically we got that wrong, but we assessed ourselves and we came back here,” Ferguson said.

“We should have won it in 90 but in penalties, it was sweet the same,” he added.

“When set out in June to accomplish this and we did.  These boys are champions and it’s just tremendous.”

 

 

Jamaica College (JC) are ISSA Digicel Manning Cup Champions for a 30th time after besting favourites St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) via penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday.

JC, who endured their first titleless season in five years in 2018, returned to the top of the urban area pile on Friday after more than just holding STATHS to a 0-0 draw for 90 minutes, then stepping up to the spot to stay perfect from penalties to claim a 5-4 win.

JC had lost on penalties to Kingston College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals but returned to beat the same opponents in the Manning Cup semifinals with five perfect penalties before doing the same in the final.

STATHS have been brilliant this season and topped a Manning Cup semi-final group including JC and St George’s College, winning all three games in impressive fashion, earning the favourites tag in no uncertain terms.

However, JC would end STATHS’ perfect season with their sixth title in seven years and do it in style.

The truth is, JC looked like the team more likely to score throughout the encounter as their backline blunted the normally incisive STATHS attack.

However, Phillon Lawrence, JC’s leading goalscorer, would muff a number of chances for his side to go ahead, including a one-on-one with the goalkeeper where he elected to go through his legs.

The JC ‘keeper brought his legs closer together just in the knick of time to effect a save as early as the fourth minute of play.

That trend would continue throughout but just as STATHS found today difficult for goalscoring, so did JC.

 The Manning Cup semi-finals between rivals JC and KC was marred after one player bit into the shoulder of his opponent and was slapped in return.

There will be a new champion of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after Kingston College were ousted by Jamaica College in the semi-final of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Wednesday.

Kingston College (KC) are through to the final of the ISSA Champions Cup after a dour affair against Jamaica College (JC) ended in penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

There was a flurry of chances when the game just began but the quality of football dipped with the increasing intensity of the rain. With first-half action coming to an end, KC struck. A long ball played out from the back by the unusually deep Jahmari Morrison was poorly cleared by Nickache Murray, when the sliced clearance fell, it was Demario McCarthy who was first to it and his sliding effort was struck perfectly to give KC a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

It seemed that would be all she wrote for JC because truth be told, they hadn’t looked likely to trouble the KC backline too much.

That changed with the game winding down and in driving rain, JC got a corner in the 83rd minute.

KC cleared partially cleared that corner but it fell kindly to a JC boot. A shot from that boot ricocheted to the left side of the field where a JC player dismissed his marker and whipped in a beautiful cross for Shadae Lopez to head into the far corner.

JC had their tails up and KC had some hair-raising moments after that.

But time would run out on JC and they would have to try to do it from the penalty spot.

KC missed their first two penalties but JC could not maintain their lead, striking the woodwork with one penalty and then seeing another saved.

The Manning Cup champions began striking their penalties more confidently and JC folded under the pressure to end up 3-2 losers.

KC will now face Clarendon College who had things go all their way in their semi-final against Clarendon College, winning 3-0.

St. Andrew Technical High defeated Jamaica College 2-1 at the Stadium East in Kingston on Wednesday to advance to the semi-final round of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition.

Defending champions Cornwall College, Kingston College (KC), Clarendon College and Jamaica College (JC) will contest the semi-finals of the 2019 all-island ISSA Champions Cup following quarter-final action in Kingston and Montego Bay on Saturday.

KC and JC will contest one of the semi-finals, while Cornwall College and Clarendon College will meet in the other.

At the Stadium East field in Kingston, Clarendon College scored a 2-1 victory over St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the curtain-raiser to progress.

Two goals inside the first two minutes of the match set the tone for an interesting battle between the teams.

Roderick Granville handed Clarendon College a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play, but STATHS responded immediately through the inform Warner Brown in the second minute.

Jaland Larmond found the winner in the 39th minute to push Clarendon College into the last four.

In the second match of the doubleheader, JC, through goals from captain Shaniel Thomas (ninth minute) and Omar Thompson (31st minute), defeated Excelsior High 2-1.

Jaheim Flemmings scored the lone goal for Excelsior.

It was the second match between the teams inside four days as Excelsior High held JC to a surprise 0-0 draw in a Manning Cup quarter-final match on Wednesday.

JC won the inaugural title in 2014 when the competition was called Super Cup. It was rebranded in 2018 to become the Champions Cup.

Over at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, KC - the 2017 champions -  scored a dramatic 2-1 victory over Frome Technical in the first match of the doubleheader to book their semi-final spot. KC found the winning goal with seconds remaining in time added on through captain Rajiv Green after the teams were locked at 1-1.

KC took the lead in the 62nd minute when Ryan Woodbine of Frome Technical deflected a shot from substitute Jamari  Morrison into his scored an own goal. However, Frome Technical got back into the contest four minutes later when Giovanni Mittoo scored from a free-kick.

KC found the winner with seconds remaining before the dreaded penalty shootout.

In the late game at the venue, Cornwall College came from a goal down against St George's College, the 2015 champions, to push the game into penalty kicks where they prevailed 3-2.

The teams had battled to a 1-1 draw following regulation time.

Cornwall College are attempting to become for the first team to defend the Champions Cup title.

The Montego Bay-based team beat JC last year to become the first rural area school to win the competition.

 

SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Frome Technical 1 Kingston College 2
Cornwall College 1 St George's College 1 (Cornwall won 3-2 on penalties)
Clarendon College 2 STATHS 1
Excelsior 1 Jamaica College 2

St George’s College will play against Cornwall College in the quarterfinals of the ISSA Champions Cup after completing the remainder of their rain-affected game against BB Coke High School on Monday.

St George’s, one of the teams looking to become the first to claim a second lien on the title, had come from behind to lead 3-2 against BB Coke on Saturday when persistent rain ended play 10 minutes early.

The Light Blues of North Street were not in such an accommodating mood when the teams met for the final 10 minutes on Monday, banging in a further three goals to end the encounter 6-2 winners.

The Champions Cup quarterfinal draw, held at the offices of SportsMax Ltd on Monday, pulled up some other mouthwatering clashes set for Saturday.

Frome Technical will play against Kingston College, while Clarendon College have to deal with St Andrew Technical High School and in an all-urban affair, Excelsior High School do battle with Jamaica College.

The game between Frome and KC will mark the opening encounter of a double header at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, beginning at 4pm, while the second game, at 6:30, will be Cornwall and St George’s.

The other two games also form part of a double header with Clarendon College and STATHS facing off at 4pm over by Stadium East, while Excelsior and JC take centrestage at 6:30.

Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, barely broke a sweat as 10-man Kingston College (KC) were easy 2-0 winners over Garvey Maceo in the feature game of the ISSA Champions Cup at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

KC joined the teams to be involved in the draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup thanks to a Dwayne Atkinson brace but the performance, though comfortable, did not look as polished as that of Jamaica College (JC), who were 7-0 winners over debutants McGrath High.

McGrath would start well enough and did not look out of depth until a goal against the run of play, followed by a penalty knocked the wind out of their sails.

After that it was just a matter of how many JC would get and seven would not have been an underestimation.

In other games yesterday, St George’s College were leading BB Coke High School 3-2 when persistent rain brought about a postponement, while St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) were 2-1 winners over the Manning’s School.

Cornwall College had to wait until extra time to squeeze out a 1-0 win against Charlie Smith.

The results mean, Cornwall, JC, KC, and STATHS will join Clarendon College, who beat Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-0 yesterday, and Excelsior, who got by Dinthill High 4-3 on penalties, in the quarterfinals.

A member of the Jamaica College Manning Cup Football team was rushed to hospital evening following a lightning strike that felled five players during a match in the ISSA Manning Cup competition against Wolmers’ Boys at Stadium East in Kingston on Monday.

Oblique Seville and Michael Stephens ran impressive times to qualify for the semi-finals of the Class I 100ms on Thursday’s third day at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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