Having won the DaCosta Cup and Olivier Shield in consecutive years, Clarendon College will have one eye on the elusive Champions Cup when the new schoolboy football season kicks off later this year.

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.

Clarendon College have repeated as ISSA/WATA DaCosta Cup champions after a 3-0 win over Dinthill Technical High School at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Saturday.

Kingston College coach, Ludlow Bernard, dropped a bombshell immediately after helping his team become the first to hold the ISSA Champions Cup inside the National Stadium on Saturday, announcing his wish to go on a sabbatical from coaching.

Kingston College got the better of the highly fancied Clarendon College after a 63rd-minute wonder strike from Renaldo Robinson but it was a tactical masterpiece from Bernard that really caught the eye.

The KC coach, who brought them their first Manning Cup title in 32 years, as well as the Champions Cup in 2017, matched his opposite number in Lenny Hyde over and over throughout the game.

After it, Bernard did an interview on SportsMax, pointing out how proud he was of his team for their performance in what is likely a farewell match.

“This is indeed a gift for the school. I don’t know if I should say parting gift,” said Bernard.

Earlier, Bernard had said the boys were to be lauded for the part they played in bringing the title to KC because Clarendon College are an awesome team.

“Any game against Lenny Hyde is always going to be a challenge because he’s a good coach with a good team. But I think this evening we really planned a masterpiece. Even when we made a couple of changes to the team and persons were wondering but it was all deliberate,” said Bernard before thanking his entire support team for the job they did in producing a good season.

“We knew we wouldn’t have as much possession as we’d like but we just wanted to pick them off where possible and counter because counterattacking is the strength of this team this year. I really lift my hat off to these boys for a wonderful season. We have played an entire season and we have not lost a game in 90 minutes,” he said.

Bernard continued to be cryptic about what the future holds for him as a coach, saying that though he intends to call it a day at KC, the boys may inveigle him to stay.

“Ludlow Bernard is going to take a sabbatical and we are going to have to sit and discuss with family and everybody because I’ve really spent quite a bit of time here at Kingston College and it is a joy working with these players.

“I know I said it to the players last night and they said coach ‘you can’t go, you can’t leave us.’ They kinda have me soft so you may very well see me.”

Kingston College defeated a Clarendon College team 1-0 in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup that have been considered unbeatable on Saturday inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica thanks to a wonder strike from Renaldo Robinson.

There still won’t be a successful title defence of the ISSA Champions Cup after Clarendon College comfortably dealt with the final-four challenge from Cornwall College inside the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

Lenworth Hyde, the coach of defending champions Clarendon College is still on course for being the first man to claim the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup title on back-to-back occasions both as a player and as a coach.

Clarendon College are unbeaten this season and that did not look likely to change when they played against a trying McGrath High School in the semi-final on Wednesday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Clarendon, the defending champions and favourites, ended winning 3-0 courtesy of a brace from Sheldon Smart and a beauty from Jalen Larmand.

Smart got his goals in the 47th and 69th minutes of play while Larmand would score in the 79th to seal the victory.’

Clarendon College have been known to start quickly this season but were forced to wait until the second half before they would have any joy.

According to Hyde, neither he nor his team were worried by the resistance put up by the opposition’s pluckiness, saying he knew he would be able to make a difference at half time.

“We talked in the changing room and we know that sometimes these things happen and it is how you handle it and I think we handled it well,” said the winning coach.

Situations like the one that faced Clarendon on Wednesday, Hyde explained, required a slightly different outlook on the game.

“We showed patience and we waited until our chances came. We weren’t flustered. We knew our people and we knew what the result would be,” he said.

Clarendon College will face a whole different proposition when they play against Dinthill High School in the DaCosta Cup final, but Hyde, again, isn’t too concerned.

“There isn’t much to work on ahead of the final because we were possessing the ball, we defended well because as you can see this was a clean sheet. That is how the game goes sometimes,” said Hyde.

“We can score in the first five seconds or we can score in the 93rd minute. That’s how this team is. We coach them that way, to be patient and to wait their turn,” he warned.

Dinthill joined Clarendon College in the final after a 2-1 surprise win over more highly fancied opposition in Cornwall College.

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.


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.

Defending champions Clarendon College and the school they beat in the final last year, Cornwall College, are back in the semi-finals of the ISSA/Wata rural area daCosta Cup football competition.

They are joined by Dinthill Technical, which also returned as a semifinalist from last season, and McGrath High, a first-time semifinalist.

The four semi-finalists were confirmed on Tuesday following the final set of quarter-final matches.

The 16 winners from the second round contested the quarter-final round. The teams were placed in four groups of four and each group winner earned the right to contest the semi-finals scheduled for Wednesday, November 13.

In addition to the daCosta Cup semi-finals, spots in the rural area Ben Francis Cup Knockout competition and all-island Champions Cup Knockout competition were also decided.

Teams that finished third and fourth in their respective daCosta Cup quarter-final groups will contest the Ben Francis Cup Knockout competition. Those teams are Anchovy High and Cedric Titus (Group One), Manchester High and Maggotty High (Group Two); Port Antonio High and Petersfield High (Group Three), St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Happy Grove High (Group Four).

The eight teams that finish as winners and runner-ups in their respective daCosta Cup quarter-final groups will contest the all-island Champions Cup Knockout along with the eight quarterfinalists of the urban area ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition. 

The daCosta Cup teams for the all-island Champions Cup Knockout are Clarendon College, Manning’s School, defending champions Cornwall College, Garvey Maceo High, Dinthill Technical, Frome Technical, McGrath High and B B Coke.

The Manning Cup teams for the all-island Champions Cup Knockout are Kingston College, St Andrew Technical High School,  Camperdown High,  St  Georges College,  Excelsior High, Wolmer's Boys, Jamaica College and Charlie Smith High.

Meanwhile, Group Two in the daCosta Cup quarterfinal round on Tuesday produced a thrilling finish as Cornwall College, which started the day third in the group, just managed to get into the semi-finals courtesy of goal difference over Garvey Maceo High.

Merron Gordon-coached Garvey Maceo High came from behind twice to score an exciting 3-2 victory at Manchester High in a top-of-the-table clash.

Garvey Maceo High snatched the victory in the first minute of time added on courtesy of a Cleon Clarke’s strike. The victory sparked wild celebrations as the players thought the victory over Vassell Reynold-coached Manchester High had qualified them for the semi-finals. However, the celebrations on the field were short-lived when news came that Cornwall College had secured a 3-0 victory over Maggotty High at Jarrett Park to win the group on goal difference.

Wayne Atkinson (38th minute) and Dane Golding (80th-minute penalty) scored for Manchester High, while Tyrese Henry  (45th minute) and Gregory Cousins (84th minute) secured the other goals for Garvey Maceo.

Both teams finished on six points from their three games but Cornwall College had a plus three-goal difference compare to Garvey Maceo High’s plus two.

Clarendon Clarendon College secured the biggest victory on the day by whipping Anchovy High 7-0 at the Juicy Field in Clarendon to finish Group One of the quarter-finals with maximum nine points from their three games.

The Lenworth Hyde-coached team finished five points clear of second-place Manning’s School and third-place Anchovy High, which both ended with four points each. Manning’s School condemned Cedric Titus High to their third defeat in the round with a 1-0 victory at Drax Hall.

Dinthill Technical also finished the quarter-final round with maximum nine points after a 2-1 victory at Frome Technical High to top Group Three; while McGrath High won Group Four despite losing 2-1 at STETHS. They ended with six points from their three matches, two ahead of second-place B B Coke and third-place STETHS, which both ended on four points.


Clarendon College 7 Anchovy 0
Cedric Titus 0 Manning's 1

Cornwall College 3 Maggotty 0 
Manchester High 2 Garvey Maceo 3

Frome Technical 1 Dinthill Technical 2
Port Antonio 4 Petersfield 2 

STETHS 2 McGrath High 1
Happy Grove 1 B B Coke 3


Excelsior High  vs St. Andrew Tech at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
Wolmer’s Boys  vs Camperdown High  National Stadium 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High  vs Kingston College at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs Jamaica College  at National Stadium - 4:00 pm 

Excelsior High scored a 4-3 sudden-death penalty kick victory over Dinthill Technical, while Clarendon College beat Wolmer's Boys 2-0 on the opening day of the 2019 ISSA all-island Champions Cup knockout competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday.

In the curtain-raiser, the Round of 16 match between Excelsior High and Dinthill Technical headed to penalties after finishing as a scoreless draw in regular time.

Both teams created good chances to win the game in regular time especially Excelsior High, which were denied twice by goalkeeper Demero Hill on the stroke of halftime.

After doing well to beat a Dinthill defender in the box, Jhevan Smith had his powerful shot pushed onto the bar by Hill and bounced to the feet of Jaheim Flemmings and the follow-up shot was tipped over the bar. Seconds before those two chances created by Excelsior, Dinthill had a glorious chance to take the lead, but Carlington Facey just missed the target from the edge of the six-yard box after a cross was put inside.

In a tense shootout, Alex Alexander scored the all-important penalty to put Excelsior into the quarterfinal of the competition, two days after they suffered a big 4-0 defeat against St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the quarterfinals round of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup.

Zachary Palmer had the chance to win the game for Dinthill Technical with the fifth and final penalty kick but booted the ball wide to send the game into sudden death at 3-3.

Four penalty kicks were missed during that period. Karim Bryan also missed for Dinthill Technical, which had scored their first two kicks to secure the early advantage.

For Excelsior, Rojaughn Joseph booted the first penalty over the bar and Hill saved the third penalty taken by  Flemmings.

In sudden death, Ty Wedderburn missed for Dinthill Technical to hand the advantage to Excelsior for the first time and Alexander made no mistake.

Kitwana Smart, Shavon Thompson, and Rushan Parkinson scored from the penalty spot for Dinthill Technical, while Aseany Richards, Tariq Duffus, and Smith also scored for Excelsior.

In the second encounter, Clarendon College got their two goals during the first nine minutes of the game to eliminate Wolmer’s Boys who failed to create any good scoring opportunities.

Sheldon Smart (3rd minute) and Omar Reid (9th minute) secured the goals, which put Clarendon College into the quarterfinals.

The Champions Cup comprises the eight teams that finished as winners and runner-ups in their respective rural area Wata daCosta Cup quarter-final groups along with the eight quarterfinalists from the urban area Digicel Manning Cup competition. 

The remaining Round of 16 matches are scheduled for Saturday.

St Andrew Technical vs Manning’s School at 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High vs Cornwall College at 6:30 pm

Camperdown High  vs  Frome Technical at 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs B. B. Coke High at 4:00 pm

McGrath High vs  Jamaica College at 4:00 pm
Garvey Maceo High vs  Kingston College at 6:30 pm

Cornwall College will begin the defence of the ISSA rebranded all-island Champions Cup against Charlie Smith High in the round of 16.

This was revealed during the draw on Wednesday night at the Stadium East facility.

The 2019 season is scheduled to kick off on Friday with a doubleheader at the Stadium East field in Kingston.

Dinthill Technical and Excelsior High will contest the opening match of the Stadium East's doubleheader at 4:00 pm. The second match of the doubleheader features Clarendon College against the 2016 winners Wolmer's Boys at 6:00 pm.

Cornwall College, which defeated Jamaica College (JC) last year to become the first rural area school to win the competition, will be in action on Saturday's second day, which features matches at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, Stadium East, and St Elizabeth Technical High School Sports Complex.

Cornwall College will play Charlie Smith at the Montego Sports Complex at 6:30 pm.

JC, which won the inaugural title in 2014 when the competition was called Super Cup before it was rebranded in 2018 to Champions Cup, have been drawn to start again McGrath High.

In other games over the weekend, St George’s College, the 2015 champions, have been drawn to start against B B Coke; Kingston College, the 2017 champions and Garvey Maceo will face off; Camperdown High will face Frome Technical and St Andrew Technical High School will meet Manning's School.

The Champions Cup comprises the eight teams that finished as winners and runner-ups in their respective rural area Wata daCosta Cup quarter-final groups along with the eight quarterfinalists from the urban area Digicel Manning Cup competition. 


Dinthill Technical vs Excelsior High at 4:00 pm
Clarendon College vs Wolmer’s Boys at 6:30 pm

St Andrew Technical vs Manning’s School at 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High vs Cornwall College at 6:30 pm

Camperdown High  vs  Frome Technical at 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs B. B. Coke High at 4:00 pm

McGrath High vs  Jamaica College at 4:00 pm
Garvey Maceo High vs  Kingston College at 6:30 pm

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