JC lift the Olivier Shield
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) turned in a gutsy performance to carve their 19th lien on the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Olivier Shield after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over daCosta Cup winners, Clarendon College yesterday at the Juici Park field in Clarendon.
Forward Akeeem Shackleford scored the all-important goal for the Miguel Coley-coached JC in the 16th minute.
The Old Hope Road-based school capped off a fine season with three trophies. They had earlier won Manning Cup and LIME Super Cup.
"It feels very wonderful to win three titles this year," said Coley. "It was a very disciplined performance from us. I think tactically, we got it right because we capitalised on the moment and we got the all important goal."
Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, coach of Clarendon, said his team failed to make vital adjustments during the game.
"I think JC were much more physical than us today and that, to some extent, upset the rhythm of our game," said Walters.
"Congrats to JC. They knew what had to be done and they came out with that plan in mind," he said.
Walters added: "We did not adjust in terms of playing the ball much quicker and keeping it away from them for long periods of time and so we ended up second best."
JC began the match confidently and Shackleford gave them the lead when he pounced on a cross from Rafique Bryan and fired into the roof of the net past custodian Eric Edwards.
JC went on to dominate the remainder of the first half, as they outplayed Clarendon College in every department. They came close to doubling their lead on several occasions, but poor finishing from their attackers let them down.
Bryan who tormented the Clarendon College defenders with his fine dribbling, had a big chance in the 20th minute but his weak shot from 12-yards was easily handled by Edwards.
Junior Flemmings' powerful effort from 20 yards was then tipped over the crossbar by Edwards on the stroke of half time.
Clarendon College raised their game in the second stanza looking much the better team. They, however, failed to trouble goalkeeper Courtney Dowdie with a number of long-range shots.
Duchaun Campbell came close to netting an equaliser for Clarendon College in the 25th minute, but after collecting a pass from Oshane Coleman inside the penalty box, and with Dowdie at his mercy, he sent his shot wide.
JC also had their chances to extend their lead in the second period, but one goal proved enough in the end.