Three in a row for JC - Dawkins' late show does it again
Donovan Dawkins scored another late goal to fire defending champions Jamaica College (JC) to a third successive hold on the coveted ISSA-FLOW Olivier Shield, the symbol of all-island schoolboy football supremacy, at the Stadium East field yesterday.
Dawkins, who broke the hearts of St George's College when he found an 89th-minute winner in the recent Manning Cup final, was again the star of the show with a 90th-minute clincher to stun daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). The goal capped a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for JC, who sealed their 20th hold on the trophy.
The STETHS camp was left fuming after the defeat, as they accused the match officials of denying them at least three clear penalties.
Dwayne Foster's 30th strike put STETHS ahead, but the Old Hope Road-based JC rallied in the second-half with goals from Tyrique McGee (50th) and Dawkins.
JC coach Miguel Coley admitted they were poor in the first period, but said a firm team talk at half-time and a few adjustments made the difference in the second half.
"Football is 90 minutes and more. The first half was difficult. We were down 1-0, but we have shown over the years that we are resilient. We knew STETHS wouldn't last the entire game, and we got space and hurt them," he said
JC became the first school to win three straight Oliver Shield crowns since Vere Technical won four titles from 1967 to 1970, and Coley was proud of this achievement.
"It's a fantastic feat for everyone behind this team ... we are the best team (this season). We are an all-round team. We are not the most flashy, but football encompasses everything, and we were the most mental team. We are very organised defensively, and it paid off for us this year," he added.
A set-piece on 30 minutes put the rural champions in front. Foster's free kick eluded everyone before lodging inside the far post.
Five minutes into the second half, a brilliant strike from McGee pulled JC level.
Dawkins and Zeron Sewell wasted great two opportunities to give them the lead. They were not to be denied, however, as Ronaldo Brown slipped a pass to Dawkins, who tucked the ball past Jahmali Waite on full time.
It was STETHS' third defeat in their last three Oliver Shield finals (2009, 2013 and 2015).
STETHS' coach Omar Wedderburn was upset as he thought the game was not decided by the players.
"It's a loss that I really feel upset over," Wedderburn said as he pointed to mistakes made by the match officials.