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Williams powers JC to hockey title

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Williams

Jamaica College hockey star Jahmar Williams did not have the best start to the season as he struggled to find his form in the preliminary round.

However, the youngster rose to the occasion when it mattered most, scoring both goals in their 2-0 semi-final win over Munro on Wednesday, which booked his team's spot in the ISSA/Jamaica Hockey Federation under-19 schoolboys hockey final.

Then in yesterday's decider at the Mona Astro Turf, the forward netted the game's only goal - two minutes from the end (58th), to help the Old Hope Road school win the championship for the third year in succession with a 1-0 win over Campion College.

"It's a good feeling (to score winning goal in final). Coach always tell us what we do in training, we are going to do in the match. He told me to stand at the back line and when the ball comes, I should give it my all and that's what I did," Williams told The Gleaner after the game.

Williams' start to the season was not the most eye-catching but as the competition wore on, he got better and better and in the play-offs he turned up trumps for his school.

"I started (season) on a low but I got in the groove, and as a result, I scored four goals (for the season). I could have played better (in final), but I got the winning goal and that's all the team needed," he said.

GREAT GOALKEEPING

The champions had the better of the game from the start, but inspired goalkeeping from Sean-Paul McPherson kept the game scoreless. Campion also had their chances, but could not capitalise. With the game heading for penalties, Williams combined with Chevaun Stanley before guiding his shot past McPherson in the Campion goal

"We tried really hard in the first-half, but the Campion goalkeeper made some brilliant saves, but at JC, we never doubt ourselves we say just believe and you will achieve," added the player, who has two more seasons with the team.

Winning coach Kemar Mitchell said he expected a tough match.

"Coming in the tournament Campion was one of the strongest teams. We tried to score early, but I told the guys to just wait patiently and the goal will come," he said.