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Four-in-a-row for JC

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Jamaica College's Donovan Dawkins (right) tries to get past Nickashe Murray of Wolmer's Boys during the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup final at the National Stadium last night. Dawkins scored his school's second goal in a 2-1 win.

Jamaica College (JC) finished off another ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup schoolboy football season unbeaten, crowning themselves 28-time champions with a 2-1 win over Wolmer's Boys' in yesterday's final at the National Stadium.

The 'Dark Blues' just will not surrender the schoolboy football title, winning the championship four times in a row. They are now unbeaten in the Manning Cup game since 2012.

The irrepressible Tyreke Magee did the early damage for JC, powering home low and hard past Shamar Jemison in goal in the 16th minute.

Their lead was doubled when the tried-and-proven Donovan Dawkins scored his second goal in as many finals, curling a beautiful into the Wolmer's net in the 25th minute.

"It feels so good to score the winning goal in a final again. I didn't score many in the season, but I am happy with this one," Dawkins said.

Besides the all-important goal, he netted five times in the season.

Teammate Ronaldo Brown, one of few JC players to win four Championships in a row, said he "was happy to end his Manning Cup career and final game with a win".

Wolmer's were handed a lifeline on the stroke of half-time, with Alphanso Gooden powering home a Mickel Graham pass in the last kick of the first half (45 plus two minutes).




Wolmer's had the better of the action in the second half, but could not get the all-important equaliser. Xavion Crosdale struck a low, hard shot, which headed straight for the JC net, but goalkeeper Kajay Johnson made a good save. Goalscorer Gooden had a lively second half, but was also guilty of a few bad decisions inside the 18-yard box

JC coach Miguel Coley said his team came to win the game from the first whistle.

"We put them on the back foot from early, so hats off to my guys," he outlined.

Meanwhile, team manager Ian Forbes said, "This very special win is for our new principal, Mr Wayne Robinson. We are always hungry to win and we have done a great job. "

Yesterday's defeat was tough for Wolmer's to take. It was the second time in fours years that they were losing to the Hope Road-based school. In 2013, they were defeated in extra time.

Wolmer's coach Vassell Reynolds called it "a very tough loss", bemoaning his team's failure to win a final in 22 years.