Olivier Shield Showdown - JC, Cornwall seek to polish off season with one more title
Manning Cup winners Jamaica College (JC) will this afternoon put the Olivier Shield title they have won for the last three successive seasons on the line against daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College in a 6:00 pm clash at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Cornwall College for their part will be seeking a first hold on the Olivier Shield - the symbol of all-island schoolboy football supremacy - since they last won it in 2001.
JC are seeking a fourth-straight win. In fact, rural schools have not won the shield since Glenmuir High won it in 2004.
It will be a chance of redemption for the Dr. Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall College, having lost out on two of the four titles they were eyeing at the start of the season.
Cornwall College were unceremoniously dumped from the Ben Francis KO by a spirited Lennon High and were also defeated in the final of the FLOW Super Cup by Wolmer's Boys.
They, however, showed character and a strong will to win, by defeating Clarendon College in the daCosta Cup semi-final, dethroned St Elizabeth Technical of the said title, and going undefeated for what is now regarded as an immortal season for them.
But they will be tested by a determined Jamaica College team. Head Coach Miguel Coley told The Gleaner that his players will not be laying down their title without a fight.
"Our objective (at the start of the season) was to defend the Manning Cup and the Olivier Shield titles, so we try to motivate them to keep fighting. It's the final game of a long season, and we want to end on the right note," said Coley.
"The players looked good in training and focused on coming to Montego Bay to face this very good Cornwall College team," the JC coach added.
ON THE HUNT
Cornwall College, on the other hand, is still high on the recent daCosta Cup success and Weatherly will have his charges on the hunt for one more piece of silverware.
"We have celebrated winning the big one, now we want to top it off with lifting the all-island title, the best in schoolboy football. It will not be easy, but we are champions for a reason. We will give it our all," said Weatherly.
"JC have showed how good they are. It is now up to us to prove again to the doubters that we are a solid team, capable of being great. I am anticipating a very good game," he said.
JC have won the shield 24 times in their history, while Cornwall have won it 11 times, setting the tone for an interesting clash in Montego Bay.