Coley hails JC after Olivier Shield triumph
Jamaica College (JC) head coach Miguel Coley and his team put the lid on what he called a fantastic season after Saturday's Olivier Shield capture in Montego Bay, in a game that both himself and his Cornwall College counterpart Dr Dean Weatherly agreed, lived up to the expectations.
Manning Cup kings JC proved just too tough for the daCosta Cup title holders Cornwall College, outlasting them in a nerve-wracking 4-3 penalty shoot-out win, after both teams ended regulation and extra time locked at 1-1.
JC's win at the Montego Bay Sports Complex secured a fourth-straight ISSA-Flow Olivier Shield title or the urban area champions and extended the misery for daCosta Cup teams, which have, for 12 years failed to exclusively lift the title, which is still considered the symbol of schoolboy football supremacy.
"It's been a fantastic season for this group of players. They have made themselves and the school proud," Coley beamed after leading JC to their 23rd hold on the shield. "It was a beautiful game. Both teams took turns controlling the ball but we never strayed from our intent even after they had equalised."
Both teams went at it from the first blast from referee's Danion Parchment's whistle, with JC having the first sniff at goal, when Ronaldo Brown had his attempt on goal saved by Jamario Hines, the Cornwall goalkeeper in the 19th minute off a Magee corner kick.
On the 30th minute mark, Fletcher drilled his free kick from 30 yards out straight down the middle for Johnson to save.
The momentum swung back and forth throughout the half and just when it seemed the teams would enter the break even, JC struck, when Magee's free kick from 20 yards out took a deflection that Hines did well to get a finger on but couldn't keep out in the 43rd for the 1-0 lead. Cornwall's striking sensation Jourdaine Fletcher then notched a leading 36th goal of the season to secure the golden boot award, when he scored the equaliser in the 56th minute of what was a pulsating match.
He also came close in acrobatic fashion in the 73rd but the ball went narrowly over the crossbar with the JC defense in wonderland.
JC, though playing beautiful football never threatened Cornwall's goal until it was time for the shootout, which they won 4-3 to keep the shield in Kingston for a fourth straight year.
Cornwall's coach Dr Dean Weatherly said his players had a great season, winning the daCosta Cup without losing a game, but fell short by not taking their chances in the shield final against an organised JC.
"We created our chances but never put them away. We did equalise but against a strong team such as JC it will always be difficult," Weatherly said.
In the shoot-out, star player Peter-Lee Vassell, Fletcher and Michael Heaven fired home for the daCosta Cup champions.
JC skipper Oquin Robinson, the impressive Tyreek Magee, Ajeanie Talbott and Chevony Willis were cool under pressure in putting away their kicks for the Manning Cup champions.
Dwayne Harding of Cornwall College fired straight down the middle, which was easily saved by goalkeeper Kojay Johnson.
That signaled their unraveling and Willis slammed his kicked into the back of the net to give JC a 4-3 lead in the shootout.
Victory was assured when Howard Dent watched his kick crash against the crossbar to hand Cornwall College another crushing title match loss, after they fell to Wolmer's Boys in the Super Cup earlier this season.