JC rule again
Jamaica College (JC) secured their fifth straight hold on the ISSA-FLOW Olivier Shield title with an exciting 3-2 extra-time victory over daCosta Cup champions Rusea's High at the National Stadium last night.
Tevin Rochester in the (47th), Shaniel Thomas in the (79th), and Norman Campbell (92nd) were the scorers for JC, who were winning the Olivier Shield crown for the 22nd time, having first won the title in 1909.
The Old Hope Road-based school ended the season with three trophies, having earlier won the Manning Cup and Walker Cup KO crowns.
Substitute Jhavoy Dias netted both goals for the Vassell Reynolds-coached Rusea's in the 66th and 90th minutes.
Rochester, a former Holy Trinity High player, gave JC the lead when he arrived at the back post to calmly slot home past goalkeeper St Michael Edwards.
However, Dias found the equaliser for Rusea's when he fired home from point-blank range past goalkeeper Khari Williams.
JC regained the lead when Rochester scored with a powerful 25-yard effort past Edwards, who was well beaten at his near post.
However, Dias pulled Rusea's level on the stroke of full time when he made a well-timed run to the centre of the six-yard box to head home a free-kick from Nazine Matalie.
Earlier, JC dominated the first half as they created a number of clear-cut opportunities, however, poor finishing from their attackers let them down.
Thomas thought that he had given the Dark Blues the lead in the 10th minute, but with Edwards at his mercy, his powerful shot from 12 yards went high over the crossbar.
Edwards, who had an outstanding game for Rusea's, produced a spectacular save to keep out an effort from JC's captain Maliek Howell in the 31st minute.
Campbell also came close to scoring for JC on the stroke of half time, but after receiving a good pass from playmaker Tyreek Magee, he sent his shot wide of the target.
Rusea's best scoring opportunity in the first period fell at the feet of Kenroy Campbell, but his close-range effort went high over the crossbar.