Jamaica College end long wait for Walker Cup

Published: Saturday | October 31, 2009

Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Dr Walton Small (left), president of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, hands over the Walker Cup to Jamaica College captain, Ashani Walker, who is surrounded by his teammates, following their penalty shoot-out win over St George's College, in the final at Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.

Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica College (JC) captured their first lien on the ISSA/Pepsi/Digicel urban area Walker Cup knockout schoolboy football competition, following a thrilling 5-4 penalty-kick win over defending Manning Cup champions St George's College at the Constant Spring Complex yesterday.

Both teams had played to a 2-2 draw after full and extra time.

JC, who had lost in eight previous final appearances, scored through Kenrick Reeves (14th) and Ashani Walker (33rd). McKauly Tulloch (17th) and Marvin Morgan (43rd) netted for St George's College.

JC got a glorious opportunity to secure the win early into the second half when Shamal Thomas struck a powerful free kick, which the keeper did well to parry. The rebound, however, fell at the feet of an unmarked Ashani Walker, but he saw his shot ricochet off the upright.

St George's also got their chance to claim the win three minutes into extra time, but Tulloch's effort struck the crossbar.

Decisive penalty

Linsworth Daley scored the decisive penalty for his team to secure its first Walker Cup title.

Daley was naturally delighted to have scored the winning penalty.

"I am so happy right now because a lot of my schoolmates, family and friends have been depending on me. We all did it and that 100 years is history now," Daley said.

"We are winning everything, we are not giving up on nothing," he added.

The team's coach, Alfred Henry, thinks his team deserved the win.

"I am not familiar with the history of JC but I think I have a group of guys who are wonderful," Henry said. "I could not have asked for more than what they did today and I think they deserve the win," he added.

Neville Bell, coach of St George's, is now looking forward to defending their Manning Cup title.

"I think we gave up a couple of soft goals but we fought back and played hard. But when it comes down to penalties anything can happen," Bell said.

"We now have one competition to concentrate on so we have to go after the Manning Cup," he added.

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