St George's lift Shield
North Street-based school takes trophy 5-2 on aggregate
Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau:Manning Cup champions St George's College added the Olivier Shield to their trophy cabinet for a second-straight year, following yesterday's 1-1 draw with daCosta Cup kingpins Glenmuir High at Brancourt in Clarendon.
St George's took the Shield 5-2 on aggregate, following their 4-1 first-leg victory at the Constant Spring Sports Complex last Wednesday.
It was that man again, Newton Henry, who was in the right place at the right time for Glenmuir, when he volleyed home in the 78th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead in the second leg.
Then in what was truly a comical moment, Glenmuir goalkeeper Dane Chambers was as surprised as all the spectators after he mis-controlled a shot from Zhelano Barnes in the 88th minute, and the ball ran across the goal line and into the back of the net to level the score at 1-1.
St George's entered the contest boasting a clear advantage, but it was the daCosta Cup champions Glenmuir who were the first to settle as a shot by Christopher Jackson rebounded off the upright in the early stages of the contest.
St George's gradually came into their own and began controlling midfield with their slick passing and came close to opening their account in the 17th minute, but Kendon Anderson's tame shot was fired straight at Chambers in the Glenmuir goal.
The busy Anderson was again fed a neat pass inside the area, but his shot was again easily saved by Chambers as St George's looked to increase their first-leg advantage.
In the 30th minute, Glenmuir's Shamaine Taylor sprinted some 15 yards with the ball but, with the St George's keeper at his mercy, he fired wide of the target.
Glenmuir continued to press the issue down the left flank and unlocked George's defence on a couple of occasions but just could not get the final pass to pull a goal back.
Just before the half-time whistle, Henry had an opportunity to give his team the lead but miscued his shot as the goalkeeper made an awkward tackle to snuff out the danger.
The second half was an almost entirely different affair with end to end action. Nico Campbell, the St George's goalkeeper, had to come up with a big save to deny daCosta Cup final hero Newton Henry in the 53rd minute.
"We were never focused today and we paid for that. A moment of carelessness cost us the win today, but congrats to St George's for a good game," said Jackie Walters of Glenmuir.
"We decided that 4-1 down after Wednesday's game was always going to be tough and so it proved. But it wasn't a bad season for us," Walters added.
Marcel Gayle, the St George's College assistant coach, said: "We wanted to win the game. Unfortunately, we could not break down Glenmuir's defence. They were more disciplined than the first game, as they stayed behind the ball," Gayle said.
So the day ended with the school which won the Shield in 1912 lifting the trophy again in 2012, 100 years later.