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Five-star Garvey lift daCosta Cup

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer
Garvey Maceo High School players celebrate with their ISSA daCosta Cup trophy.
Garvey Maceo High School players celebrate with their ISSA daCosta Cup trophy.

Western Bureau:

A five-star performance from Garvey Maceo High School saw them lift their second ISSA daCosta Cup title with a 5-0 win over Manning’s School at the St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, yesterday.

The star of the show for Garvey Maceo was former national under-17 player Gregory Cousins who scored a hat-trick. He opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he skipped by one defender to slot the ball home. He was again on the scoresheet in the 35th minute putting the ball past an onrushing Ashawni Campbell who was in goal for Manning’s. Garvey Maceo made it three on the stroke of half-time with Cousins’ strike partner Cleo Clarke driving at the defence line and firing a powerful shot brushing the fingertips of the goalkeeper who had a day to forget.

Cousins brought up his hat-trick in the tamest of fashions rolling the ball past a poorly positioned wall beating the goalkeeper who was in no-man’s land in the 73rd minute. The free kick was awarded after Manning’s went down to 10 men. Javin Williams was sent off after his second caution. Clarke netted his brace in the 85th minute.

GREAT MILESTONE

Coach Merron Gordon said it felt very good to win trophies at all age levels with the same team.

“Very good feeling. It’s very good for the boys as we are one of the few schools who would have won the respective titles under-14, 16 and now daCosta Cup. It’s very good for the programme and the school, so we are happy,” said Gordon, who showered praise on his goalscorers.

“Cleo (Clarke) and (Gregory) Cousins are very good players who captained the under-14 and 16 teams, respectively. They are experienced players.”

He continued: “I think tactically we got it right. We got an early goal and pushed them back. I think because of the high line we knew we had good players who could play passes around them and it worked.”

Veteran coach of Manning’s, Everton Tomlinson, said it’s disappointing to see the occasion get the better of his players.

“Trust me, it’s really tough. I was expecting us to turn up and play our best game for the season. I don’t think we came out here today with the real heart and attitude to become champions. The players displayed a lot of nervousness and indiscipline,” Tomlinson said.

“I have to give them credit for working hard throughout the season. Even today, we had some moments but I think the occasion got the better of them the fact that most of them are 15 years old,” he added.

In the curtain-raiser, Edwin Allen High defeated hosts STETHS 3-2 in the Ben Francis KO Cup final to lift their first-ever schoolboy football trophy.