Fi­nal des­ti­na­tion

Corn­wall de­feat Claren­don 2-1 for first fi­nal ap­pear­ance since 2001

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: ORNWALL COL­LEGE reached their first daCosta Cup fi­nal in 15 years when they clipped Claren­don Col­lege 2-1 in the ISSA-FLOW semi-fi­nal yes­ter­day at St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal

Gio­vanni Reid and Ai­den Jkombo were on tar­get for Corn­wall, who had to with­stand a late charge from Claren­don, dur­ing which time Creg­gton Charl­ton man­aged to score.

Play­ing with­out the in­flu­ence of Peter-Lee Vas­sell, who later en­tered the fray as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute, and with Jour­daine Fletcher not yet warmed to the oc­ca­sion, it was left to Reid to pro­vide Corn­wall’s first threat.

He was first to meet a Fletcher cor­ner-kick, out­jump­ing the Claren­don de­fend­ers around him to flash a pow­er­ful header into the net in the sixth minute.

But when Charl­ton, who looked dan­ger­ous, par­tic­u­larly in the first half, was al­lowed to sneak a cross that was drilled into the area to equalise in the 85th minute, many thought the game would again go to the wire.

CClaren­don Col­lege goal­keeper Ben­jamin Wil­liams (left) catches the ball ahead of Ai­den JKombo (back to cam­era) of Corn­wall Col­lege dur­ing the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup semi-fi­nal at St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal yes­ter­day. Corn­wall ad­vanced to the fi­nal with a 2-1 win. Pagiel Brown (right) of Corn­wall Col­lege pres­sures Claren­don Col­lege’s Creg­gton Charl­ton for ball pos­ses­sion dur­ing yes­ter­day’s ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup semi-fi­nal match in Santa Cruz. Corn­wall won 2-1 to book a spot in the fi­nal.

But then in the 87th minute, the supremely tal­ented Vas­sell took charge. He darted into the area, draw­ing the at­ten­tion of two Claren­don Col­lege de­fend­ers, and when he was chal­lenged, the ball ran loose to Jkomba, who beat Ben­jamin Wil­liams in the Claren­don goal.

It was a fine vic­tory for Corn­wall as they marked a won­der­ful

cam­paign with­out a de­feat in the daCosta Cup. They have only lost twice all sea­son, once to Len­non in the Ben Francis Cup and to Wolmer’s Boys in the FLOW Su­per Cup fi­nal.

“The match went ac­cord­ing to plan ex­cept for the Claren­don Col­lege late goal, but we showed de­ter­mi­na­tion to score late on our­selves to clinch a good win,” Dr Dean Weatherly, Corn­wall Col­lege head coach, said.

It was over­all a dis­ap­point­ing dis­play from Claren­don, with lit­tle ur­gency shown in the fi­nal third.

They had three at­tempts on tar­get in the first half, with Charl­ton com­ing ag­o­nis­ingly close in the 15th minute. Then in the 31st minute, the Claren­don ag­gre­ga­tion had a shout for penalty ig­nored by ref­eree Dan­ion Parch­ment, as the ball can­noned off a Corn­wall player in­side the area.

Claren­don Col­lege’s team man­ager, Richard Palmer, at­trib­uted the loss partly to ref­eree’s de­ci­sions, which, he said, never went his team’s way.

“We are just dis­ap­pointed that the penalty was not given. It was plain that the player han­dled the ball in­side the area, but we are happy to have come this far but re­gret that the jour­ney had to end like this,” Palmer said.

Corn­wall’s op­po­nents in the fi­nal will be known this af­ter­noon when de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal tackle Len­non High at the Manch­ester High School ground at 2:30 p.m.

PHO­TOS BY PAUL CLARKE/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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