Four-in-a-row for JC

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA COL­LEGE (JC) fin­ished off an­other ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup school­boy foot­ball sea­son un­beaten, crown­ing them­selves 28-time cham­pi­ons with a 2-1 win over Wolmer’s Boys’ in yes­ter­day’s fi­nal at the Na­tional Sta­dium.

The ‘Dark Blues’ just will not sur­ren­der the school­boy foot­ball ti­tle, win­ning the cham­pi­onship four times in a row. They are now un­beaten in the Man­ning Cup game since 2012.

The ir­re­press­ible Tyreke Magee did the early dam­age for JC, pow­er­ing home low and hard past Shamar Jemi­son in goal in the 16th minute.

Their lead was dou­bled when the tried-and­proven Dono­van Dawkins scored his se­cond goal in as many fi­nals, curl­ing a beau­ti­ful into the Wolmer’s net in the 25th minute.

“It feels so good to score the win­ning goal in a fi­nal again. I didn’t score many in the sea­son, but I am happy with this one,” Dawkins said.

Be­sides the all-im­por­tant goal, he net­ted five times in the sea­son.

Team­mate Ron­aldo Brown, one of few JC play­ers to win four Cham­pi­onships in a row, said he “was happy to end his Man­ning Cup ca­reer and fi­nal game with a win”.

Wolmer’s were handed a life­line on the stroke of half-time, with Al­phanso Gooden pow­er­ing home a Mickel Gra­ham pass in the last kick of the first half (45 plus two min­utes).

COULD NOT FIND EQUALISER

Wolmer’s had the bet­ter of the ac­tion in the se­cond half, but could not get the all-im­por­tant equaliser. Xavion Cros­dale struck a low, hard shot, which headed straight for the JC net, but goal­keeper Ka­jay John­son made a good save. Goalscorer Gooden had a lively se­cond half, but was also guilty of a few bad de­ci­sions in­side the 18-yard box

JC coach Miguel Co­ley said his team came to win the game from the first whis­tle.

“We put them on the back foot from early, so hats off to my guys,” he out­lined.

Mean­while, team man­ager Ian Forbes said, “This very spe­cial win is for our new prin­ci­pal, Mr Wayne Robin­son. We are al­ways hun­gry to win and we have done a great job. “

Yes­ter­day’s de­feat was tough for Wolmer’s to take. It was the se­cond time in fours years that they were los­ing to the Hope Road-based school. In 2013, they were de­feated in ex­tra time.

Wolmer’s coach Vas­sell Reynolds called it “a very tough loss”, be­moan­ing his team’s fail­ure to win a fi­nal in 22 years.

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