The ‘Cubans’ of Garvey Maceo High won their second ISSA DaCosta Cup title and the first in 15 years since 2007 after a throughout and complete 5- 0 hammering of first-time finalists Mannings Schools at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex on Friday, January 21, 2022.
Gregory Cousins scored a hat trick and Cleo Clarke got a brace in one of the most lopsided finals in decades as Garvey Maceo completed an unbeaten season in the daCosta Cup while Mannings School lost for the first time.
Both finalists had created upsets in the semi-finals, Garvey Maceo beat two-time defending champions Clarendon College while Mannings School edged Dinthill Technical on penalty kicks.
Garvey Maceo’s win has seen schools from Clarendon win all titles at stake so far, Clarendon College won the Champions Cup last weekend and earlier in the day Edwin Allen won the Ben Francis KO, their first major football trophy.
In the daCosta Cup final, Mannings School ended the game with 10 men after Javin Williams was sent off in the second half after picking up a second yellow card.
Garvey Maceo raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to Cousins who scored in the 14th minute, skipping over one tackle before beating the goalkeeper, and again in the 35th minute when he scored from close range from a cross from Orlando Lawrence.
Clarke made it 3-0 just before halftime, picking up a long ball from his goalkeeper, beating two Mannings players before finding the back of the goal.
Garvey Maceo was held at bay until the 73rd minute with Mannings down a player before Cousins completed his hat trick scoring from a free-kick all along the ground with Clarke getting his second and his team’s fifth in the 85th minute.
Six-time champions St Elizabeth Technical and first-time finalists Edwin Allen will contest Friday’s final of the ISSA Ben Francis Knock-out competition after scoring contrasting wins in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
STETHS just got by Frome Technical 1-0 in the second game of the doubleheader after Edwin Allen had scored a resounding 4-0 win over Manchester High in the first game, both played at the STETHS Sports Complex.
Michael Jerman’s goal just before halftime was all STETHS needed to advance despite a spirited game from the 2006 champions.
In the first game, mistakes by Manchester High’s goalkeeper Othneil Reid gifted Edwin Allen a 2-0 lead, both goals scored by Richard Henry.
Henry got his first goal in the sixth minute when a shot from outside the 18 yards box, slipped through his legs and Henry got to it first and kicked it across the line.
Henry got his second goal in the 60th minute when Reid dropped a high cross and Henry was in the right place to collect the ball and stroke it into the far left corner.
Harris scored the third goal, in the 76th minute when he beat Reid with a free-kick from the edge of the 18 yards area and Ackeem Mullings rounded out the scoring when he scored in time added on at the end of the second half.
Jaheim Harris scored two second-half goals to lead Edwin Allen High to a 3-2 win over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex and lift their first-ever major football title on Friday.
Edwin Allen better known for their prowess in female track and field came back from an early goal down but took charge in the second half to score an exciting win over the six-time champions.
Edwin Allen was the 15th team to lift the title and the sixth different team in the last six years.
STETHS started the better team and grabbed the lead in the sixth minute when Negus Daley beat goalkeeper Kimani Matthews at the near post, finding the far corner.
They held the lead until the 47th minute when Alwayne Bryan latched on to a rebound from his first shot to power it back past the STETHS goalkeeper.
Harris got his first in the 63 rd minute to restore Edwin Allen’s lead but second-half substitute David Wright pulled STETHS level with a header from close range in the 84th minute.
Edwin Allen High would not be denied however and Harris had the last word, waltzing through the STETHS defence before letting fly with a powerful left-footer in the 89th minute that left the goalkeeper stranded at this near right post.
Clarendon College ended their season on a high after beating Dinthill Technical 1-0 in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup competition played at the stadium east field on Saturday.
In the first final between teams outside of Kingston, Clarendon College rebounded from Wednesday’s crushing loss in the semi-finals of the daCosta while Dinthill Technical lost back-to-back games to end their season which had shown so much promise not so long ago.
Dinthill Technical ended the game with 10 players after Shamar Martin was shown a second yellow card late in the game and was sent off.
Kaheem Dixon who had scored Clarendon’s first goal in their semi-final win over Kingston College scored the winner in the 53 rd minute on Saturday.
Clarendon College who had lost the 2019 final to Kingston College, are the second school from outside of Kingston to lift the Champions Cup after Cornwall College was the first in the 2018 season when they beat Jamaica College.
Christopher Hull’s cross from just outside the Dinthill Technical area was met by Jaheim Rose but his shot was blocked but the ball fell in the path of Dixon who poked it across the goal-line.