Mannings and Garvey Maceo advance to DaCosta Cup Finals
Former champions Garvey Maceo High and first time finalists Mannings School both scored upset wins to book their places in the final of the ISSA daCosta Cup football competition at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Garvey Maceo High ended the two year run of Clarendon College, winning the Clarendon derby 3-2 after Mannings School had beaten Dinthill Technical 4-2 on penalty kicks in the first game.
The two will meet in the decider on January 21st, 2021.
Both Clarendon College and Dinthill Technical who had already secured their places in the first all rural Champions Cup finals from last weekend had gone into the games as favourites to set up another clash.
In the second game, Cleo Clarke scored twice to lead Garvey Maceo High to to their win in the parish derby and halted Clarendon’s march to a third straight title.
Garvey Maceo, the 2007 champions, got off to a good start and pushed Clarendon College back on their heels and were rewarded with a 2- 0 lead early in the second half but had to hold on for the slender win.
Gregory Cousins scored his 17 th goal in all competitions in the 45th minute to give Garvey Maceo the lead and Cleo Clarke made it 2-0 a minute into the second half.
Jaheim Rose pulled one back from Clarendon College when he scored from the penalty spot in the 51 st minute but Clarke scored his second of the game in the 80 th minute to restore his team’s two goals lead.
Substitute Damion Abrahams threw Clarendon College a life line when he scored directly from a corner kick in the 85 th minute but they were not able even draw level with Garvey Maceo.
Mannings School made history after they outlasted Dinthill Technical in a game of evenly matched teams.
Mannings starting goalkeeper Ashwani Campbell kept his team in the game as he pulled off a series of saves, especially in the first half to deny Dinthill who had the best scoring chances.
Jhamaleek Porter gave Mannings School the lead in the 54 th minute, the first goal Dinthill Technical were conceding in the daCosta Cup but Jaheim Thomas pulled them level in the 82nd minute and forced the game into penalty kicks to decide the winners.
Tomlinson played a big trump card when he pulled Campbell and replaced him with Mikhail Romans who pulled off a big save in the shoot out to lead them to the win.
Despite being perfect from the spot in Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-finals against Jamaica College, Dinthill came up short as only two players managed to score with Romans saving the crucial fifth shot from Shamier Hutchson.
Ricardo Matthews and Thomas scored for Dinthill while Abeena Wallace, Rushawn Graham, Jahmaro Hall and Shamar Hamilton scored for Mannings School.