Clarendon College won its ninth DaCosta Cup title and third in the last six seasons after beating Dinthill Technical 3-0 in the final played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex after winning back to back titles for the second time and first in 41 years.
Earl Simpson the team’s captain led by example when he opened the scoring in the 55th minute, Andre Nicholson who was a second-half substitute scored in the 81 st minute before Tajhay Williams finished things off three minutes into time added.
It was the first loss in the DaCosta Cup Dinthill in eight games since they beat McGrath High on October 12th to secure their place in the second round and the three goals on Saturday were more than the one goal they had conceded in the last eight games combined.
Dinthill had their moments in the first half but failed to cash in and paid for it in the second half when Clarendon College were able to regroup and take over the game.
Dinthill Technical’s goalkeeper Demero Hill did well to push a drive from Roderick Granville in the 45th minute and Chambers had a weak shot from eight yards blocked by a defender in time added.
Simpson headed them into the lead in the 55th minute, Nicholson who replaced Jaland Larman doubled the advantage in the 81 st when he shot powerfully past the Dinthill goalkeeper into the far left corner of the goal and Williams got the third goal in time added on when he finished off a good move by David Chambers powering the ball high into the goal.
The ISSA Ben Francis KO final has been pushed back by just over a week to next Saturday, November 30 when it will be played as the curtain raiser for the DaCosta Cup final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The game between Garvey Maceo High and BB Coke was originally set for Thursday, November 21 but the organisers ISSA decided to play both game on the same day instead.
Garvey Maceo qualified for the final after completing a 2-1 win over former champions STETHS at Juicie Field on Monday after the game was called off in the first half on Thursday.
BB Coke booked their first major final on Thursday after coming from a goal down to beat Manchester High 2-1.
BB Coke High became the second consecutive first time winners to lift the ISSA Ben Francis Knock-out and the 15th school to be crowned champions after beating Garvey Maceo High 4-2 on penalty-kicks after playing out an exciting 2-2 draw in the final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Garvey Maceo who won the title in 2007m rallied form 0-2 down to draw level in the 86 th minute and should have won it with a late penalty but Barrington Blake skied the kick allowing BB Coke back into the game.
Goalkeeper Shavar Foster came up big for BB Coke in the penalty shoot-out making a save as his teammates were perfect from the spot.
Jason Dyer scored in the 33rd minute to give BB Coke the lead with his 20th goal of the season and Christopher Nelson scored from close range in the 47th minute after a mistake by the Garvey Maceo goalkeeper, handling a back pass led to an indirect free kick inside the 18 yards area.
Garvey Maceo never panicked and slowly clawed their way back into the contest with goals from Marvin Williams in the 55th minute and Jermaine Muirhead in the 86th minute took them level late in the game, setting up a dramatic last few minutes of the game.
Garvey Maceo were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute after Gregory Cousins was hacked down inside the 18 yards area but the usually surefooted Blake sent his shot high over the bar.
In the shoot-out Shemore Forde, Raheim Brown, Kymani Case and Shamar Robinson all scored while Muirhead and Tavan Richards were on target for Garvey Maceo.
Former champions and favorites Garvey Maceo High joined first-time qualifiers BB Coke in Thursday's final of the ISSA Ben Francis Knock-out after beating six-time champions STETHS 2-1 in their semi-final game that continued at Juici Field in Clarendon yesterday.
Garvey Maceo had led the game 1-0 on Thursday when a water-logged field and lightning forced the game to be abandoned and resumed yesterday with the last five minutes of the first half and all of the second half.
BB Coke had booked their spot in their first final on Thursday with a come from behind 2-1 win over Manchester High.
Yesterday, Cleo Clarke doubled Garvey Maceo High’s lead to 2-0 adding to Marvin Williams’ first-half goal last Thursday while Delroy Blake pulled one back for STETHS to keep them in the game but they failed to get the equalizer.