Jamaica College won their second ISSA Champions Cup title on Saturday and first since 2014 after beating Kingston College 2-1 in the final as the famed ‘Purples’ lost in the Champions Cup final for the first time in three trips.
It was the second title for Jamaica College which had earlier won the Manning Cup as Kingston College ended a promising season empty-handed as they also lost in the semi-final of the Manning Cup.
Maquan Aldridge and Tarick Ximines scored for Jamaica College within minutes of each other on either side of the halftime break while Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards pulled a goal back for Kingston College late in the game.
Jamaica College winning the Champions Cup for the second time matched Kingston College's two liens after winning in 2017 and 2019.
The powerfully built Aldridge gave Jamaica College the lead a minute before the halftime break when he dribbled into the KC area on the left side of the 18 yards box and beat goalkeeper Malique Williams at his right post.
Ximines made it 2-0 for JC in the 51st minute when he dribbled almost the entire length of the Kingston College half before chipping the ball past the advancing goalkeeper into the right corner of the goal.
Richards came close to pulling a goal back for Kingston College in the 60th minute but he connected with a free kick in the 79th minute, powering the ball into the far corner of the goal to give his team and their fan some hope of a comeback.
Despite some close misses for both teams, Kingston College were unable to come back and maybe force penalties.
Omari Laing’s 89th-minute strike was a dagger to the heart of Wolmers as they crash out of the Manning Cup.
STATHS continues its impressive program after reaching yet another Manning Cup semi-finals after defeating Wolmer’s 1-0 at the Stadium East Football Field.
In what was a closely fought encounter, Wolmers were giving as much as they were getting, but their valiant attempt was to no avail as Omari Laing thumped a rasping shot in the 89th minute to steal the victory for his team.
The first game of the day saw 30-times champion Jamaica College brush aside Haile Selassie 2-0 to secure their spot in the Manning Cup semi-finals. Kevaughn Wilson and Jahmarly Bennett were the goal scorers for Jamaica College
Jamaica College prevailed against St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) to beat them 8-7 in a dramatic sudden death penalties shootout after they played out a pulsating 1-1 draw in 90 minutes of regulation at Sabina Park in Kingston on Friday night.
It was the third time since 2017 that JC were beating STATHS in the Manning Cup finals with the last two going to the dreaded penalty kicks.
A week earlier JC had beaten STATHS in penalties in the semi-finals of the ISSA Champions Cup at the national stadium.
It was JC’s third Manning Cup title in the past five years.
Jaheem Frazer scored in the 27th minute to give JC the lead but STATHS fought their way back into the game and were rewarded in the 58th minute when Shakeone Satchwell got the equalizer.
STATHS led in the first set of penalties when the first Jamaica College kick taken by Romaine Blake was saved.
Renson Sayers, Kevaughn Wilson, Maquan Aldridge, and Tarick Ximines made their kicks for Jamaica College as well as Satchwell, Omar Reid, Delaney Whyte, and Nickoy Gayle and had STATHS on the cusp of their second Manning Cup win after making their kicks but Namar Nelson skied the final kick and let Jamaica College off the hook.
In sudden death, J’Havier Lynch, Xavier Davidson, Michael Graham, and Thyeim Shaw made their kicks for Jamaica College as did Andre Salmon, Omari Laing, and Ronaldo Livingston for STATHS but Rashaun Frankson missed.
Jonathan Grant High advances to the knockout stage of the Manning Cup after a 2-0 victory against Tarrant High. Leading scorer Donrick Richards was once again on the scoresheet as he lead from the front to fire his team into the top spot of Group D.
Another result from the group saw Dunoon Technical High shock Norman Manley 2-1. The battle for the top spot resumes on Friday as Jonathan Grant hosts Norman Manley and STATHS will welcome Tarrant High.
Jamaica College dispatched Cedar Grove 9-0 to remain atop Group B and 3 points clear of St. Catherine High who hammered St. Mary’s College 7-1, St. Jago High brushed aside Holy Trinity 4-0 to secure a best 3rd place spot in the knockout stage of the competition.