St Catherine High won their first-ever football title on Friday after outscoring Excelsior High 3-2 at the national stadium to lift the ISSA Walker Cup KO title.
Ashawni Brown scored two goals in the first half for St Catherine High, scoring 19 goals for the season, as they came back from a goal down to win as Excelsior lost in back to back finals after losing to another first time winner, Hydel High last year.
In a pulsating game that was the curtain-raiser for the Manning Cup final as St Catherine High who were in their first major final, led 3-1 before hanging on for the slim victory.
Jevon Smith who also had two goals in the game, gave Excelsior the lead in the 29th minute before Kamika Davis levelled the scores in the 36th minute.
Brown got the first of his brace in the 39th minute to make the score 2-1 in favour of St Catherine then added another just before the half time break to gave his team a two goals advantage.
Excelsior cut the deficit to one goal late in the second half when he scored a penalty kick but that could not come all the way back.
Kingston College became the first school to win the ISSA Champions Cup KO twice after beating Clarendon College 1-0 in the final played at the National Stadium on Saturday to end their season on a high, despite missing a penalty.
Three days after losing to Jamaica College in the semi-finals of the Manning Cup at the same venue, Kingston College rose to the occasion by outplaying a tentative looking Clarendon College.
Kingston College added to the title they won two years ago, this one coming under similar circumstances after they had lost in the semi-finals of the Manning Cup.
It was Clarendon College’s first loss of the season as they now turn their attention to defending the DaCosta Cup title against Dinthill Technical next weekend in Montego Bay, Ronaldo Robinson scored for KC in the 63rd minute beating goalkeeper Prince Daniel Smith with a high arcing shot into the far top right corner of the goal.
Earlier Michael Allen’s penalty kick was saved by Smith who had given up the kick after compounding an error by dragging down a KC striker who had a clear run at the unprotected goal.
Jamaica College won an unlikely 30th lien on the ISSA Manning Cup on Friday, beating St Andrew Technical 5-4 on penalty kicks after they played out a dour 0-0 draw in regulation time.
It was an almost carbon copy of the 2017 final where JC beat STATHS via the same route and won for the sixth time in seven years while extending STATHS’ run to a 33rd year since they last won the Manning Cup.
Jamaica College who qualified for the semi-finals on goal- difference failed to win any of their last five games in regulation time; losing one and drawing two games in the quarter-finals for a minus Goal-Difference.
They then beat Kingston College on penalty kicks after STATHS beat Wolmers Boys by the same route.
On Friday JC was perfect from the spot in the shoot out while goalkeeper Tyreke Barnett saved Tyrese Smith’s fifth penalty for STATHS.
St Catherine High created football history today after qualifying for the final of the ISSA Walker Cup KO, their first-ever football final after beating nine times former champions St George’s College 5-4 on penalties in their semi-finals at the Stadium East Field.
The teams had played out a 1-1 regulation time before the Spanish Town based school won and will meet Excelsior High in the November 29th final.
Excelsior returned to the final in back to back season after outscoring Camperdown High 4-3 in a thriller.
St George’s College who just missed the semi-finals of the Manning Cup on goal-difference and lost in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup when they lost to Cornwall College, took the lead through Shantamoi Taylor in the 40th minute before Javaughn Cole levelled for St Catherine in the 64th minute.
They failed to break the deadlock and in the shoot out a miss by St George’s College’s Tahj Hylton made the difference.
Excelsior who will make a second attempt to win their eighth Walker Cup title as the team shared seven goals with the first three coming in a five minutes span in the first half which ended in a 2-2 scoreline.
Rojaughn Joseph gave Excelsior the lead in the 15th minute but Camperdown leveled from the penalty spot through captain Giovanni Laing two minutes later.
Junior Parker restored Excelsior's lead in the 20th minute but once again Camperdown drew level when Shawn Daley scored in the 37th minute.
Camperdown took the lead for the first time in the game when Tivelle Edwards scored in the 63 rd minute but Jhevan Smith got Excelsior back on level terms at 3-3 when he scored in the 70th minute before Daniel Clarke got the winner in the 85th minute.