Kingston College are all-island schoolboy football champions for the first time in 36 years after beating Garvey Maceo High 2-0 in the ISSA Olivier Shield game at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth on Saturday, January 29, 2022.
It was the first time Manning Cup champions Kingston College were winning the all-island title in 36 years since 1986, losing to Clarendon College in 2018 and extending their win streak over the daCosta Cup champions to three.
Kingston College had beaten Garvey Maceo 4-0 in the ISSA all-island Under 16 final in 2018 and again in the Champions Cup a year later.
The game which promised many fireworks failed to live up to expectations as both schools found it hard to get back up to the levels they displayed in last week’s Manning and daCosta Cup finals.
Kingston College made Garvey Maceo High pay for their many misses earlier when Luis Watson glanced home a header from a corner in the 43rd minute to give the Manning Cup holders the lead at halftime.
Jemone Barclay doubled the lead in the 54th minute when he fired home a rebound after the Garvey Maceo goalkeeper parried a low hard shot from Christopher Pearson.
Dillion Richards came off the bench to score the winner in the 89th minute as St Catherine High retained their ISSA Walker Cup Knock-out title after edging a gallant Kingston Technical 1-0 in the final played at the stadium east field on Saturday.
St Catherine High dominated the game but failed to score, being kept out by the ‘woodwork’ on at least three occasions but prevailed to win their second senior title, the third Walker Cup victory for coach Anthony Patrick who was also at the helm when they won it for the first time in 2019.
Both teams missed good chances but it was St Catherine who missed the better opportunities and with time running out and the game appeared to be heading to penalty kicks, Richards was well placed to head a cross from Nickyle Ellis into the goal.
St Catherine High had booked their spot in the final after a 2-1 penalty kicks win over Excelsior High in the semi-finals while Kingston Technical had advanced after Mona High was disqualified after they were found to have used two ineligible players in their 5-0 semi-finals win.
Kingston College dethroned ISSA Manning Cup champions Jamaica College after beating their long-time rivals 5-4 on sudden death penalties in the final played at stadium east on Saturday.
In a repeat of the 1975 finals, KC prevailed to lift the Manning Cup for a 16th time after the two evenly matched teams had played out an exciting 1-1 draw in regulation time and were locked at 4-4 after the first five kicks in the shoot out.
Kingston College’s goalkeeper David Martin rose to the occasion when he saved Jaheim Fraser’s kick as Jamaica College lost on penalties for the second time this season after they had gone down to Dinthill Technical in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup two weeks ago.
Christopher Pearson, who transferred from Munro College to KC, gave his team the lead after 29 minutes, volleying home a cross from Jaheim Johnson on the right-wing.
Jamaica College equalized in the 43rd minute when captain Duncan McKenzie’s sweetly struck left-footed free-kick beat goalkeeper Martin and flew into the goal.
The teams scored their first two spot-kicks before Pearson’s kick was saved but Kingston College got back on level terms when Giovanni Mittoo skied his shot over the crossbar.
In sudden death, Demario McCarthy scored for Kingston College but Fraser missed.
St. Catherine High aiming to defend their Walker Cup title after a dramatic penalty shootout win against Excelsior High.
Excelsior High took the lead through J. Simms in the 36th minute after a defensive error by St Catherine High. The eagles looked the better team and took their lead into the half time break.
The second half reminded the fans why it’s a game of two halves as St Catherine came out scorching hot. N. Ellis with a screamer from about 23 yards out brought the Preces back into the game and leveled the score at 1-1.
Full time result was 1-1 and we entered the dreaded penalty shootout. Drama, comedy along with tears and pain followed as both teams missed their first three penalties. St Catherine High broke the omen as they bagged the first penalty of the game and secured their spot in the final with a 2-1 penalty shootout win.
The first semifinal saw Mona High demolish Kingston Technical in what was a one sided affair. Mona ran away comfortable victors by 5-0 and sets up a third game of the season against St Catherine High. Mona High secured their first schoolboy football final appearance without even having to break a sweat.
The Walker Cup final will be played on Saturday, January 22nd at the Stadium East football field at 1PM.
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