November 29th, 2014
Jamaica College (JC) remained on course for a clean sweep of the senior schoolboy football titles after retaining the urban area ISSA/LIME Manning Cup on Saturday at the National Stadium.
The Miguel Coley-coached team defeated Charlie Smith High 2-1 in the Manning Cup final. It took extra time to win the prestigious schoolboy football title.
Raffique Bryan was the hero for JC as he drilled home the winning goal in the first period of extra-time following a 1-1 score line at the end of full time.
JC got the winning goal after Charlie Smith was reduced to 10 players. Charlie Smith had to play the entire extra time period a player down as Lennox Cameron was ejected in the closing stages of full time after accumulating two yellow cards in the match.
Earlier, Bebeto McDonald scored the goal of the match to push the game into extra time after JC had taken a 61st minute lead. McDonald’s equalizing strike came from just outside the 18-yard box where he picked up a ball and hammered into the roof of the net.
Star player Junior Flemmings had handed JC the lead when he guided the ball over the head of the advancing goalkeeper Leon Taylor.
JC coach Miguel Coley said the school has achieved its objective of winning the Manning Cup title.
“This is the one we wanted to win,” he said.
“We had a horrible first half because Charlie Smith was able to stop our rhythm because of their defensive type of playing. However, we were able to get back our rhythm in the second half and as always a champion knows how to win,” concluded Coley.
The Manning Cup represents the second title for JC as the school had won the inaugural Super Cup on November 8 by beating Holy Trinity 2-0.
Charlie Smith’s coach Jerome Waite said he lost the game following the ejection of Cameron.
“When that player was ejected from the field, that was where JC had the better of play. It was a tough and hard game and the ejection hurt us,” noted Waite.
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