Wonder strike helps Cornwall College become first rural team to lift Champions Cup

By November 24, 2018

Cornwall College (CC) are the champions of the rebranded ISSA Champions Cup, becoming the first rural team to lift the trophy courtesy of a wonder striker from Shavon McDonald which gave them a 1-0 victory over Jamaica College (JC). 

JC began to realize the fear of going through a season titleless for the first time in five years after McDonald scored a peach of a goal in the 19th minute to leave the dark blues of Hope Road trailing.

Picking up a throw that bounced awkwardly in front of him just inside the box, McDonald used his head to lift the ball over his marker who had gotten too close and turned before firing into the far corner past a hapless Khari Williams in the JC goal.

Cornwall’s lead was deserved as they looked the more organized team throughout the first half, but there were signs that JC could get back into the game, with some delightful attacks stretching the opposition back four.

In the second half, JC were the more the dangerous of the two teams and should have equalized with the Shaneil Thomas bringing an end to his injury-ridden season with a couple of missed chances you would have expected him to take.

JC leading goalscorer Norman Campbell celebrated a birthday today, and despite some exciting play from him, there was to be no double celebration as Cornwall held strong for the most part, interspersing some good defending with good-looking attacks, down the left side through McDonald and down the right through Salano Birch.

After the game, JC coach Andrew Peart put head in hands at the realization that he had failed to live up to the expectations created by Miguel Coley’s legacy.

“It’s too early to summarise feelings right now. We’ve just lost a final, a final that we gave our all. A final where we had many close encounters to score but we just didn’t,” said Peart.

“Credit to the boys, they gave it their all,” he said.

On the other side of the coin, Dr Dean Weatherly, coach of Cornwall College, credited his team for some hard work.

“We worked very hard for this. It has been slipping through our fingers for a few years now so this is befitting of the hard work we put in over the summer,” he said.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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