10-man Clarendon College stop Cornwall to hold onto eighth DaCosta Cup title

By December 01, 2018

Clarendon College are the 2018 ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup Champions, outlasting the previously unbeaten Cornwall College 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Sunday night. 

Clarendon were forced to do it the hard way, going down to 10 men when goalkeeper Tafari Chambers left the 18-yard box to tackle the pacey Aiden Jokombo, who had outrun the centre half. Unfortunately, the slide tackle resulted in a handball, giving the referee no choice but to show Chambers a red card.

With just 27 minutes gone, Clarendon were down 10 men to a Cornwall team known for keeping the ball and making the opposition work.

Despite that, it was Clarendon who looked the more purposeful in the second half and it was unsurprising when national under-20 striker, Nicque Daley, turned his markers, darted down the left and struck home a near-post drive that beat the Cornwall custodian in the 51st minute.

At 1-0, Clarendon looked the more dangerous team as Cornwall lost patience and tried to play in a more direct fashion. Leaving Daley to be marked by the two centre halves was also problematic as the under-20 forward had no problem taking the ball with his back to goal and turning them, before foot races ended with pot shots or last-ditch tackling.

But then things would turn, as Cornwall, on a foray down the right side, found the three defenders Clarendon had been using since the start of the second half, a wicked cross from that right side, just missed the outstretched boot of Jocomba, but careened off the chest of defender, Sanjay Williams to leave the score at 1-1 after 72 minutes.

That would not be all though, as Clarendon, who had all five corners in the game, served up a delivery that man-of-the-match, Lamar Walker got his head onto. His glancing header in the 86th minute crept between the legs of the Cornwall goalkeeper, leaving Cornwall to rue the way they played the team with a numerical disadvantage.

This was Clarendon’s eighth DaCosta Cup title and first since 2014.

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