issa-sbf-white-logo.png
ssflogo2.png

Clarendon College become first rural team in 14 years to win Olivier Shield

By December 08, 2018

A mix of Kingston College (KC) profligacy and a brilliant strike from Clarendon College’s (CC) Andre Nicholson led to the latter holding aloft the Olivier Shield, becoming the first rural school do so alone in 14 years. The trophy was shared between Glenmuir High School and Bridgeport High School in 2006. 

Nicholson, who had come on as a substitute, put his foot right through a shot in the 87th minute of play to make the only mark on a game that while not the highest in quality, was certainly befitting of one that would crown the best schoolboy football team in the island.

Earlier, it was KC who had made all the running, pushing back the normally free-playing CC, but there wasn’t much in the way of goalmouth action.

There were chances though, Ronaldo Robinson, Oneeko Allen, and Travone Reid were all guilty of not putting them away for KC. Allen and Robinson missed badly when they should have, at least, hit the target, while Reid had his one-on-one chance with the CC goalkeeper well saved in the second half.

Despite the flow of the game showed KC to be the more attacking minded of the teams, it was actually Clarendon who took the lion’s share of shots, putting 19 of their efforts goalward.

One of those shots fell to Nicholson, who receiving a pass from Lamar Walker a few yards from the 18-yard box, took a small dribble before realizing the KC defence had been on the backfoot and drove his decider to the left of a hapless Nathaniel Francis in the KC goal. The powerful shot may well have been the goal of the season in what was the game of the season.

Clarendon’s win was also important for their coach, Lenny Hyde, who, 40 years ago, won the title as a player for the second time in a row. Now, just as he did with the daCosta Cup, Hyde has won the title as both player and coach.

The season was a perfect one for Clarendon, the DaCosta Cup Champions losing one game in all competitions to date.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. 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.

Related items

  • De Gea and Kepa could share Spain starting spot, says Moreno De Gea and Kepa could share Spain starting spot, says Moreno

    David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga could be made to share Spain's number one shirt with neither player guaranteed a starting spot under Robert Moreno.

    Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa has started each of the national team's three matches since former head coach Luis Enrique handed the reins to long-time assistant Moreno in March.

    Manchester United star De Gea previously owned the position, but a poor World Cup and disappointing club campaign last season weakened his claims for a place in the XI.

    Spain return to Euro 2020 qualifying action in September and will do so without a defined first-choice option behind the back four.

    "My goalkeepers are De Gea, Kepa and [Roma's] Pau Lopez," Moreno told radio station Cadena SER.

    "I like that there is competition. Kepa is not ahead of De Gea, and neither is ahead of Pau.

    "I want to get to the Euros with three goalkeepers who are ready to compete. They are all playing at a high level and there are nuances and differences between them. All three have good footwork.

    "At Barca, we won the treble alternating goalkeepers."

    Despite his limited experience as a head coach, Moreno was appointed to Spain's top job on a permanent basis in June after recording three victories as caretaker.

    Luis Enrique was forced to leave the role for family reasons and while little is publicly known about the exact circumstances, Moreno confirmed he has recently been in contact with the former Roma and Barca boss.

    "He wants total privacy. There is little else I can tell you. He's fighting," Moreno said.

    "Our friendship goes beyond the professional field. If at any time I have questions, I have the freedom, as long as the circumstances allow, to ask them.

    "I learned from him how to deal with players. Learn how they think, what they want, what they need.

    "Books do not explain it to you. He put me by his side and taught me all that."

  • Rumour Has It: Barcelona to submit Neymar bid Rumour Has It: Barcelona to submit Neymar bid

    Neymar continues to dominate the headlines and Barcelona look set to finally get serious in a move for the Paris Saint-Germain star.

    The Brazil international, 27, has been linked with a move from PSG, but progress has seemingly been slow amid links to Barca and Real Madrid.

    It appears Juventus are now ready to join the race, too, as Barcelona prepare to submit an offer.

     

    TOP STORY – BARCELONA TO SUBMIT NEYMAR BID

    Barcelona have decided to submit a formal offer to PSG for Neymar, according to RAC1.

    The cover of Sport reads 'Offer Offical' as Barcelona continue their pursuit of the star they sold to PSG for €222million two years ago.

    They say Barca are hoping to get a deal done and have an option to buy Neymar next season.

     

    ROUND-UP

    - There may yet be a bit to play out in the Neymar saga. AS report Juventus have opened talks with PSG and are keen to sign the Brazil star, willing to offer Neymar the €37m per year net he currently makes at PSG.

    - Paulo Dybala could be part of a Juventus move for Neymar. Dybala was reportedly close to a Premier League switch earlier this month and is valued at €80m and a target for PSG, according to Sport and the Daily Mail, giving the Ligue 1 champions an ideal replacement for Neymar.

    - Christian Eriksen's Tottenham future remains unclear. However, ESPN FC report the Denmark international is only interested in moving to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Juventus if he leaves Tottenham.

    - As Barcelona try to find a deal for Neymar, Nelson Semedo has been one of the players mentioned as part of a potential package. However, Marca report the defender does not want to go to PSG and Barca are aware.

    - Roma are still trying to strengthen their defence and Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi has emerged as a target, according to TuttoMercatoWeb. The Serie A giants would consider an initial loan move for the defender.

    - Franck Ribery could be close to making a decision on his future. According to Fabrizio Romano, the former Bayern Munich star is in advanced talks with Fiorentina.

  • Klopp: Liverpool couldn't afford Coutinho Klopp: Liverpool couldn't afford Coutinho

    Jurgen Klopp revealed Liverpool could not afford to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield as he backed the attacker to shine at Bayern Munich.

    Coutinho's move to the Bundesliga champions was confirmed on Monday, the Brazil international joining on a season-long loan from Barcelona with Bayern holding an option to buy for €120million.

    The 27-year-old had also been linked with a return to Liverpool, where he starred for five seasons before joining Barca.

    Klopp said the European champions could not spend the money required to sign Coutinho, with Bayern paying an €8.5m loan fee and the star's wages.

    "It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it," he said at the Sport Bild awards on Monday.

    "We have already spent the money that we got for him."

    Klopp backed Coutinho to shine for Bayern after struggling to have an impact at Barcelona.

    "He's a great player, a great boy," the former Borussia Dortmund coach said.

    "We were reluctant to sell him, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak.

    "He is a player who can change games for the positive. It's not that nice for Dortmund, but it's a great transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.