Clarendon College make light work of defending champs, head to final

By November 16, 2019
Action from the ISSA Champions Cup game between Clarendon College and Cornwall College at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday. Action from the ISSA Champions Cup game between Clarendon College and Cornwall College at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

There still won’t be a successful title defence of the ISSA Champions Cup after Clarendon College comfortably dealt with the final-four challenge from Cornwall College inside the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

While the win was comfortable for Clarendon College, the goals did not come until the second half when Roderick Granville came to the party, notching strikes in the 53rd and the 68th minutes of play. Tajay Williams made the win more emphatic in the 88th minute of play.

Granville’s first goal came courtesy of a long throw into the box that the Cornwall defence did not deal with very well. Granville was quickest to the delivery and slotted home from close range. The attacker’s second goal was more Clarendon College-like, as he benefitted from a beautiful through ball from Jaland Larmand, and using his strength to shrug off the challenging defender, he chipped the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper to make the score 2-0.

Clarendon College’s third goal, again came from an aerial ball that Cornwall failed to deal with. A long cross beat everybody and fell to a Clarendon College player who knocked it back across goal where Williams controlled and passed the ball into the back of the net.

Despite the comfortable nature of the game, Clarendon College enjoying 62 per cent of the possession, coach Lenworth Hyde, was not completely happy.

“We weren’t flowing. We played in patches. It is about time now we get the patches together and try and get a near-perfect game. That is what I am looking for from the players,” said Hyde.

The coach who led Clarendon College to the daCosta Cup title in 2018, was happy about the second half and the fact that his unit was able to turn their possession into a good result, despite the hard work of Cornwall College.

“We worked hard for it. I must lift my hand to the Cornwall team. They did very well in trying to defend their title, but I loved the way we finished the game,” he said.

Dr Dean Weatherly, coach of Cornwall College conceded that he was beaten by a superior team this season.

“It was a game where Clarendon wanted it more than us, one, and two, you can see they are a lot stronger than us in terms of physical strength. We tried our best but we fell short in our decision making on the day. We have a young team so we will be back next year, bigger and better,” he said.



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