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Coach of Cornwall (CC) Dr Dean Weatherly has hailed the togetherness of the team as a crucial ingredient in its success, after the historic capture of the ISSA Champions Cup on Saturday.

Cornwall became the first team from rural Jamaica to lay claim to the Champions Cup title, following a 1-0 over Jamaica College.  Shavon McDonald got the game’s only goal in the 19th minute, which ensured their illustrious opponents would the season without a trophy for the first time in five years. 

Weatherly, who has also led the team to the daCosta Cup final where they will face Clarendon College, had warm words of tribute for the closeness of his charges.

“We were working as a team.  As a whole family.  We cried together and we laughed together and enjoyed everything.  We’ve had sad times, happy times and today is the day we stuck to the task,” Weatherly said in looking back at the season.

In front of a sizeable crowd at the National Stadium, Cornwall put away their early chance, before riding a bit of luck after Jamaica College failed to capitalize on chances to equalize.  Weatherly revelled in the historic nature of the achievement.

“Cornwall is a team that always creates history.  It is in our DNA,” the coach said.

 

 

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). 

Jamaica College (JC) and Cornwall College will clash in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rebranded Champions Cup all-island knockout football competition. 

Jamaica College (JC) coach Andrew Peart is looking for consistency from the unit ahead of a huge run of games, following an impressive show of strength against STETHS in the semi-finals of the ISSA Champions Cup on Friday.

A hat-trick from striker Earon Elliot and another from Javian Thompson led JC to a punishing 4-0 win over St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) at Sabina Park.  The result pushed the team into the final of the Champions Cup, where they will look to become the first team to win the competition twice.  The ‘Dark Blue’ will face Cornwall College (CC) in the final, who earlier defeated George’s 2-0.

Before then, however, JC will have to turn their attention to a semi-final against St Andrew Technical, a repeat of last year’s final four match-up.

Excellent performance but this is just the semi-finals,” Peart said of the result.

 “We have to try and repeat this on a much bigger stage and game by game.  Consistency is the key for us, that is the target and we just have to go again,” he added.

JC will attempt to become the first team to win the trophy twice.

St Elizabeth Technical coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn has bemoaned a lack of tactical astuteness on the part of the team, on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Jamaica College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals on Friday.

A hat-trick from JC front man Earon Elliot and another goal from the returning Javain Thompson sealed a victory that was relatively comfortable for the Dark Blues.  Elliot opened the scoring in the 15th minute and added another in the 36th with his third in the 69th coming after Thompson’s goal in the 65th.

Even though they created a few chances throughout the encounter, opportunities to score for STETHS were few and far between.

“The game started with us playing too deep.  We were playing like we came for a defensive session today.  We allowed JC to come at us and they made uses of the chances coming forward,” Wedderburn said.

“We weren’t ready tactically today because the team never carried out the instructions or play the way that we wanted them to, but these games do happen, it’s not a nice feeling but that’s how it is,” he added.

 The win saw Jamaica College advance to the final of the competition, where they will face Cornwall College who defeated St George’s 2-0 in the day’s earlier game.

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) have already claimed revenge against Kingston College, who booted them from a previous ISSA Champions Cup. Now, they face Jamaica College, who snatched all-island glory from them in a previous Olivier Shield. Is more vengeance on the cards? 

Cornwall College and St George's College do not have much of a history against each other. They will be writing the first few chapters of that history when they meet in the semi-final of the ISSA Champions Cup later today.

 Jamaica College (JC) dispatched Holy Trinity High School, 2-1, courtesy of a Norman Campbell brace (28’, 88’), the double coming in response to Roy Evellyn’s peach of an opener.

St George’s College (STGC) were the most dominant team in the quarterfinal of the ISSA Champions Cup on Saturday, the light blues of North Street running out 5-0 winners over a usually dogged St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at Stadium East. 

St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), one of the two remaining daCosta Cup teams in the ISSA Champions Cup, will face off against a strong Charlie Smith side when the competition resumes on November 9 and 10. 

Now that the quarterfinal dye has been cast, be the first to guess the final four of the ISSA Champions Cup!

In one of only two ISSA Champions Cup round of 16 games on Saturday to end in regular time, Ziddon Braithwaite’s 55th-minute strike sent Camperdown through over Frome at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

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