Clarendon College, Cornwall College in big daCosta Cup final today
Two unbeaten teams, Clarendon College and Cornwall College, will face off on Saturday in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Wata daCosta Cup at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 6:00 pm.
It will be the second straight daCosta Cup final for Clarendon College, which lost 2-1 to Rusea’s High last year after taking a 1-0 lead courtesy of a 35th-minute strike from Nicque Daley.
The seven-time champions will enter the final on a high as they have won all their 14 matches in the competition this season leading up to the final. During that run, Clarendon College hammered in 59 goals and conceded only four.
The Lenworth Hyde-coached team was on fire in the semi-finals on November 21 in Montego Bay as they defeated Dinthill Technical 4-0. National Under 20 player Nicque Daley led the way with a double strike, while Ricardo McIntosh and Javel Ellis scored the other goals.
On the other hand, 12-time champions Cornwall College won 15 games while drawing one to get into the championship match. But while Clarendon College had an easy semi-final victory, Cornwall College were held to a 0-0 draw by Frome Technical in regulation time but eventually secured a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks.
During their run to the final, Cornwall College found the back of the net on 44 times and conceded nine.
The Dr Dean Weatherly team will be trying to stay on course to win all three titles this season having already won the rebranded Champions Cup last Saturday when beating Jamaica College 1-0 in Montego Bay.
The victory was achieved through a 19th-minute strike by captain Shavon McDonald. It was the first time that a rural-area school was crowned champions in the five-year-old competition that features the eight teams that won their second-round Digicel Manning Cup two-way play-off games and the eight teams that finished as winners and runners-up in their respective Wata daCosta Cup quarterfinal groups.
As a result of making the Champions Cup final, Cornwall College will be contesting their second final in seven days and will come up against a well-rested Clarendon College, which have been inactive since the daCosta Cup semi-finals 10 days ago.
An interesting final looms.