Clarendon College edge Cornwall College to win daCosta Cup
Clarendon College's players celebrate.
Clarendon College turned in a big performance to beat Cornwall College 2-1 in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Wata daCosta Cup competition at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday night.
The Lenworth Hyde-coached team prevailed despite playing with 10 men for most of the match following the ejection of goalkeeper Tafari Chambers in the 14th minute.
Chambers was handed a straight red card for handling the ball outside of his box. The goalkeeper left his area to stop Aiden Jakomba, who was fed a through ball by Matthew Thorpe, but only succeeded in getting a hand to the ball. Referee Oshane Nation immediately ruled that the goalkeeper deliberately handled the ball to prevent a threatening move towards goal from Jakomba.
With the ejection of the number one goalkeeper, Clarendon College were forced to sacrifice midfielder Roderick Granville to make way for second-string custodian Alston Corke.
Clarendon College, which dominated play for long periods despite playing against the odds, took the lead in the 53rd minute through National Under-20 player Nicque Daley, who scored from a tight handle inside the 18-yard box after getting the better of two defenders.
Cornwall College equalised courtesy of an own goal when defender Sanjay Williams guided the ball into his own net in the 74th minute, but Lamar Walker, another National Under-20 player, won the game for Clarendon College in the 86th minute when he buried a header home.
The victory enabled Clarendon College to finish the competition with a perfect record and their eight daCosta Cup title. Clarendon College ended the daCosta Cup season with 15 victories from 15 matches.
It was also a special moment for Hyde, a former Clarendon College star, who became the first to win the daCosta Cup as a player and then as a coach.
Hyde won the competition as a player in 1977 under the guidance of coach Winston Chung-Fah.
Clarendon College dedicated the championship victory to Chung-Fah, also a former national football coach and technical director, who died on November 8, 2018 in a Florida hospital at age 78.
Clarendon College will now turn their attention to the all-island Olivier Shield against Manning Cup champions Kingston College on December 8.
The defeat denied Cornwall College a chance of attempting to win all three titles this season. The Dr Dean Weatherly team won the rebranded Champions Cup for the first time last Saturday when defeating Jamaica College 1-0 at the same venue.