Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Lucky JC beat Rusea's to win five-straight Olivier Shield titles

Jamaica College players show off the Olivier Shield after defeating Rusea's High at the National Stadium on Saturday,
 December 9.
 (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Jamaica College players show off the Olivier Shield after defeating Rusea's High at the National Stadium on Saturday, December 9. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) secured the Olivier Shield for the fifth straight season by defeating daCosta Cup winners Rusea's High 3-2 in extra time, at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Rusea's High forced the game into extra time when second-half  substitute Jhevoy Diaz scored his second goal of the match, just seconds away from the final whistle, to level the scores at 2-2.  But the all-important goal came from Norman Campbell early in the first period of extra time, the striker took advantage of a mix up in the box and fired home to hand JC their 26th Olivier Shield.

All four goals in regulation time came in the second half, a period that was evenly contested.

JC goals in that period came from Kevin Rochester (48th minute) and Shaneil Thomas (80th minute); while Diaz achieved his goals in the 67th minute and three minutes into time added on.

The opening goal from Rochester came from the first attack, which JC launched following the break.

Rochester pierced the Rusea's defence, pushing wide of the goalkeeper from close range after latching onto a cross from the left side of the field. 

The goal was hardly a surprise as the 'Dark Blues' had dominated the action for most of the first half but was denied by faulty shooting and good goalkeeping from St Michael Edwards.

Rusea's looked much organised in the second half by not allowing JC the space to operate and that pressure slowed down the Manning Cup champions.

Rusea's change of style finally paid off shortly after Diaz was introduced in the game. The diminutive striker drilled a well executed shot, which beat the goalkeeper at his near post.

JC went ahead for the second time, this occasion from pure luck when Rochester hammered a ball towards goal from 30 yards out, but the shot took a wicked deflection off Thomas and totally deceived Edwards in goal to put his team 2-1 up.

With the clocking ticking down, Rusea's came back a second time to equalise at 2-2, Diaz getting a head to a free kick, which was played high into the box.

The victory means that JC finished the 2017 senior football season with three of the four titles.

In addition to the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield, JC also won the Walker Cup knockout, defeating Kingston College (KC) 2-1 in the final on November 7.

KC came back to win the other title (FLOW Super Cup) by defeating St Elizabeth Technical High School 3-0 in the final on November 25 at Sabina Park, after outplaying JC for a 2-1 victory in the November 18 semi-final.