Coley praises JC on fantastic season

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December 12, 2016
Jamaica College captain, Oquin Robinson is presented with the 2016 Olivier Shield by Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association president, Dr Walton Small, after the Manning Cup holders defeated Cornwall College 4-3 on penalties to win a fourth straight shield for their school. JC Principal Wayne Robinson (second right) and head coach Miguel Coley (first left) look on. Contributed

Jamaica College coach, Miguel Coley has praised his team for a fantastic season after they wrapped up 2016 by winning the Olivier Shield 4-3 in penalty kicks over Cornwall College on Saturday.

"It's been a fantastic season for this group of players. They have made themselves and the school proud," he told STAR Sports.

The Old Hope Road team proved just too tough for the daCosta Cup title holders Cornwall College, outlasting them in a nerve-racking penalty shoot-out after ending regulation and extra time locked at 1-1, to claim a fourth-straight Olivier Shield title at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

never strayed

"It was a beautiful game. Both teams took turns controlling the ball but we never strayed from our intent even after they had equalised," Coley said.

Star player Peter-Lee Vassell, Jourdaine Fletcher and Michael Heaven fired home for Cornwall.

JC skipper Oquin Robinson, the impressive Tyreek Magee, Ajeanie Talbott and Chevony Willis were cool under pressure in putting away their kicks for the Manning Cup champions.

Dwayne Harding of Cornwall College fired straight down the middle, which was easily saved by goalkeeper Kojay Johnson.

unravelling

That signalled their unravelling and after Willis slammed his kicked into the back of the net to give JC 4-3 lead in the shoot-out.

Victory was assured when Howard Dent watched his kick crashed against the crossbar and the JC delegation celebrated.

Fletcher then notched a leading 36th goal of the season to secure the golden boot award, when he scored the equaliser in the 56th minute of the pulsating match.

Cornwall's coach Dr. Dean Weatherly said his players had a great season, winning the daCosta Cup without losing a game, but fell short.

"We created our chances but never put them away. We did equalised but against a strong team such as JC it will always be difficult," Weatherly said.

- P.C.

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