This title is special - Magee
Jamaica College's (JC) two-goal hero Tyreek Magee grabbed the headlines after leading his team to the ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup title yesterday, but he was quick to share the spotlight with close friend Javay Johnson, who he hugged in the stands after each strike.
Magee, who was winning the title for the first time in his three years of schoolboy football at this level, ran off the field twice to celebrate his goals with his classmate, who he identified as someone who has always been there for him and kept him grounded.
The attacker's goals in the 26th and 45th minutes piloted JC to a 2-1 win over rivals Kingston College at the National Stadium yesterday, with KC's substitute Trayvon Reid giving his team hope when he netted a penalty in the 80th minute.
"I had to celebrate with my friend (Javay Johnson) because through the rough times he is always there. He is not going to lie to me as he is going to tell me the things I need to know for me to be a better individual and player. I had to celebrate with him," Magee explained.
Magee said coming into the game, the players knew what they had to do.
"On match days, coach (Miguel) Coley don't normally tell me how to play. He does not have to give me any instructions, wherever he puts me to play I always know what to do. He has a certain tactic that we have to work with and that is what we do on a match day," he said about the team's game plan.
JC suffered a 2-0 loss to KC in the Manning Cup quarter-final last month, but Magee said that game was just a bad one for the team.
"I don't follow what critics and fans say. In the first game we did not play well and everybody saw that. We came out today and fought hard and came out winners. I know who I have to listen to. I have good people around me so I put that game behind me. That was not a factor in today's game," the fifth- form student added.
"This victory must be very special because it is the first time that I am winning the Walker Cup. It is special for me and my teammates, coaching staff, and every supporter of JC.
"It is said that over the years Jamaica College don't have much luck in this competition, so I'm very grateful to win this competition," he said.