'Country school time now!' - Cornwall aim to break urban stronghold on Champions Cup
Cornwall College coach Dr Dean Weatherly says it is his team's intention to break the corporate area's stronghold on the ISSA Champions Cup and that their defeat in the 2016 final to Wolmer's has been a source of motivation to them winning the title this season.
Since the ISSA Champions Cup (formerly FLOW Super Cup) was inaugurated in 2014, urban schools have dominated and have won all four editions thus far.
However, after scoring an impressive 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten St George's College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-final at Sabina Park on Friday, Weatherly declared his team's determination to become the first rural school to lift the trophy.
"That is our intention (break urban dominance)," said Weatherly after his team's victory. "We have a semi-final (in the daCosta Cup) and then we go again for this (Champions Cup). We need to go for this one," he stated.
"We are really not afraid of anybody and we'll play anybody anywhere, that is the attitude of this team. We are here to set the trend, we are trendsetters not followers, we are leaders," he said.
The Champions Cup final will take place this Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex starting at 6:00 p.m. against Jamaica College.
Cornwall showed their class against St George's College, outplaying the former champions with Aiden Jakomba and captain Shavon McDonald getting the goals in a relatively comfortable 2-0 win.
However, the veteran coach said he was also really pleased with how the team applied itself coming to Kingston to take one of the biggest scalps in corporate area schoolboy football.
"That (2016 final) defeat kind of inspired us to win the title this season. We have that to make up for. On that day we gave a good performance but the ball just did not drop for us, hopefully it will this time," he said.