Clarendon, Cornwall are rural U-16, U-14 champions

Clarendon, Cornwall are rural U-16, U-14 champions

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Saturday, December 10, 2016

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Clarendon College and Cornwall College were on Thursday crowned ISSA/Tru-Juice Rural Area Under-16 and Under-14 champions with identical 1-0 victories over Glenmuir High and Knox College, respectively, in finals at Manchester High.


The rural area champions will now face Corporate Area Under-16 champions Kingston College and Tivoli High on Monday in the national decider, also at Manchester High.


Colin Fletcher’s goal late in the second half made the difference for Clarendon College and avenged a quarter-final loss to Glenmuir High, while Dishaun Dobson’s third-minute header carried them to their first Under-14 rural area title since 2010.


It was a bit of redemption for Clarendon College after finishing the Under-19 competition empty-handed, losing in both the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Knock Out semi-finals.


After their contrasting wins in the semi-finals on Monday, fireworks were expected between the Clarendon rivals, and while Clarendon College created a lot of scoring chances, Glenmuir High goalkeeper Tyrece Brown pulled off a series of saves, several from point blank shots.


Clarendon had to wait until late in the game before Fletcher finally unlocked the Glenmuir defence and carried his team to the title.


In the first game of the double-header, Cornwall College got off to a fast start as they scored from a set play in the third minute, Dobson heading past goalkeeper Alden Campbell from a free kick taken by Tavoy Noicely.


Cornwall had two good chances to add to their lead, but Calvin Stephenson was impatient and, despite getting past the defence and with only Campbell to beat, decided to shoot early and had both shots saved.


Knox College created a good scoring chance midway the first half, but Cornwall College goalkeeper Jordan Shaw made a double save to deny Dominic Reid from close up.


The Manchester-based Knox were the better team in the second half, hitting the frame of the goal twice and missing a penalty kick when Reid hit the crossbar after a Knox player was fouled in the box.


Cornwall College, however, survived that onslaught and held on to their slender advantage to lift the title.

  


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