MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaica College (JC) completed a clean sweep of the major titles in the 2010 ISSA/Pepsi/Digicel schoolboy football season yesterday after winning their 17th Olivier Shield title and first ever 'triple crown' in the school's over 200-year history.
The Urban Area double champions took the title with a 1-0 aggregate win after playing to a 0-0 draw with daCosta Cup winners Rusea's High in the return leg at Jarrett Park.
The Old Hope Road-based institution had previous won the Corporate Area Manning and Walker Cup Knock-out crowns and to put icing on the cake, won a fourth title as they also retained their all-island ISSA Under-14 trophy on Friday, beating Rural Area champions Cornwall College 1-0 in extra-time in the final played at Dinthill Technical.
Yesterday's match was exciting in patches, with Rusea's coming forward in the second half when JC were content to get players behind the ball and defend, with only few forays forward.
Longserving team manger Ian Forbes told reporters after the game that the win was the end of "a very fruitful season for us".
An emotional Forbes said the journey started "years ago, and this is the culmination of hard work, discipline and dedication from a bunch of youngsters who were determined to create history first time in 211-year history that we have won the triple crown".
SaidForbes: "We are very elated. We came in here expecting a good game and we got it in front of a big crowd for the opposition, but our young men acquitted themselves very well and we are very proud of them."
Rusea's head coach Emerson 'Diggy' Henry was understandably disappointed and told the Sunday Observer, "I guess we did not want it badly enough".
The veteran coach said his team showed "a little more energy than the last time, but we still could not put it together and I guess we were satisfied with the daCosta Cup".
Asked why he thought the team failed to play to the level they had shown in earlier games, Henry said, "I guess we were concentrating on some other things, some side issues", adding that "it was unfortunate that the same weekend we won the D'Cup the (Rusea's) PTA had their annual barbeque and there was one big celebration and we lost focus".
Rusea's had their first real chance at goal in the 16th minute when Brian Brown was sent through by Jermaine Woozencroft, but his shot went just wide of the top left corner of the JC goal.
JC hit back with two good chances of their own, but Rusea's had another close shave in the 20th minute when Anthony Walker's shot from close range flew just wide.
Both teams had good scoring chances late in the half. JC's hitman and skipper Ashani Walker hit the Rusea's upright in the 44th minute, and less than a minute later, Anthony Walker's header was saved by JC's goalkeeper Gary Whynter.
Early in the second half, Nicholas Scott's close range shot came back off the knees of Rusea's goalkeeper Lamoy Graham, while in the 59th minute, Nicodie Haughton got by the JC left-back, but his low, hard cross flew across the field with none of his teammates in place to tap in.