JAMAICA College defeated Papine High School 1-0 on Monday at Mona to win the ISSA/JHF Under-19 Schoolboy title.
Darrel Forshaw, the MVP of the Final, scored from a penalty corner in the 18th minute for JC, who ended the tournament scoring 19 goals and conceding none with a defence buttressed by goalkeeper Quincy Bryan.
"The main aim for this tournament was to go one better than last year when we made it to the final," said coach Orane Charlton. "This is the culmination for the hard work and determination the guys put in," he added.
JC's captain Kemar Mitchell was the leading goalscorer in the tournament with nine goals, as well as player of the second and third week of the tournament. Munro College's Amin Miller was player of the first week and his teammate Brandon Clarke, player of week four.
For Papine High Boys, meanwhile, it was a huge improvement, moving up from last place last year to finish as runners-up, said coach Andrea Hoo Thomas.
"I'm disappointed about the loss because of a defensive error in the goal area, but I'm not dismayed because my players have shown tremendous improvement in different parts of their skill work," she stated. "I'm looking forward to the Under-16 which most of the players would be on the team."
She noted that a change of attitude, commitment to game, and the family atmosphere created in the team were integral to their rise from last to second in the 11-team boys competition that was divided into two groups in the preliminaries with the top teams advancing to the semi-finals.