JC lift inaugural LIME Super Cup with 2-0 win over 'Trinity'

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, November 09, 2014

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JAMAICA College defeated Holy Trinity High 2-0 to lift the inaugural all-island LIME Super Cup trophy and pocketed a cool $1 million at Sabina Park, yesterday.


Donovan Degree rammed home in the 26th minute from just inside the box before Raffique Bryan tapped home from close range in the 44th minute.


JC, the defending all-island schoolboy champions, turned in a workman-like performance, defied the partisan crowd rooting for the underdogs and remained on course for the unprecedented four titles in one season.


The Miguel Coley-coached boys from Old Hope Road are also into the urban Walker Cup Knockout final against St George's College and the semi-finals of the Manning Cup.


With both finalists guaranteed $200,000, JC collected a further $625,000 for winning the Super Cup final. They had in the bank $100,000 from their semi-final victory over St Elizabeth Technical High School and $50,000 for their quarter-final win over Cornwall College.


With all 16 teams that qualified for the LIME Super Cup receiving $25,000, JC tallied a whopping $1 million, and deservedly so. Holy Trinity for the losing effort collected $375,000 overall.


In front of a packed Sabina Park venue, JC went on the offensive quite early and never looked back.


The giant-killing act that many of the approximately 15,000 spectators were hoping to see, didn't materialise, as Holy Trinity's Cinderella run came to an end.


Last season's Manning Cup MVP Junior Flemmings, again led from in front although he failed to score. The skipper slipped by his marker on the touchline and his cross into the box was not dealt with properly by the Holy Trinity defenders, allowing Segree to fire home from 15 metres.


Flemmings, the former National Under-17 captain, turned provider once again, outpacing a defender and crossing for the arriving Bryan to send the JC supporters in a frenzy.


With time running out, Joel Sterling pounced on a long ball and rattled the crossbar in the 90th minute, the closest Holy Trinity came to scoring.


But JC, like true champions, easily subdued the few Holy Trinity attacks late on for a facile victory.


Winning coach Coley was clearly a happy man.


"We were very efficient and effective today (yesterday), and we came out victorious," said Coley after collecting his winners' medal.


"They rested some of their players, so we knew we were not as strong as they were so we wanted to get the job done from the first half, and we did that," he added.


"The experience and the character really showed. Defensively we were stout. Holy Trinity did a lot of things, especially in the middle, which was good for us as long as they weren't penetrating," he noted.


The entire JC squad collected their medals before LIME's Carlo Redwood presented the attractive-looking trophy to captain Flemmings, who lifted it above his head to loud cheers from his teammates and the JC supporters who stayed back for the presentation.


It was a well-deserved victory and could be the first of four titles for JC as they continue their onslaught on schoolboy football.


   

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