This is very sweet!

Outgoing JC coach Coley in 'fifth heaven' after Olivier Shield success

By Howard Walker
Senior staff reporter

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jamaica College defeated Rusea's High School 3-2 in extra time and gained their 22nd hold on the prestigious all-island Olivier Shield inside the National Stadium yesterday.

Tevin Rochester (48th), Shaniel Thomas (80th), and Norman Campbell in the third minute of extra time secured the coveted schoolboy football triple crown which also included the Manning Cup and Walker Cup titles.

Substitute Jhavoy Dias scored twice for Rusea's in the 67th and four minutes into time added to send the match into extra time.

It was the fifth-consecutive Olivier Shield title for JC as they continued their dominance of schoolboy football.

It was JC's second victory over Rusea's in the Olivier Shield with both having met in 2010.

JC head coach Miguel Coley, who will be leaving the school to join German coach Winfred Schaefer at Iranian club, Esteghlal, said this victory was the sweetest.

“This is the sweetest because no team has ever won five consecutive Olivier Shield (outright). It is sweet, it is very sweet,” beamed Coley.

“It a fantastic feeling, especially to win with a group of boys who everybody counted out. This is the first time that I have won three bona fide titles for a year.

In 2014 we won the Super Cup, but this is the first time I am winning a Manning Cup, a Walker Cup and Olivier Shield.

Congrats to these boys, I love them, and they have worked hard all season,” said Coley, who was soaking wet after being drenched with water by his players.

It was a deserved victory for JC as they continued the dominance of corporate area teams.

The last time a rural team won outright was Glenmuir High in 2004. In 2006, Glenmuir also shared the title with Bridgeport High.

JC, the most successful schoolboy football team, now adds their 22 Olivier Shield titles to the 29 Manning Cup, three Walker Cup crowns, and one Super Cup title for an impressive 55 titles overall.

However, Rusea's, out of Hanover, did make JC fight hard for victory, and coach Vassell Reynolds was proud of the effort of his players.

“We didn't play as good as we wanted in the first half, but we soaked up the pressure and we gave them too much room,” said Reynolds.

“We hung on in there, we fought, but it just didn't happen for us, but overall I thought it was a good performance,” he noted.




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