Deja Vu as JC beat STATHS in Walker Cup final
KINGSTON, Jamaica – It was Deja Vu as Jamaica College beat St Andrew Technical High (STATHS) 7-6 in sudden death penalties in the final of the ISSA Walker Cup competition played at the National Stadium on Friday.
It was the fourth time Jamaica College were winning the KO trophy and also the fourth time they were beating STATHS in a final after victories in the Manning Cup finals in 2017, 2019 and 2022.
It was a replay of last season’s Manning Cup competition which JC won on penalties and on Friday the teams were locked at 1-1 after regulation time and 4-4 after the first five penalties before a controversial decision by referee Tyrone Robinson, to allow Jamaica College to retake a spot kick that was initially saved by STATHS goalkeeper Jaheem Williams.
The Jamaica College player protested and fourth official Kesla Anderson consulted with referee Robinson who ruled that the ball was moving before it was kicked and instructed that the kick be retaken.
Leon Brown headed STATHS into the lead early in the game but Jamaica College rallied to draw level in the second half when Renson Sayers converted from the penalty spot after Malachi Sterling was fouled just inside the box.