ALMIGHTY BLUE
JC beat STATHS in 8-7 shoot-out thriller to lift Manning Cup
Members of the Jamaica College (JC) football team celebrate their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup win over rivals St Andrew Technical High School in the tournament final held at Sabina Park on Friday. JC won 8-7 on penalties after both teams were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation time. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

Jamaica College (JC) secured their 31st lien on the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup title after a dramatic 8-7 penalty kick victory over St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at Sabina Park on Friday evening.

Both teams were locked 1-1 after regulation time.

Jaheem Frazer scored for JC in the 27th minute, while Shakeone Satchwell netted for STATHS in the 58th.

Friday's win gave JC their third hold on the trophy in the last five years.

From the penalty spot, Thyeim Shaw, Renson Sayers, Xavier Davidson, Kevaughn Wilson, Maquan Aldridge, Michael Graham, J'havier Lynch and Tarick Ximines scored for JC while Romain Blake missed.

Jamaica College's Kevaughn Wilson (left) shields the ball from St Andrew Technical High's Nickoy Gayle during the final of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup at Sabina Park on Friday. Jamaica College won 8-7 on penalties after both teams played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time.Photo: Karl McLarty

For STATHS, Nickoy Gayle, Ronaldo Livingston, Satchwell, Delaney Whyte, Leon Brown, Omari Laing, Andre Salmon were on the mark, while Nemar Nelson and Rashaun Frankson were off target.

The Dark Blues, as they are affectionately called, defeated STATHS in the 2017 and 2019 finals to lift the trophy.

The live wire Frazer scored his goal for JC with a stunning 25-yard shot that zipped past custodian Jaheem Williams.

However, Satchwell came close to giving STATHS the equaliser a few minutes later, but his shot was cleared off the line by a JC defender.

Omar Reid missed an easy scoring chance in the 40th minute for STATHS as his shot went high over the crossbar from 12 yards.

Satchwell then made up for his earlier miss when he pulled his team level with an easy tap-in at the back post of JC 'keeper Rassico Rose.

It was JC's third victory over their opponents this season, having defeated them 1-0 in the quarter-final round of the Manning Cup and 5-4 on penalties in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup knockout competition after both teams played out a 1-1 draw at full time.

Robert Bailey

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