St George’s College stunned Jamaica College 3-2 in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup final at Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.
The champions surprised JC on a soggy surface with goals courtesy of Shevon Stewart in the 13th minute, Gregory Messam Jr (26th, penalty) and Amoy Brown (39th). JC fought back with a brace from Junior Flemmings (61st, penalty) and (90th).
St George’s almost put the game out of reach before half-time, however, JC who went into the game in the hunt for a third title of the season fought back with a brace from captain Flemmings, but in the end it was too late and St George’s held on for their ninth Walker Cup crown.
Coming off a three-week break, St George’s showed determination as they did not want to end the season without a title. On the other hand, JC who won the LIME Super Cup and Manning Cup titles in the past two weeks could not celebrate another trophy.
St George’s College’s veteran coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, praised his team.
“Well, to be honest, I’m not sure if the rest was in our favour. Our strength has always been our confidence,” Bell told The Gleaner.
“I knew JC are a good team, but we are also a good team. This is not a surprise for us,” he added.
Gracious in Defeat
“It was not difficult to motivate the players. They wanted it. We have now won the most Walker Cup titles. We did not get the Manning Cup or Super Cup, but this is a schoolboy trophy. And, we are now tied with JC for most schoolboy titles,” Bell informed.
Meanwhile, JC’s coach, Miguel Coley was gracious in defeat.
“It was a good game. We made critical mistakes in the first half. We regrouped and scored twice in the second half. The team showed the heart of a champion and fought back, but it was too late,” Coley said.
“We will go back and focus on the Olivier Shield next week,” he noted.