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Clarendon College become first rural team in 14 years to win Olivier Shield

By December 08, 2018

A mix of Kingston College (KC) profligacy and a brilliant strike from Clarendon College’s (CC) Andre Nicholson led to the latter holding aloft the Olivier Shield, becoming the first rural school do so alone in 14 years. The trophy was shared between Glenmuir High School and Bridgeport High School in 2006. 

Nicholson, who had come on as a substitute, put his foot right through a shot in the 87th minute of play to make the only mark on a game that while not the highest in quality, was certainly befitting of one that would crown the best schoolboy football team in the island.

Earlier, it was KC who had made all the running, pushing back the normally free-playing CC, but there wasn’t much in the way of goalmouth action.

There were chances though, Ronaldo Robinson, Oneeko Allen, and Travone Reid were all guilty of not putting them away for KC. Allen and Robinson missed badly when they should have, at least, hit the target, while Reid had his one-on-one chance with the CC goalkeeper well saved in the second half.

Despite the flow of the game showed KC to be the more attacking minded of the teams, it was actually Clarendon who took the lion’s share of shots, putting 19 of their efforts goalward.

One of those shots fell to Nicholson, who receiving a pass from Lamar Walker a few yards from the 18-yard box, took a small dribble before realizing the KC defence had been on the backfoot and drove his decider to the left of a hapless Nathaniel Francis in the KC goal. The powerful shot may well have been the goal of the season in what was the game of the season.

Clarendon’s win was also important for their coach, Lenny Hyde, who, 40 years ago, won the title as a player for the second time in a row. Now, just as he did with the daCosta Cup, Hyde has won the title as both player and coach.

The season was a perfect one for Clarendon, the DaCosta Cup Champions losing one game in all competitions to date.

Paul-Andre Walker

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