Jamaica College (JC) will be led into next season’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition by former National Under-17 coach Davion Ferguson.

Ferguson’s appointment comes on the back of a trophyless season for the dark blues, the first time in five years, former coach, Andrew Peart overseeing the disappointment.

Peart resigned from the post after less than a year in job after he failed to match the achievements of Miguel Coley before him.

Coley had won five straight Manning Cup titles before leaving for an overseas assignment, but Peart found St George’s College in the way at last year’s final-four stage.

Peart is still head coach of the University of the West Indies, UWI, in the Red Stripe Premier League and it is believed that the conflict between the two assignments was what led to his resignation rather than his failure to bring a trophy to JC.

Reports have come out to say JC principal, Wayne Robinson, had asked Peart to focus completely on the school, as that was what it needed. However, Peart could not let go of his commitment to UWI.

UWI coach Andrew Peart has insisted he is proud of the team, despite being eliminated from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a 1-0 loss to Mount Pleasant at Drax Hall on Sunday.

In a balanced encounter, which headed into the second leg tied 2-2 on aggregate, the game was ultimately decided from the penalty spot.  Striker Francios Swaby fired high into the roof of the net from 12 yards out to give the home team the win in the 27th minute. 

The referee had pointed to the spot after a shot from just outside the area, from Mount Pleasant midfielder Cardel Benbow, struck the outstretched arm of UWI defender Michael Edwards. 

UWI had limited chances to equalize but still sniffed out good enough chances to get back on level terms.  Ramone Reid missed a point-blank header, delightfully set up off an accurate cross just minutes after going behind.  Later on substitute Patrick Brown saw his shot to goal cleared of the line by Mount Pleasant defender Ricardo Campbell in the 88th minute.

“We got one golden opportunity we never capitalised on it.  This is what these games come down to. They had one chance, created out of nothing really, it was just an unfortunate ball to the hand and they scored from the penalty,” said UWI coach Andrew Peart.

“We knew it was always going to be tough because the 17 games they played at home this they went ahead in the first half in 14 of them and never relinquished the lead, so we knew we needed something out of body today,” he added.

“The crowd was not in the game today because they saw our quality and saw that we could score at any moment.”

 A new Manning Cup champion will be crowned in 2018 as St. George’s College defeated five-time defending champions Jamaica College 2-1 on Tuesday in semi-final action at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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