Donovan Dawkins scored another late goal to fire defending champions Jamaica College (JC) to a third successive hold on the coveted ISSA-FLOW Olivier Shield, the symbol of all-island schoolboy football supremacy, at the Stadium East field yesterday. Dawkins, who broke the hearts of St George’s College when he found an 89th-minute winner in the recent Manning Cup final, was again the star of the show with a 90th-minute clincher to stun daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). The goal capped a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for JC, who sealed their 20th hold on the trophy. The STETHS camp was left fuming after the defeat, as they accused the match officials of denying them at least three clear penalties. Dwayne Foster’s 30th strike put STETHS ahead, but the Old Hope Road-based JC rallied in the second-half with goals from Tyrique McGee (50th) and Dawkins. JC coach Miguel Coley admitted they were poor in the first period, but said a firm team talk at half-time and a few adjustments made the difference in the second half. “Football is 90 minutes and more. The first half was difficult. We were down 1-0, but we have shown over the years that we are resilient. We knew STETHS wouldn’t last the entire game, and we got space and hurt them,” he said JC became the first school to win three straight Oliver Shield crowns since Vere Technical won four titles from 1967 to 1970, and Coley was proud of this achievement. FANTASTIC FEAT “It’s a fantastic feat for everyone behind this team … we are the best team (this season). We are an all-round team. We are not the most flashy, but football encompasses everything, and we were the most mental team. We are very organised defensively, and it paid off for us this year,” he added. A set-piece on 30 minutes put the rural champions in front. Foster’s free kick eluded everyone before lodging inside the far post. Five minutes into the second half, a brilliant strike from McGee pulled JC level. Dawkins and Zeron Sewell wasted great two opportunities to give them the lead. They were not to be denied, however, as Ronaldo Brown slipped a pass to Dawkins, who tucked the ball past Jahmali Waite on full time. It was STETHS’ third defeat in their last three Oliver Shield finals (2009, 2013 and 2015). STETHS’ coach Omar Wedderburn was upset as he thought the game was not decided by the players. “It’s a loss that I really feel upset over,” Wedderburn said as he pointed to mistakes made by the match officials.
Could improve The other daunting fact is that Champs is a month away and he could improve. That would put him within touch distance of the Class One records. Those belong to Zharnel Hughes at 10.12 seconds in the 100 and to Usain Bolt at 20.25 in the 200. Bolt’s mark was set in 2003 and survived a 2013 assault by Delano Williams by just 0.02. A closer look shows that Bolt had an aiding wind of 1.9 metres per second compared to the 0.9 breeze in Williams’ race. It’s not a done deal until the races are run, however, and Ellis will face worthy competition at Champs. Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College has looked good in his outings so far and ran 20.97 seconds to win the Class Two 200m in 2014. Fast-starting Raheem Chambers of St Jago should be in the picture too. He finished behind Ellis in the 100m last year but generally has been great at Champs. He won in both Class Two and Class Three in record times, and while Matherson broke his class 3 mark, his Class Two standard of 10.29 still sparkles. In fact, a win for Chambers would put him in an elite group of sprinters to win the 100 in Classes One, Two and Three. Donald Quarrie and Remaldo Rose of Camperdown, Dexter Lee of Herbert Morrison and Calabar’s Michael O’Hara have done it. Chambers has to beat Ellis to join them. • Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. If you were worried that the showcase sprint events of the 2016 ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships would be dull, worry no more. Nigel Ellis, the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) sprint stylist, changed the landscape last week with brilliant times at Western Championships. Ellis has fans licking their lips in anticipation. Fourth last year in both the Class One 100 and 200 metres, he would have been among this year’s favourites anyway. Now there is no doubt. His Western Champs times – 10.20 and 20.40 seconds – ensure that.