STETHS, Glenmuir in Ben Francis final
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Defending cham-pions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Glemuir High will contest the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Ben Francis Cup football final after wins against Clarendon College and Dinthill Technical yesterday.
STETHS beat Clarendon College 6-5 in a penalty shootout at Juici Park in Clarendon, while
Glenmuir blanked Dinthill 2-0 at Jamalco Sports Club, also in Clarendon.
The Glenmuir team marched into the final with goals from captain Ricardo Dennis in the 55th minute and Garcio Williams in the 72nd minute.
At Juici Park, it was an intense battle as both teams had their moments during a gruelling contest. However, after regulation and 20 minutes extra-time, the deadlock was not broken. It took the dreaded penalty kicks to decide the outcome and STETHS prevailed.
happy with team
Donjay Smith, captain Rushane Nelson, Nickalous Gayle, Tavar McCulloch, Glendon Gopaul and Orlando Clarke netted for the winners. For Clarendon, the scorers were Seigel Knight, Andrew Gutzmore, Xhane Reid, Oshane Coleman and Shanoe James. Ryan Knight missed during sudden-death penalty kick.
Coach of STETHS, Omar 'Rambo' Wedderburn, was happy that his team won and has a chance to defend the Ben Francis Cup.
"It's a good feeling to know that we are in the final and on the way to another title. We spent quality time on penalty kicks and the boys were perfect. We knew that once the goalkeeper saved one we had a great chance," Wedderburn told The Gleaner.
"It was a big game from both teams. I appreciate how the boys played today (yesterday). They stood up and fought all the way. We will now prepare for the final against Glenmuir," he reasoned.
Meanwhile, veteran schoolboy coach, Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, was disappointed that they lost.
"It is a part of life," the Clarendon College coach said. "We got the opportunities to score, but failed. It went down to penalties, so congrats to STETHS."
The final will be played this Friday at Juici Park, starting at 2:30 p.m.