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STETHS, Glenmuir clash in Ben Francis Knockout final

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 11:00 AM
St Elizabeth's Donjay Smith.

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:At the start of the 2014 ISSA/LIME schoolboy football season, the St Elizabeth Technical High head coach, Omar Wedderburn, stated that the defence of their two titles was their main objectives.

He will get the chance at one today when his team meets Glenmuir High in the Ben Francis Knockout final at Juici Field in Clarendon at 2:30 p.m. in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Back then, Glenmuir stunned their opponents for their sixth knockout title. Two years on, and they are hunting a seventh.

The defending champions' run to the final meant overcoming one of the better teams in the competition - Clarendon College - and it took 90 plus minutes and a penalty shoot-out, which they won 6-5 for them to earn a spot in today's grand final.

gutsy performance

It was a gutsy performance and has further galvanised the Omar Wedderburn-coached school as a unit capable of producing on the big stage.

"It is an exciting feeling knowing we have one of our main objectives just one win away," said Wedderburn.

"Glenmuir is never an easy team to play, so this final will not be a walkover. It will be a hard-fought game, but we are confident of doing what we must accomplish," Wedderburn said.

Warren Simpson has his Glenmuir team playing really well when it matters. All season, they have been among the top teams, and after brushing aside Dinthill Technical 2-0 in their semi-final they will be ready for the challenge.

"At the start of the season, I had put it out there that we are in it not just to participate, but to compete, and we will be competing against the defending champions," Simpson said.

"We need to ensure that we play good football, and hopefully, at the end, we will have a good result," he said.