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Football is the gateway to success for Denham Town High's goalkeeper Brian Bennett

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Kingston College’s Fabian Grant (left) and Denham Town High’s Donald Walters tussle for possession during their ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Friday. The game ended 0-0.

He might not have been team captain in his four years as Denham Town High goalkeeper, but like the lawyer he is aspiring to be, a talkative Brian Bennett stoutly defends his team.

In this, his final year of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition, the agile goalie, who has kept six clean sheets so far, is hoping to score a scholarship to study law.

"I hope that I can get a scholarship to better my future; that alone I am looking at. I have six subjects and it's my last year in CAPE," said the player.

According to Bennett, who lives in the rough western Kingston community, he wants to become a lawyer to elevate his family and friends in his area.

"Nobody is working on anything for me so far, but I am hoping to have a good season, continue making my name, pass my subjects and, hopefully, get a chance to move forward for a scholarship. I want to study law overseas and I love football," Bennett told The Gleaner.

HELPING FAMILY

"I chose law because I want to help my family and see if I can help out friends and stuff in my community, where living is tough," he stressed.

Bennett stuck with his inner city-based school despite passing his subjects and amid prospects of transferring to another institution.

"This is my fourth year playing Manning Cup. I have played all four years as a starting keeper. I have not been captain, but I am very vocal in helping my team defend and attack as a team," he pointed out.

In Denham Town's recent game against many-time Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, Bennett was a standout, producing save after save and rallying his teammates to defend well and attack asa team.

He describes football as not just about fun, but a way out.

"My family has great expectations of me because they know that I can do it and I am the only one to do it for them. I am determined to do it for them," stressed Jackson, the second of three brothers.

"I stuck with Denham Town because I wasn't sure that I was going to get my subjects. It was a tough time in school and I was waiting on the results, so when I got my results, I wasn't training with any other team, so I stuck with my school," explained the goalkeeper.

He added that life in his community has been a tough one, but he has had to "just keep calm and hold my head high and keep struggling to get my subjects and do good in school".