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CC shifting focus - Weatherly turns attention to Ben Francis and Super Cups after d'Cup elimination

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold
Contributed Shacquielle Cainn (left) of Manchester High dribbles pass captain Keith Blake of Frome Technical in the quarter-final round of the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup match at Manchester High School field on Saturday. Manchester won 7-0.

Dr Dean Weatherly, head coach of last season's ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College (CC), said that although he is disappointed with elimination from this year's tournament, he still believes the team's season can be somewhat profitable as they are still in contention for the ISSA-FLOW Ben Francis and Super Cups.

CC were dumped from the daCosta Cup after a 1-1 draw with Lennon High at the Juici Patties Field on Saturday. Given Rusea's High had beaten the Montego Bay-based team 2-1 a week before, their

4-0 win over St Mary Technical at the weekend saw them advance to the semi-final from the group instead of Weatherly's side. But Weatherly is hoping that his team will rally for the other tournaments that the current players have never yet won.

"We want to at least come away with some silverware, considering nobody on this team has ever won the Ben Francis Cup or the FLOW Super Cup before, so if that's the case, we will definitely have to go for it and make the season somewhat profitable," he said.




Another team that will not be defending their title this season is last year's Ben Francis Cup champions Lennon High. They were booted from the daCosta Cup and missed out on a spot in the Ben Francis Cup, after finishing behind Cornwall College in the group on goal difference.

Despite recording the biggest margin of victory on Saturday with a 7-0 thrashing of Frome Technical, the Andrew Edwards-coached Manchester High were also eliminated from the daCosta Cup. As a result, they will now turn their attention to the Ben Francis Cup and hope to gain a spot for the Super Cup as well.

"Finishing in second place gives us an opportunity to vie for the Ben Francis Cup, and if we manage to win the first-round game on Wednesday, that will also put us in the Super Cup. So we are still in with a shot at two championships, and we want to conclude our season with some silverware," said Edwards.