Clarendon explode in extra time to capture Ben Francis Cup
Clarendon College found their best form in extra time to blow away Dinthill Technical High 4-1 in the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis KO final at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz yesterday.
The win has extended Clarendon's 100 per cent win record this season and handed them the season's first rural title.
Dinthill were out of the blocks early. Top marksman Kaheem Parris went clear of his marker in the box and shot to goal. His shot was blocked by goalkeeper Benjamin Williams, but Shamari Davis was there to slam the loose ball into the roof of the net in the fourth minute.
They kept this slender margin to the break but lost concentration 10 minutes into the second half and gifted Clarendon's top scorer, Nicque Daley, his 19th goal of the season. Dinthill managed to keep the scoreline level to the end of regular time, but in extra time, it was all Clarendon. They scored three goals in just 16 minutes to demoralise their rivals. Demario Phillips (94th) and Lamar Walker (101st and 110th) were the scorers.
Defender Kimani McIntyre was one of the key players in the Clarendon win, and he came in for special praise from technical director Lenworth Hyde as he kept Dinthill's leading goal scorer, Parris, quiet for most of the game.
Hyde was very happy with McIntyre's performance and admitted that they would now find it hard to select their squad for future matches as he had only come in for the suspended Sanjay Williams. He also applauded the overall team performance, which he believes stemmed from the brilliant possession and positional system of play they have working for them.
"I think he (McIntyre) played an excellent game today in shutting down Parris and that was the plan. Our overall performance was excellent also and the boys have been doing it all season. We have put a system in place and players believe in it so that's what worked today," said Hyde, who was elated to win his first schoolboy title as a coach after winning as a player in 1977 with the same school.
Head coach of Dinthill Curtis Hamilton said that his team stopped playing after the equaliser but held on up to extra time when they lost their discipline altogether.
"We were not making the transition quickly enough, so at times we lost our shape," Hamilton said. "Throughout the game, we both had chances, but it is just unfortunate for us to concede three goals in extra time," he added.