Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
A clinical two-goal blitz from Kashaeif Brown and Peter Campbell propelled Green Pond to a comprehensive 4-1 win over William Knibb in the first round of the Ben Francis Cup, in the opening match of the Jarrett Park double-header yesterday.
The win takes them comfortably into the quarter-final round of the knockout competition and keeps their dream of winning a first-ever ISSA schoolboy football title alive.
In other matches, Manchester, which swept by all-comers in their zone and advanced to the knockout phase with limitless ease, handed Christiana a 1-0 defeat at Kirkvine to also book a quarter-final date, while Clarendon College strolled to a big 6-2 victory in eliminating Zone I winners Marcus Garvey High at Juici Beef Complex.
A 17th-minute strike from Jerome Pringle carried Kemps Hill High to a 1-0 win over Glenmuir, eliminating the Warren Simpson-coached team. The winners will now turn their attention to St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), which will be keen on defending their title, which they have held for two consecutive years. That match will be at STETHS in Santa Cruz on Saturday.
Green Pond have been living the high life this season and showed just why they are the darkhorse.
William Knibb offered what they could, but the will of the Green Pond team came through in the 34th minute when their leading scorer, Brown, fired them into the lead. It was his 12th goal of the season and he would add his 13th in the 76th minute, to sandwich Peter Campbell's double in the 55th and a stunning crack from just inside the area in the 90th minute to delight coach Gregory Daley.
"I am very satisfied with this result, as we came and played well and got the goals to advance, and in a competition such as this, it's the goals that matter," he said.
"I cannot ask for more than what our strikers are able to provide, and that is a stream of goals and, with that the team seems ready for anything," he added.
Dinthill were eliminated 1-0 by St Mary Technical in their game at Highgate, while it took penalties to decide the winner between Paul Bogle and Port Antonio, with the former advancing by a 4-2 margin.
Quarter-final pairings: STETHS vs Kemps Hill in Santa Cruz, Manchester vs Clarendon College at Kirkvine, St Mary Tech vs Paul Bogle at Highgate, and Green Pond vs winner of Rusea's/Godfrey Stewart, at Jarrett Park.