Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Decoy Daley's late second-half goal completed a 3-2 comeback victory for St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) against Paul Bogle at the Juici Patties complex in Clarendon and booked the defending champions a date in Saturday's final against Manchester High, who ended the dream run of Green Pond High 1-0 in Santa Cruz.
Paul Bogle, which also lost out at the semi-final stage last year, jumped into a surprising lead and went on to post a 2-0 half-time advantage. But the Omar Wedderburn-coached STETHS responded through Akito Graham, then dangerman Khesanio Hall fired in an equalising goal, before Daley completed the dramatic win.
"I am 100 per cent satisfied," said Wedderburn. "The players showed guts and determination to come out with the win.
"They displayed championship pedigree after going down two-nil at half-time, but I know we have heart and that's what matters ... in the end we did what we needed to have done and come Saturday, it's all or nothing against Manchester," said Wedderburn.
It will be a fourth successive final for STETHS, who won in 2010 against Manchester.
However, Manchester High will feel it's their turn to lift the trophy. Their semi-final against Green Pond proved easier than anticipated as they thoroughly dominated the action, making use of the space and time afforded them by Green Pond, who appeared to have stage fright.
In the 35th minute, a stunning effort from an acute angle found Errol Martin - the Green Pond goalkeeper - wanting, and the ball slammed into the net for what was the eventual match winner.
Green Pond had to spend the entire match taking note of the skilful Isamnia Cohen, the midfield general for Manchester. The remainder of the contest was a battle for midfield dominance, and although Green Pond displayed better awareness in the second half, they never found their range.
"This had been happening in most of our matches; we came out flat in the first half and Manchester capitalised with a goal. Second half we just never had enough today," said Green Pond's coach, Gregory Daley.
Manchester's coach, Sheldon Davis, said: "It is a pretty good feeling knowing we are back in the final. We have been knocking at this door for some time now, so I told the boys that it was our turn and so it is, we've made the final.
"This is our year; all our players are doing well and we expect a tough match against STETHS, but we are confident that it will be our turn," declared Davis.