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History-making BB Coke clip Manchester to reach KO final

Garvey Maceo vs STETHS semifinal halted due to lightning

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, November 15, 2019

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BB Coke will contest the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Ben Francis Knockout final for the first time in their history after coming from behind to clip Manchester High 2-1 in an entertaining semi-final contest at Juici Field in Clarendon yesterday.

Goals from Kymani Case (50th minute) and a 76th-minute penalty from Shamar Robinson saw the St Elizabethbased BB Coke to victory after Captain Dane Golding had given Manchester High a 28th-minute lead.

BB Coke await the winner of the feature encounter between former champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Garvey Maceo High, which was called off due to lightning and a waterlogged field.

President of ISSA Keith Wellington told the Jamaica Observer that organisers are tentatively looking at today or Monday to complete the fixture. Garvey Maceo were leading 1-0 with 41 minutes on the clock.

Marvin Williams fired home for Garvey Maceo in the second minute to leave the six-time champions STETHS with all to play for if they are to salvage a silverware for what has so far been a sub-par season.

In the curtain-raiser, Manchester, who were favoured to come out on top, started more purposeful and eventually broke the deadlock two minutes before the halfhour mark.

Golding calmly fired into an empty net after goalkeeper Shavan Foster advanced from his line and failed to collect cleanly.

The Vassel Reynolds-conditioned Manchester rode the wave of momentum and came close to doubling the lead, but Livingston Walker’s powerful left-footed effort was pushed over the crossbar by Foster, ensuring the score remained unchanged at the break.

That save proved critical on the resumption as BB Coke were back on level terms five minutes in when Case converted a well-taken free kick that went up and over the wall, leaving Kevin Dixon in goal for Manchester with no chance.

Both teams were evenly poised from there until the 76th minute when Robinson converted from the 12-yard spot, after Dixon advanced to punch a ball clear but took out BB Coke Captain Jason Dyer in the process.

Knowing that they were on their way out, Manchester responded with a good, sustained attacking spell but failed in their probe for the elusive equaliser.


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