BB Coke celebrate good times

Junction, St Elizabeth-based school reaches final of Ben Francis Cup

Monday, November 18, 2019

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JUNCTION, St Elizabeth — BB Coke High were dismissed by many as a “Cinderella team” back in September at the start of the 2019 schoolboy season.

But come Thursday (November 19), the school based in Junction, south-east St Elizabeth will contest the final of the rural football knockout Ben Francis Cup, capping their best football season ever.

BB Coke will face either Garvey Maceo High or St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) in Thursday's final. They will know their opponents today after the completion of a fixture which had to be halted because of lightning and heavy rain last Friday with Garvey Maceo leading 1-0.

For coach of BB Coke High, Kemar Ricketts, the performance of his team this season comes as no surprise.

Ricketts pointed out that several of his players were part of the Downs FC team, from neighbouring south Manchester. Downs FC, coached by Ricketts, contested the play-offs of the Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) Red Stripe Premier League play-offs in mid-year.

Downs FC reached the play-offs after winning the Manchester/St Elizabeth zone of the JFF's National Super League competition in May.

“So, I knew we would do well,” Ricketts told The Jamaica Observer Central. “I told my team at the start of the [schoolboy] season that we had three objectives: the Ben Francis Cup, Champions Cup and daCosta Cup and here we are challenging for the Ben Francis Cup,” he said.

The coach said 70 per cent of his team will be back at school next football season with significant age-group talent coming through as well.

Ricketts said BB Coke benefited significantly from football nurturing programmes at Downs and in the wider Manchester.

- Garfield Myers


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