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Contrasting triumphs for STETHS, B B Coke High

Monday, October 21, 2019

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and B B Coke High advanced to the quarter-finals of the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition in contrasting style, at STETHS Sports Complex here Saturday (October 19).

Having hammered Brimmer Vale High 5-1 in the first leg of their second-round tie in St Mary on Wednesday, STETHS, now on home turf, turned up the heat after a slow start to win the second leg 7-0 for an 11-1 aggregate margin.

In the opening game of the double-header, B B Coke completed a tense 1-0 win over more-fancied Lennon High to go through on the away goals rule. B B Coke, from Junction in south-east St Elizabeth, had lost the first leg 1-2 to Lennon at Juici Patties, Clarendon, in midweek — their goal in that encounter proving priceless.

In Saturday's encounter, BB Coke's Jason Dyer found the winner in the 12th minute with a right-foot shot.

On a surface softened consistently by heavy afternoon showers in recent weeks, Lennon High — from Mocho in northern Clarendon — pressed hard for the remainder of the game, but B B Coke held firm.

Coach Kemar Ricketts said B B Coke played according to plan. “We knew that scoring one goal [without conceding]would get us over the line, so after that early goal we stayed behind the ball and things came through for us,” he said.

Lennon's Coach Byjeon Thomas said “luck wasn't on our side...we didn't take our chances; they took theirs”.

In the second game of the double-header, Michael Jerman netted a hat-trick as STETHS were rarely bothered.

A lethargic, best-forgotten first half ended with STETHS leading 2-0 on the back of an Antionio Biggs penalty in the fourth minute, and Jerman's tap-in from close quarters in the 40th minute.

STETHS, clearly fitter and stronger than their opponents, stepped up the pace and energy in the second half, even as Brimmer Vale — cheered on by an admirably lively band of supporters — visibly wilted.

Second-half goals for STETHS came from Biggs (47th minute), Jerman (57th and 62nd), Kevaun Garwood (85th), and Shamar Wallace (90 +).

STETHS Coach Omar Wedderburn said his team played better than they did in their first-leg away win. He felt his team's play “smoothed out” in the second half, which he felt will “make us play with more confidence going forward”.

Brimmer Vale's Coach Neo Rattigan said his team, including “eight under-16 players”, were up against “a fitter team with better resources”. His plan was to score early to push STETHS on the back foot, but that “didn't work out”, he said.


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