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The work doesn't stop here, warns BB Coke coach

Sunday, November 17, 2019

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BB Coke pulled off what would seem in the eyes of many as a major upset when they defeated the highly fancied Manchester High school 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Ben Francis Cup competition at Juici Football field on Thursday.

The win allowed the St Elizabeth-based school to advance to their first-ever senior football final in an ISSA-run competition, as they came from behind to create history.

Getting to the final of the Ben Francis Cup was not by mere chance for BB Coke, explained their Head Coach Kemar Ricketts.

“It's a great feeling, we have worked hard all year and this was one of the trophies that we had identified that we want to go after,” he said.

But getting to the final isn't the ultimate objective for Ricketts, who wants to take the trophy back to his neck of the woods for the first time.

“The work doesn't stop here though because we know that there is another 90 minutes to play, so we will still continue to plan, to prepare for next week.”

Manchester High had taken the lead through a gift of a goal after the BB Coke goalkeeper had spilled what was a regulation catch, granting the chance to Manchester High Captain Dane Johnson, who fired home from six yards to give his team the lead.

However, BB Coke were undaunted by that, having found themselves in a similar position against the same opponents earlier in the season in the daCosta Cup competition.

Five minutes after the restart, Kaymani Case drew BB Coke level with a wonderful curling free kick that had the Manchester High goalkeeper Kevin Dixon going one way then another, as the ball lodged in the roof of the net.

The comeback was complete fifteen minutes from time when Shamar Robinson fired home from the penalty spot after Dixon had clattered into Jason Dyer while coming to claim a long cross into the box and a penalty was awarded.

“This is actually our fourth game coming from behind so we have done this from earlier in the season,” Ricketts said.

“The second game against Manchester High [in the daCosta Cup] we came from two-nil down to overcome and score four goals, so it's always a good feeling to come back. Kudos to the boys, they got the job done,” he said.

Ricketts explained what getting into the final meant to the school community and the surrounding community as well.

“It means everything. [The] south side hasn't had that team in a couple of years other than Munro College. We are pretty close to them, so it means everything for the team and for the community and for the fans and the principal, herself, and we want to tell her thanks for the support,” he noted.

Their faithful supporters turned out in their numbers for the semi-finals on Thursday and a bigger number is expected to present at the historic final on Thursday.

— Dwayne Richards


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