York Castle qualify for first Ben Francis KO semis
York Castle High's Kemar Knox (nearest camera) shields the ball from Frome Technical's Kishmar Clayton in their ISSA daCosta Cup Round of 16 game played at Llandilo Sports Complex last month. York Castle qualified for the semi-finals of the Ben Francis KO on Friday after beating Dinthill Technical 5-4 on penalties after drawing 2-2 in regulation.(Photo: Paul Reid)

ST ANN, Jamaica – York Castle High School are the only first-time semi-finalists in the ISSA Ben Francis Knock-Out competition after eliminating Dinthill Technical 5-4 on penalties after playing out a 2-2 draw in their quarterfinal game played at the Mt Pleasant Academy in St Ann on Friday.

The St Ann-based school joins defending champions Edwin Allen High and two former champions, Glenmuir High and Rusea’s High, who were also winners on Friday.

Defending champions Edwin Allen High stayed on course to retain their title after beating Garvey Maceo High 2-0 at Garvey Maceo, Glenmuir High beat Frome Technical at Glenmuir and Rusea’s High got by William Knibb Memorial at the Colin Miller Sports Complex in Lucea.

York Castle who had eliminated St Elizabeth Technical in the first round, accounted for another for winner when they ended Dinthill Technical’s season by a narrowest of margins.

After being eliminated from the daCosta Cup competition a week earlier, Edwin Allen High rebounded from their loss to Central High with a good win as Tajae Thomas and Patrick Harrison scored in their game against last season’s daCosta Cup champions.

Glenmuir High cruised to a 4-0 win over Frome Technical, who were winless in their last five games across the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis KO competitions.

Tajaun Cummings scored a brace while Kyle Gordon and Deandre Johnson got the other goals as Glenmuir High stayed on course for a sixth hold on the title and first since 2009.

At the Colin Miller Sports Complex in Lucea, Rusea’s High got the better of William Knibb Memorial 3-1 from the penalty spot after they played out a 0-0 draw in regulation time.

Friday’s Results

Garvey Maceo 0, Edwin Allen 2

Glenmuir High 4, Frome Tech 0

York Castle 2, Dinthill Tech 2 (5-4 PK)

Rusea’s High 0, William Knibb 0 (3-1 PK)

Paul Reid

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