Peck confident Edwin Allen will retain Ben Francis title
Edwin Allen's Clayton Peck: “As a player from last season winning this championship, I feel 100 per cent confident going into the finals after winning this semifinal. I know we can win it, myself and the team.” (Photo: Dwayne Richards)

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — Clayton Peck scored the second of three goals when Edwin Allen High School strolled past Rusea’s High 3-0 in the semi-final of the ISSA/WATA Ben Francis Cup at the STETHS Oval on Wednesday.

A brilliantly taken free kick from Peck that went over the three-man wall and beat Chadwick Campbell at the near post in the 16th minute, put Edwin Allen High 2-0 up at half time as they booked their spot in the rural area knockout final for the second time this calendar year.

Having won the title for the first time in January, Edwin Allen are looking to be the only team to defend a schoolboy football title this season, but they will have to get the better of an equally confident Glenmuir High School team to do so this afternoon at STETHS.

However, Peck who was a member of the victorious team in January, is beaming with confidence that his team has what it takes to make it title number two in the competition.

“As a player from last season winning this championship, I feel 100 per cent confident going into the finals after winning this semifinal. I know we can win it, myself and the team,” he stated positively.

He lauded the impact of his coach, who is also a past student of Edwin Allen High.

“I have to say hats off to my coach Tafari Burton,” he said.

Peck, who took his overall goals tally to seven for the season on Wednesday, seemed very sure that his school will be able to get past their Clarendon neighbours and explained the sources of his supreme confidence.

“This confidence comes from last (season) and from the training ground and from our coaching staff and from myself,” he added.

As for how he was feeling after helping to get Edwin Allen into back-to-back finals on Wednesday, Peck was elated.

“I feel overwhelmed to be honest, I feel good,” he said.

With the Glenmuir team feeling just as confident about victory, fans can expect an open and entertaining final between the two teams, which begins at 2:30pm.

Dwayne Richards

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