FROME, Westmoreland — Former champions Frome Technical High and St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) were among the winners as the ISSA Ben Francis Knock-out got underway on Wednesday with wins over Tacky High and William Knibb Memorial, respectively.
Happy Grove High and McGrath High were also winners as they advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition set for next Thursday.
Kemar Beckford scored a hat-trick for 2006 champions Frome Technical as they came from a goal down to beat first-time qualifiers Tacky High at Llandilo Sports Complex.
Tacky High took the lead early in the game but conceded an own goal as Frome Technical drew level before Beckford scored his treble to see his team safely through.
Abeena Wallace scored for STETHS in their 1-0 win over William Knibb Memorial who were losing their first game in the competition in back to back seasons.
Shevone Miller scored a double for Happy Grove as they beat Mile Gully High 2-0 in their game played at the College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE).
Miller scored in the 47th and 90th minutes as they advanced in the competition for the first time.
McGrath High made progress as they beat Port Antonio High 4-3 on penalty kicks after they played out a 0-0 draw.