STETHS seek 7-in-a-row

Len­non hunt first Ben Fran­cis KO crown

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WHEN ST El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS) line up for the ISSA-FLOW Ben Fran­cis Knock­out fi­nal against Len­non High at 2:30 p.m. this af­ter­noon at the Manch­ester High School ground, it will be the first time these two will meet in a cham­pi­onship de­cider.

STETHS have al­ready won the tro­phy an un­prece­dented six times in a row and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Wen­dell Down­swell is con­fi­dent that a sev­enth ti­tle will be achieved this af­ter­noon.

CON­FI­DENT

“We know what to ex­pect from Len­non. They are a good bunch, but we are able to counter well against them and should be vic­to­ri­ous at the fi­nal whis­tle in this one,” de­clared Down­swell.

Len­non’s coach Mer­ron Gor­don is equally con­fi­dent his team will walk away with the tro­phy at the fi­nal whis­tle today.

“We are look­ing to take home our first piece of sil­ver­ware. I am sure STETHS will play a hard game as they usu­ally do, but this team ap­pears to be find­ing form just at the right time and we are look­ing

to end the STETHS’ dom­i­nance,” Gor­don said.

Len­non’s strength is in de­fence. They were able to ap­ply a vice-like grip on Corn­wall Col­lege’s ace for­ward, Jour­daine Fletcher, in the semi­fi­nals, and they will look to em­ploy a sim­i­lar strat­egy to con­tain the likes of ChrisAn­drew Dixon, Alex Thomas, and the silky skills of De­mar James up­front for STETHS.

Len­non’s big cen­tral de­fender and cap­tain Fitzroy Cum­mings leads a strong rock, solid back line-and they could deny STETHS this af­ter­noon.

Much is ex­pected from Cum­mings today, and he should get good sup­port from Ryan Mor­ri­son, Christo­pher Ran­dall, Odane Grant, and the bril­liant goal­keeper Ty­rone Mullings.

STETHS’ De­mar James

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