CC shift­ing fo­cus

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Kavarly Arnold Gleaner Writer

Weatherly turns at­ten­tion to Ben Fran­cis and Su­per Cups af­ter d’Cup elim­i­na­tion

DR DEAN Weatherly, head coach of last sea­son’s ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup cham­pi­ons Corn­wall Col­lege (CC), said that although he is dis­ap­pointed with elim­i­na­tion from this year’s tour­na­ment, he still be­lieves the team’s sea­son can be some­what prof­itable as they are still in con­tention for the ISSA-FLOW Ben Fran­cis and Su­per Cups.

CC were dumped from the daCosta Cup af­ter a 1-1 draw with Len­non High at the Juici Pat­ties Field on Satur­day. Given Rusea’s High had beaten the Mon­tego Bay-based team 2-1 a week be­fore, their 4-0 win over St Mary Tech­ni­cal at the week­end saw them ad­vance to the semi­fi­nal from the group in­stead of Weatherly’s side. But Weatherly is hop­ing that his team will rally for the other tour­na­ments that the cur­rent play­ers have never yet won.

“We want to at least come away with some sil­ver­ware, con­sid­er­ing no­body on this team has ever won the Ben Fran­cis Cup or the FLOW Su­per Cup be­fore, so if that’s the case, we will def­i­nitely have to go for it and make the sea­son some­what prof­itable,” he said.

LEN­NON ALSO OUT

An­other team that will not be de­fend­ing their ti­tle this sea­son is last year’s Ben Fran­cis Cup cham­pi­ons Len­non High. They were booted from the daCosta Cup and missed out on a spot in the Ben Fran­cis Cup, af­ter fin­ish­ing be­hind Corn­wall Col­lege in the group on goal dif­fer­ence.

De­spite record­ing the big­gest mar­gin of vic­tory on Satur­day with a 7-0 thrash­ing of Frome Tech­ni­cal, the An­drew Ed­ward­scoached Manch­ester High were also

elim­i­nated from the daCosta Cup. As a re­sult, they will now turn their at­ten­tion to the Ben Fran­cis Cup and hope to gain a spot for the Su­per Cup as well.

“Fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place gives us an op­por­tu­nity to vie for the Ben Fran­cis Cup, and if we man­age to win the first-round game on Wed­nes­day, that will also put us in the Su­per Cup. So we are still in with a shot at two cham­pi­onships, and we want to con­clude our sea­son with some sil­ver­ware,” said Ed­wards.

We want to at least come away with some sil­ver­ware, con­sid­er­ing no­body on this team has ever won the Ben Fran­cis Cup or the FLOW Su­per Cup be­fore ... .

WEATHERLY

CON­TRIB­UTED

Shac­quielle Cainn (left) of Manch­ester High drib­bles past cap­tain Keith Blake of Frome Tech­ni­cal in the quar­ter-fi­nal round of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup match at Manch­ester High School field on Satur­day. Manch­ester won 7-0.

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