Ben Francis semis take the spotlight

The semifinals of the ISSA/Wata Ben Francis Cup rural area schoolboy football knockout competition will be played on Friday at Juici Field in Clarendon.

Football

The first match pits Manchester High against BB Coke at 1 p.m. with St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) battling Garvey Maceo in the second at 3 p.m.

Since last year, the competition has been watered down somewhat, as the organisers of school sports in Jamaica, Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), seek to take the strain of playing too many games in a short time off the players.

This has resulted in only the teams who were knocked out of the more prestigious daCosta Cup being involved in the Ben Francis Cup, as ISSA tries to accommodate the all-island Champions Cup.

Bragging rights

It will not matter to the schools involved, as they now have the opportunity to win a title. And STETHS, in pursuit of their seventh Ben Francis Cup crown, will face stiff opposition in Garvey Maceo, who were crowned champions once.

Manchester and BB Coke will be vying for the seasonal bragging rights in their match, as they have met twice before. In the daCosta Cup preliminary matches, Manchester hammered BB Coke 5-0 in the first round, before BB Coke recovered from being two goals down to win the second round clash 4-2.

Manchester advanced with a 2-1 victory over Frome Technical, while BB Coke stopped Anchovy 1-0.

The matches will go straight into penalties if the scores are tied at the end of regulation time. There will be no extra time.