Tuesday, December 08, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Joy reigned in this south-central town early yesterday as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) celebrated their fifth hold on the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup, the symbol of rural schoolboy football supremacy.
STETHS took the 2015 title on Saturday when Neville Morgan’s second-half goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Dinthill Technical High in the daCosta Cup final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
|Members of the student population of St Elizabeth Technical |
High School (STETHS) celebrate their team’s victory in the
ISSA/Flow Manning Cup in Santa Cruz yesterday.
(Photo: Ainsley Clarke)
STETHS are also champions of the Ben Francis Cup knockout competition following victory over Manchester High two weeks ago. STETHS have won the Ben Francis Cup six seasons in a row. Yesterday, ecstatic celebrations started on the school’s campus at the start of the school day, and soon expanded to the centre of Santa Cruz by way of a police-escorted motorcade and student march.
Hundreds of students, business operators, workers and residents cheered the football squad, which started the schoolboy football season sluggishly before gathering strength and momentum.
During a 20-minute stop in Santa Cruz, STETHS Coach Omar Wedderburn introduced his squad individually as “champions of STETHS”.
A sour note came with the recognition that leading goalscorer Michael Kerr had suffered a serious ankle injury in Saturday’s final. But the hobbling striker, his right ankle heavily strapped, was also hoisted high by teammates and adoring supporters during the introductions.
STETHS will now meet Manning Cup champions Jamaica College next Saturday in the Olivier Shield play-off to decide the all-island champions.
STETHS have taken the Olivier Shield title once, conquering Tivoli High in 1999. They have lost twice to Jamaica College in that competition — in 1974 and again in 2013.