Lennon stun Cornwall College
Lennon High stunned hot favourites Cornwall College yesterday to advance to their first Ben Francis KO final.
Captain Fitzroy Cummings was on target from the penalty spot in the 61st minute.
It was a win which delighted head coach, Merron Gordon. He said his team showed class and a strong determination in the semi-final clash in Santa Cruz. They will now meet the defending champions St. Elizabeth Technical in Friday's final to be played at the Manchester High School field.
"I told my players to enjoy the match, and you saw that. We were bouncing about with our passes, while keeping Cornwall's danger players in check. Tactically, it was a great match for us," said Gordon.
"It is a very good feeling; I think we deserve the win. We came into the match not worried about our opponents, who are a quality bunch, but we played like how we planned and that's all that matters in giving us this important victory. Now it's on to meeting STETHS," he added..
It appeared that Cornwall College were still suffering from last Saturday's loss in the final of the FLOW Super Cup, but their coach Dr Dean Weatherly put it all down to fatigue.
"We weren't pouncing today. We lacked the punch you normally see from us," said Dr. Weatherly, "I think it has to do with the travelling, which took a lot out of our players against a team like Lennon."
Fatigue, or not, Lennon never gave them any real look at goal, except late in the second half, when their goalkeeper Tyrone Mullings was twice forced into superb saves to keep his team in front, both off corner kicks from Jourdaine Fletcher.
Earlier Ryan Morrison got a glorious chance to put Lennon ahead in the 20th minute. Cornwall's goalkeeper Jamario Hines let the ball slip from his grasp but Morrison's effort went wide.
Lennon then turned on the skill with Christopher Randall, Kwesi Watts and Morrison putting their respective skill sets on display as Cornwall offered little in reply.