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Hopewell High meet Frome Tech in daCosta Cup Zone B clash

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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KENILWORTH, Hanover - Minnows Hopewell High host former champions Frome Technical in an ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup Zone B top of the tables clash at the Kenilworth Heart Academy field today, after both teams opened their seasons with victories.

There is a three-way-tie at the top of Zone B as defending champions Rusea's High also won their opening game, beating Green Island 4-0 on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, while on Monday, Frome beat Cambridge High 5-1, and Hopewell High were 1-0 winners over Merlene Ottey High.

In Zone C, leaders Spot Valley High play away to Herbert Morrison Technical, Muschett High and Cedric Titus meet in Wakefield, while Holland Road neighbours Holland High and William Knibb Memorial enter their Derby match.

It is a strange position for Hopewell High who were winning their opening game in the competition for only the second time, and were taking maximum points in a game for the first time since the 2010 season.

While Frome Technical have been a major player in Zone B over the years, wins have been few and far in-between for Hopewell, who won three games in their first season in 2008, when they also beat Merlene Ottey in their opening fixture and tallied 11 points, their most cup run to date.

Hopewell's most recent win in the daCosta Cup came eight years ago when they beat Maldon High 2-0, but struggled through two seasons, losing all their games 2012 and 2014, and picked up one-point last year.

On paper Frome start favourites after beating Hopewell both times last year by a 10-8 aggregate.

Rusea's also start favourites to make it back-to-back wins, when they go to Cambridge after waltzing past Green Island.

Spot Valley lead Zone C after blanking Holland High 2-0 on Monday, and will take on a Herbert Morrison team that is expected to struggle this season.

Herbert Morrison's only win over Spot Valley in the last three years came via a ruling from ISSA, and they have to improve dramatically after going down to Cedric Titus on Monday, if they are to get a win today.

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