MONTEGO BAY, St James — Rusea's High School's hopes of a third straight ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel daCosta Cup title ended yesterday despite beating Cornwall College 2-0 in their final game of the Inter-zone round at Jarrett Park.
The outgoing champions, who were seeking a record tying 11th lien, finished with six points in Zone One, one less than Mannings School who beat whipping boys William Knibb Memorial 4-0 at Spot Valley High to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2005 season.
Four other former champions Frome Technical, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), Garvey Maceo and Glenmuir High, along with Manchester High, Cedric Titus and first-time qualifiers Bog Walk High also qualified for the quarter-finals set to start next week.
The odds of Rusea's advancing were tough after they were beaten 3-0 by Mannings School in their Inter-zone game, and despite edging William Knibb 2-1 on Saturday, they would have had to hope for an unlikely William Knibb win yesterday.
They, however, dominated a timid- looking Cornwall College team, scoring both goals in a four-minute span, both coming from mistakes.
Jovan James side-footed a ball past goalkeeper Andre White in the 31st minute and the custodian's mental error led to the second goal in the 35th.
White, who had replaced an injured Levanno Lewis in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Mannings, picked up a short back pass from one of his defenders and Anthony Walker powered home the free kick low inside the near left post.
Mannings, for their part, made full use of a lifeline they got to advance to the Inter-zone round as Tevin Daley scored twice as Melvin Blair and Damari Simpson got one each, all coming in the second half.
Tevin Williams scored for Frome Technical, who edged Spot Valley High 1-0 to advance ahead of the St James school who only needed a draw to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time.
STETHS, who will contest the Ben Francis KO final on Saturday, beat Bellefield High 3-0 in Zone Three to be one of just two schools to end the round with a perfect win record.
Cedric Titus was the other school to win all three games, beating Brimmervale High 3-0 to make it to the top eight in back-to-back seasons.
Glenmuir High claimed the spot from Zone Eight after an 8-0 demolition of Kemps Hill High to edge Dinthill Technical on goal difference after both schools ended on seven points.