28 schools seek back-to-back wins in daCosta Cup
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Rusea's High will lead 28 schools seeking back-to-back wins as the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel schoolboys football competition continues this afternoon with a full slate of 37 games across all 15 zones.
Four of the games will feature schools that won their opening games earlier this week — Munro College against Black River; Holmwood Technical against Spalding; the St Mary derby between St Mary Tech and St Mary High and minnows Bustamante against former champions Glenmuir High.
Additionally, Cornwall College and St James High will open their season against each other in a big Zone A derby at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The game is part of Cornwall's week-long celebrations of their 116th anniversary and they will be seeking to atone for a loss in the same fixture last year.
Both schools are in rebuilding modes, but are expected to compete for zone honours again after finishing in a three-way tie with Spot Valley last year at the top.
In Zone B, after their opening win over Herbert Morrison last week, Rusea's will be away to Merlene Ottey, a school they have never even as much as dropped a point to.
Merlene Ottey are coming off a loss to Green Island but had one of their best seasons last year, winning five games.
Herbert Morrison, who missed last season, will host Frome Technical in Montego Bay and will be seeking their first win in Zone B over the Westmoreland school after two losses in the 2010 season.
In the games featuring first round winners, Munro will be wary of Black River, who surprised them 2-0 in Black River last year and new coach Andrew Edwards will seek to build on their 4-0 opening win over Balaclava on Wednesday.
Black River edged Lacovia High 1-0 on Tuesday and will be full of confidence playing at home.
Meanwhile, also in Zone E, last year's losing finalists St Elizabeth Technical will play away to Lacovia, who they beat twice last year by a combined 9-0 aggregate margin.
Holmwood Technical will be full of confidence after their big 5-2 win at Knox College earlier this week, but face a Spalding team who were also winners, beating Spalding 3-1.
After scoring their first win in the daCosta Cup, Bustamante High get to face the might of Glenmuir High, who beat them 4-1 and 6-0 last year.
On Wednesday, Bustamante High edged newcomers Foga Road 1-0.
In the competitive Zone D, Mannings School and Grange Hill, who were winners on Wednesday, will be seeking to extend their good starts when they take on Petersfield and Godfrey Stewart, respectively.
Games for today: Zone A — Cornwall vs St James; Zone B — Merlene Ottey vs Rusea's; Herbert Morrison vs Frome; Cambridge vs Green Island; Zone C — Spot Valley vs Hopewell; Muschett vs Holland; Zone D — Godfrey Stewart vs Grange Hill; Petersfield vs Mannings; Zone E — Balaclava vs Maggotty; Black River vs Munro; Lacovia vs STETHS; Zone F — Manchester vs Cross Keys; BB Coke vs Bellefield; Zone G — Christiana vs Alston; DeCarteret vs Knox; Holmwood vs Spalding; Zone H — Claude McKay vs Clarendon College; Thompson Town vs Lennon; Zone I — Browns Town vs Albert Town; York Castle vs Cedric Titus; Ocho Rios vs Marcus Garvey; Zone J —- St Mary Tech vs St Mary High; Islington vs Iona; Oracabessa vs Brimmervale; Zone K — Ewarton vs Tacky; Charlemont vs Dinthill; McGrath vs Bog Walk; Zone L — Titchfield vs Fair Prospect; Happy Grove vs Buff Bay; Zone M — Porus vs Garvey Maceo; Denbigh vs Foga Road; Bustamante vs Glenmuir; Zone N — Kemps Hill vs Tacius Golding; Central vs Old Harbour; Zone O — Morant Bay vs Paul Bogle; St Thomas Tech vs Seaforth; Robert Lightbourne vs Yallahs.