D'Cup group in limbo after CC-Lennon draw
TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Qualification from Zone H of the daCosta Cup remain delicately poised as frontrunners Lennon High and Clarendon College failed to seize the initiative following a 0-0 draw at Brancourt yesterday.
The result means Lennon stayed atop the group on 15 points, but are being closley policed by Clarendon (14), who have a game in hand, and Edwin Allen (13), whose two remaining matches will be against the top two.
Despite what was potentially a detrimental draw, Lennon coach Merron Gordon said he is confident of advancing from the group.
"Our fate is still in our hands because we have Edwin Allen to play and once you have a quality team you cannot be worried," said Gordon.
With two home games to close out the group phase, Clarendon are now the favourites to top the Zone and qualify for the Ben Francis KO.
Coach Anthony Patrick, who is aiming to add the daCosta Cup to the Manning Cup titles won at Bridgeport High, admitted fate is now in their hands.
"We wanted to win, but a point away from home is not bad," said Patrick. "We have two games at home so we will be looking to get six points and win the zone."
The former six-time champions could go top of the group with victory over Edwin Allen in their return fixture in Chapelton tomorrow.
They will then complete their schedule with another home game against out-of-contention Thompson Town on Saturday, while Lennon play away to Edwin Allen.