DENBIGH, Clarendon — Denbigh High scored a historic 1-0 win over defending champions Glenmuir High last Saturday as the return-round of the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football competition got under way.
After failing for years to get the better of Glenmuir, Kemoy McLean's goal made the difference as Denbigh scored their first win of the season to move off the bottom of Zone M.
Glenmuir had beaten Denbigh five consecutive times, twice in the 2003 season, then the schools had not met again in zone play until last year when Glenmuir thrashed them 5-1 and 4-2 and opened this season with a 2-0 margin at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The defending champions are still at the top of the points table in the zone on seven, as Garvey Maceo blanked Bustamante High 4-0 to move into second place on five points with Denbigh in third on four points.
Marcus Garvey Technical, meanwhile, ended Cedric Titus's unbeaten run this season after clipping them 1-0 in their Zone I top-of-the-table meeting in Clarks Town, and maintained their own perfect winning run.
Both teams were meeting for the first time this season and went into the game with perfect win records, but it was the St Ann-based school who came out with their perfect win record intact to take over the lead with 15 points from five wins.
Devon Grey scored four goals as former champions Clarendon College also improved to five straight wins with a big 7-1 thrashing of Claude McKay High in Zone H.
The other Zone H game between Lennon High and Thompson Town was blown off prematurely, due to a crowd invasion of the field with the game tied at 1-1.
St James High rebounded from their first loss of the season last Wednesday to repeat their first-round 1-0 victory over Cornwall College at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the second time since the 2010 season they were sweeping both games between the schools in Zone A.
Michael Williams' 12th minute goal was the difference, but St James slid to second in the Zone on goals scored behind Green Pond High, who blasted nine-man Anchovy High 5-0 to score their third straight win.
Green Pond and St James High are on 12 points each and with a goal difference of nine, but the Gregory Daley-coached Green Pond have scored 14 goals to St James' 11.
Cornwall College, meanwhile, are in third place on nine points and trail both schools.
Frome Technical increased their lead in Zone B after beating Irwin High 2-0 with goals from Romaine Brown and Erran Vassell, as Rusea's High had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Green Island for the second time this season, to hang on to second place.
Spot Valley High and Muschett have taken over the lead in Zone D after scoring wins over Herbert Morrison Technical and Williams Knibb Memorial, respectively.
Spot Valley edged Herbert Morrison in Montego Bay to improve to nine points, the same as Muschett, who avenged a first-round loss to William Knibb.
Godfrey Stewart are the new leaders in Zone D after edging Manning's School 1-0 to improve to 10 points, one more than Grange Hill, who were idle with Manning's slipping to third on seven points.
Black River scored their first win of the season, blanking Knockalva Technical 4-0.
St Elizabeth Technical and Munro continued to edge away from the rest of the field in Zone E with big wins. STETHS beat neighbours Lacovia 4-0, while Munro were big 6-0 winners over Balaclava, doubling their first-round 3-0 margin.
Kemps Hill cut Vere Technical's lead in Zone N to three points after beating them 3-1, as Vere continue to lead with 10 points, while In Zone O, Paul Bogle High gave themselves some breathing room against second-placed Morant Bay High with a 4-1 victory.
St Thomas Technical failed to make progress after they were held goal-less by Yallahs and are on nine points with Morant Bay High.
Meanwhile, the lead in Zone G will be at stake this afternoon when Holmwood Technical and Christiana High meet at Christiana High in one of two rescheduled games scheduled for today, both starting at 3:30 pm.
Holmwood Technical are second in Zone G on eight points from four games, one point ahead of Christian who have played just three games. Both trail zone leaders Spalding High who have nine points from five games.
This game was originally set for Wednesday but was postponed due to the horrific motor vehicle accident that took the lives of four Holmwood Technical students on their way to school that morning.
In the other game in Zone O, Seaforth High could jump two places into second with a win over Robert Lightbourne in a game that was set for Saturday but moved to this afternoon instead.