Dinthill, Glenmuir, Ocho Rios, Spot Valley march on

... but Cornwall College, Oracabessa suffer upset losses

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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SPOT VALLEY, St James — Four schools, including former champions Dinthill Technical and Glenmuir High, continued their good form in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition with wins yesterday.

All four schools won for the fourth-straight time, as Ocho Rios High extended their run without conceding a goal to 360 minutes after edging Steer Town 1-0 in Zone I, and Spot Vally had a 2-1 win over Herbert Morrison High.

Defending champions Cornwall College and Oracabessa High had their perfect starts cut at three wins each after suffering losses.

Maldon High ambushed Cornwall College 3-1 at Maldon in upper St James to score only their second ever win over the 12-time champions while ending their 21-game winning streak that started last season.

It was also the first loss for Cornwall College in 26 games in Zone A dating back to the 2013 season and also the same span that any team in Zone A had scored two or more goals against the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team.

Reynaldo Clarke gave Maldon High the lead from the penalty spot. Andane Burnett made it 2-0 before Shavon McDonald pulled one back for Cornwall College, but Tajah Williams restored Maldon High's two-goal advantage as they won back-to-back games for the first time since the 2008 season.

St James High took over the lead on goal difference after edging Anchovy High 1-0 at Jarrett Park with a second-half goal from Ackeem Smith in the 68th minute.

Both St James High and Cornwall College are on nine points, two more than Anchovy High, with Maldon High a point back on six points.

Spot Valley extended their lead in Zone C after coming from behind to beat Herbert Morrison High 2-1 at Spot Valley and raced to 12 points.

Spot Valley conceded their first goal of the season when Richard Thompson's well-placed free kick beat goalkeeper Markino Baddal into the top left-hand corner of the goal in the 36th minute.

Tavear Chung pulled Spot Valley level midway the second half before substitute Andre Gordon scored the winner in the 89th minute.

Cedric Titus lost grounds after they were held 0-0 by Muschett High, while William Knibb Memorial beat Holland High 3-0 to move to seven points, one behind Cedric Titus.

Ocho Rios continued their smooth sailing with a 1-0 win over Steer Town as they extended their unbeaten run in Zone I to 11 games dating back to last season.

Kaheem Parris scored his second successive hat-trick, taking his tally to nine goals on the season to lead Dinthill Technical to a resounding 8-0 win over Charlemont High in Zone K, as Andre Fletcher scored two goals in the rout.

Glenmuir High stayed perfect with a 4-0 win over Porus High in Zone M and are on 12 points, a five-point margin over second-placed Denbigh High.

St Mary Technical took over the lead from Oracabessa High on goal difference in Zone J after beating them 2-0 and snapping their perfect start.

Each team is on nine points, but St Mary Technical are yet to concede a goal in their three games.

Holmwood Technical took over the lead in Zone G from Spalding High after edging them 1-0 for their third straight victory and improved to 11 points, one more than Spalding.

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