Garvey Maceo march to fifth straight win

By Paul A Reid
Observer writer

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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LUCEA, Hanover — Three top-of-the-table clashes, including defending champions Rusea's High against former champions Frome Technical in Zone B, will highlight today's final set of first-round, first-leg matches in the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition.

Clarendon College and Lennon High, both on nine points from three wins each, will meet in Zone H, while Knox College and Holmwood Technical, both one seven points at the top of Zone G, will also meet.

Thirty-five games are scheduled for today's round of matches, where five schools will put up their perfect win records on the line.

Yesterday Garvey Maceo, the 2007 champions, became the first school in the competition to win their fifth-straight, after beating Winston Jones 4-0 in the Zone M game that was brought forward from today.

Andre Gayle scored twice for Garvey Maceo High while Jermaine Muirhead and Deandre Cunningham both got a goal as the winners raced to 15 points, more than double Denbigh High and Glenmuir High, who are both on seven points.

Tevin Cheese scored two as Dinthill Technical beat Tacius Golding 7-0 in Zone K, as the leaders have scored 14 goals in a three-day span and took over sole leadership of the zone ahead of Charlemont High.

After 12 straight losses in Zone A dating back to last year, Irwin High battled to a 3-3 draw against Maldon High, while Cambridge High scored their first win of the season, edging Merlene Ottey High 1-0 in Zone B.

In today's feature game, Rusea's High, who are coming off a big 6-0 win over Merlene Ottey, face Frome Technical, who will be playing their first game in a week since they beat Merlene Ottey 5-0.

Rusea's High have won all four games played and lead Zone B with 12 points, three more than Frome Technical who won their first three games, with both schools combining for over 30 goals.

Frome Technical have scored five goals in each of their three wins, led by Giovauni Mittoo who has scored a hat-trick in each of their games and is expected to lead the attack today against a Rusea's High defence that have only given up three goals.

Rusea's High are unbeaten in their last four games against Frome, who last beat the defending champions in the final game in the 2015 season.

Last season's beaten finalists Clarendon College are off to a fast start with 13 goals in their first three wins, almost twice the seven goals scored by Lennon High, who have also won their first three games.

Clarendon College have won their last three games against Lennon, the only team to beat them in Zone H in the last two years, but will be favourites to win today.

Cornwall College have won their first three games in Zone A and will face rivals St James High today at Jarrett Park.

After winning their first two games, St James High have picked up just a point from their last two games and are in third place in the group, just two points behind Cornwall College and Green Pond who are both on nine points.

Records mean little when these two fierce rivals meet, and Cornwall College have improved with each game played so far and will be gunning for another win today.

Green Island will meet Hopewell High in a Zone B game that will be crucial to the ambitions of both teams.

Both are on six points and Green Island have won their last two games by 4-0 margins, while Hopewell High are coming off a 3-1 win in their last game.

Herbert Morrison Technical will be gunning for a third-straight win, after losing their first two, when they travel to Muschett High who are on five points — one behind the Montego Bay team.

Herbert Morrison won both games against Muschett High last year but will be without Tajae Bronstroph, who was sent off in their win over Holland High on Wednesday.

Yesterday's Results

Zone A

Irwin High 3, Maldon High 3

Zone B

Cambridge High 1, Merlene Ottey 0

Zone C

William Knibb High 0, Spot Valley High 0

Zone E

Newell High 1, Maggotty High 1

Zone I

Oracabessa High 2, Iona High 0

Zone K

Dinthill Tech 7, Tacius Golding High 0

Zone M

Winston Jones High 0, Garvey Maceo High 4

Today's Games

Zone A

St James vs Cornwall

Anchovy vs Green Pond

Zone B

Green Island vs Hopewell

Rusea's vs Frome

Zone C

Muschett vs Herbert Morrison

Holland vs Cedric Titus

Zone D

Belmont vs Knockalva

Petersfield vs Manning's

Zone E

STETHS vs Munro

Sydney Pagon vs Lacovia

Zone F

May Day vs Manchester

deCarteret vs B B Coke

Mile Gully vs Belair

Zone G

Christiana vs Troy

Spalding vs Alston

Knox vs Holmwood

Zone H

Clarendon College vs Lennon

Edwin Allen vs Thompson Town

Zone I

York Castle vs Ocho Rios

Brown's Town vs Marcus Garvey

Zone J

St Mary High vs Brimmervale

Tacky vs Carron Hall

St Mary Tech vs Guys Hill

Zone K

Ewarton vs Charlemont

McGrath vs Bog Walk

Zone L

Annotto Bay vs Port Antonio

Happy Grove vs Horace Clarke

Fair Prospect vs Titchfield

Zone M

Cross Keys vs Glenmuir

Denbigh vs Bellefield

Zone N

Porus vs Vere

Kemps Hill vs Old Harbour

Zone O

St Thomas vs Robert Lightbourne

Paul Bogle vs Morant Bay

Seaforth vs Yallahs

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