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ISSA Rural U14, U16 football semi-finalists to be known today

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The semi-finalists in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Rural Area Under-14 and Under-16 football competitions will be decided today as the quarter-finals end in what is expected to be a dramatic day with several teams still in contention for a place in Monday's matches.

Garvey Maceo High, losing finalists in the Under-14 last year, have won their first two games in both competitions and have booked their semi-final spots already.

With Garvey Maceo certain of their place in the Under-16, having won both games in Zone Two beating Edwin Allen High and York Castle High, another five schools have legitimate shots at the other three spots in the semis.

Today Garvey Maceo are away to Muschett High, who are on three points and can advance with a draw or a win, but York Castle, who are also on three points and who host Edwin Allen, have the edge.

Bog Walk High, who had to beat Fair Prospect High in a play-off after the second round, lead Zone One with four points after rescuing a point at Cornwall College with a 1-1 draw on Monday, but the group is wide open.

Both St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Seaforth High are on three points each and Cornwall College on one.

The crucial game will be STETHS against Bog Walk at STETHS, where the home team, who were stung 2-0 at Seaforth High on Monday, must win to ensure safe passage.

Seaforth High rebounded from their 1-3 loss to Bog Walk to beat STETHS and must win at Cornwall College if they hope to qualify for the semis.

The competition will be as close in the Under-14 competition where another five schools will be chasing three spots and Zone Two is wide open with three teams in the running for the top spot.

Vere Technical lead with four points but will be at Munro College, who are a point behind and would win the zone with a win but a draw would see both advance.

Happy Grove High, who are also on three points, have a long trip to Irwin High, on one point, but with big win could force their way into the top two depending on what happens at Munro.

Garvey Maceo have sewn up at least second place in Zone One and are away to William Knibb, who have lost both games.

The big game will be at STETHS where the hosts and visitors Spalding are both on three points and the winner will advance regardless of anything other results.

Under-14 games

William Knibb vs Garvey Maceo @ William Knibb @ 3:00 pm

STETHS vs Spalding @ STETHS @ 1:45 pm

Irwin vs Happy Grove @ Irwin @ 3:00 pm

Munro College vs Vere Technical @ Munro @ 3:00 pm

Under-16 games

Cornwall College vs Seaforth @ Cornwall @ 3:00 pm

STETHS vs Bog Walk @ STETHS @ 3:15 pm

Muschett vs Garvey Maceo @ Muschett @ 3:00 pm

York Castle vs Edwin Allen @ York Castle @ 3:00 pm

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