Race heats up for Champions Cup semi-final spots

Saturday, November 09, 2019

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Holders Cornwall College and two former champions, St Georges College and Kingston College, along with Frome Technical, will be seeking two semi-final spots in the ISSA Champions Cup competition in a double-header at Montego Bay Sports Complex today, starting at 4:00 pm.

Cornwall College and St George's College, who met in the semi-finals last season, will meet in the second game set to start at 6:30 pm, after Kingston College, the 2017 winners, meet Frome Technical in the first game.

In the battle of the two top schoolboy football competitions, just three daCosta Cup teams are left in the competition, including top seed Clarendon College who will meet St Andrew Technical in another double-header at National Stadium, and both Cornwall College and Frome Technical who will be under pressure to win here in Montego Bay.

Cornwall College beat St George's College 2-0 in the semi-finals at Sabina Park last season, and while both teams will field different teams from last season, the game is still expected to be close.

St George's College will come into the game wounded after being beaten by St Andrew Technical (STATHS) in the Manning Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, and with their hopes in that competition hanging by a thread, they will be going all out to atone by trying to secure a place in the semi-finals of the lucrative Champions Cup knockout.

The Neville “Bertis” Bell-coached St George's College gave up the lead at STATHS after Jaheim Brown had given them the lead at the end of the first half, and will be mindful of their defensive frailties after a Cornwall College team that attack in numbers.

They will, however, hope to regain the form that saw them beat BB Coke 6-2 in a first-round game that was suspended and later completed on Monday.

Last Saturday, the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall College dominated Charlie Smith, but it took a stunning, added time free kick to separate the teams – and they, too, will be aware of their challenges infront of goal.

Brandon Curate, who scored Cornwall College's lone goal on Saturday, is responsible for the team's last four goals after he hit a hat-trick in their daCosta Cup quarter-final win over Maggotty High.

The Cornwall team had all of this week to sort out their offensive systems, but Solano Birch, Denyu Ricketts and Calvin Stephenson will be expected to start today and lead the hunt for goals.

After promising much for a long time, Frome Technical's season hangs on this game as they have been dumped out of the daCosta Cup and the Ben Francis KO.

After losing on penalties in the daCosta Cup semi-finals last season and retaining the core of their team, Frome Technical were seen as possible contenders but failed to get past the quarter-finals of the daCosta Cup, losing at home in their final game. They hen lost in the first round of the Ben Francis KO in midweek.

They did escape with a penalty kicks win over Camperdown High in the first round of the Champions Cup last weekend and will hope their luck holds against a Kingston College team that beat a good Garvey Maceo High team 2-0.

Kingston College, who gave up a lead and had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wolmer's Boys' School earlier this week, could be without central defender Calvin Gardner who was sent off on Saturday against Garvey Maceo.

The efficient Giovanni Mittoo is expected to lead the Frome Technical strike force today with Devin Johnson.