Glenmuir return to D’Cup quarterfinals
ST ANN, Jamaica – Former champions Glenmuir High returned to the quarter-finals of the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition for the first time in six years after topping their Round of 16 group on Saturday.
Glenmuir edged Garvey Maceo High on goal-difference after both schools won back-to-back games to finish with seven points each in Group 4 as both made progress to the last eight of the competition.
They were joined by BB Coke who were the only school to win all three Round of 16 games while returning to the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2019 season.
Only three schools from last year are back in the quarterfinals, defending champions Clarendon College, Dinthill Technical and Manchester High while Christiana High, Cornwall College and Garvey Maceo returned after missing last season.
Glenmuir beat Frome Technical High 2-1at Llandilo Sports Complex with goals from Kyle Gordon and O’neil Headley as they ended with a plus six goal-difference, two more than Garvey Maceo.
Garvey Maceo were 4-1 winners over Port Antonio High at Carder Park with Cleo Clarke scoring a double in the 10th and 31st minutes, while Rakeesh Jones scored in the 46th minute and Everald Swaby in the 52nd minute.
Keroe George scored an 85th minute consolation for Port Antonio High.
Despite losing their perfect win record, defending champions Clarendon College who were held 1-1 by Cornwall College at Glenmuir High, topped Group 1 with seven points.
Lincoln Cox gave Cornwall College a first half lead but Keheim Dixon’s late second half equaliser saw both teams share the points as Clarendon College’s run of 12 straight wins came to an end.
Clarendon College won the group with seven points after they had won their two previous outings while Cornwall College got second place on goal-difference over St Elizabeth Technical who were held 0-0 by out-of-contention Mile Gully at Brooks Park.
Both Cornwall College and STETHS, who had failed to score in their last two games, finished on four points but Cornwall College had a plus one goal-difference to STETHS’ zero.
BB Coke High blanked first time qualifiers Tacky High 4-0 at Drax Hall as they were the only school with maximum nine points from the round as Jahmaul Wright scored a double with Semar Williams and Sanjay Allen also scoring.
Davonie Daley and Nickoy Henry scored for Christiana High in their 2-0 win over McGrath High to finish second in Group 3 to Dinthill Technical who were 2-1 winners over William Knibb Memorial in their weather-affected game at Dinthill Technical.
Manchester High rebounded from their first loss of the season to BB Coke on Wednesday, to beat Happy Grove High 2-0 in Mandeville and get second place in Group 2.
The quarter-final groups are: Group A Clarendon College, Glenmuir High, Manchester High and Christiana High while Group B will see BB Coke High, Dinthill Technical, Cornwall College and Garvey Maceo High.
Results from Saturday’s games:
Mile Gully 0, STETHS 0
Manchester High 2, Happy Grove 0
Tacky High 0, BB Coke High 4
Clarendon College 1, Cornwall College 1
Dinthill Technical 2, William Knibb Memorial 1
McGrath High 0, Christiana High 2
Port Antonio High 1, Garvey Maceo 4
Frome Tech 1, Glenmuir High 2