Belair beat Manchester High in D’Cup
Tajay Cooper celebrates William Knibb Memorial's third goal in their 3-0 win over Spot Valley High in their ISSA daCosta Cup Zone C game on Wednesday. It was William Knibb's fourth straight win and they joined Cedric Titus at the top of the tables.(Photo: Paul Reid)

MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Belair High’s first ever win over Manchester High in the ISSA daCosta Cup football competition saw them take over the lead in Zone F as the race for places in the second round picked up pace.

Aaron Ashley scored the goal on Wednesday that saw Belair High create school history as they avenged their first round 2-0 loss and took over the lead with 15 points, two more than Manchester High, both from five games played.

Manchester High has dominated the competition between both schools as Belair High School’s only other ‘success’ against them came in a 0-0 draw in the 2004 season.

DeCarteret College moved to 12 points after they beat Bellefield High 2-0.

Meanwhile, former champions Frome Technical and Clarendon College, as well as William Knibb Memorial all extended their perfect starts after wins on Wednesday.

Frome Technical and Clarendon both won their fifth straight game while William Knibb Memorial won their fourth straight.

Munro College’s 1-0 loss to Lacovia High in their rescheduled game on Wednesday means St Elizabeth will win Zone E, a day after they were one of three schools who had booked their places along with Dinthill Technical and Manning’s School.

Frome Technical swamped Merlene Ottey High 8-0 to maintain their lead over Rusea’s High in Zone B with Stevaughn Spence, Kemar Beckford and Dwayne Watt each getting a brace, while Jevanni Plummer and Dujon Brown also scored in the rout.

Rusea’s High were also winners on the day, beating Hopewell High 3-0 as both winners are on 15 points but Frome Technical has the edge on goal-difference.

Clarendon College also ran their record to five straight wins beating Kellits High 5-1 and increased their margin atop Zone H to seven points after second place Edwin Allen were held to a 0-0 draw by Lennon High.

William Knibb Memorial failed to live up to their standard but nonetheless beat Spot Valley High 3-0 to regain their lead in Zone C on goal-difference over Cedric Titus.

Omarion Robb and Mark Lewis gave William Knibb a 2-0 lead at half time before Tajay Cooper added a third mid way the second half.

Defending champions Garvey Maceo won a fourth straight game, beating Kemps Hill high 4-1 while Vere Technical whipped Winston Jones High 10-0 to stay three points behind the champions.

Irwin High had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw against Maldon High in their Zone A game, the second time the schools met in three days.

It was the third straight draw for Irwin High after they won their first four games and it was back-to-back draws for Maldon who are now unbeaten in five games.

Wednesday's games

Zone A

St James 3, Anchovy 2

Irwin 1, Maldon 1

Zone B

Rusea's 3, Hopewell 0

Merlene Ottey 0, Frome 8

Zone C

Herbert Morrison1, Muschett 0

Spot Valley 0, William Knibb 3

Zone E

Lacovia 1, Munro College 0

Zone F

Bellefield 0, deCarteret 2

Belair 1, Manchester 0

Mt St Joseph 3, May Day 0

Zone H

Edwin Allen 0, Lennon 0

Clarendon College 5, Kellits 1

Zone J

Wycliffe Martin 2, Annotto Bay 3

St Mary Tech 1, Tacky High 1

Zone M

Tacius Golding 0, Central 5

Zone N

Vere Tech 10, Winston Jones 0

Kemps Hill 1, Garvey Maceo 4

Zone O

Titchfield 1, Port Antonio 1

Happy Grove 6, Fair Prospect 0

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