Morant Bay extend good start in d' Cup
St James High School's goalkeeper Oneil Pringle is beaten by a penalty kick from Cornwall College's Deshaun Talbert in their ISSSA/Wata daCosta Cup Zone A game played at Jarrett Park on Wednesday. Cornwall College won the game 2-0 to stay in the lead in the points tables.(Photo: Paul Reid)

KINGSTON, Jamaica— Morant Bay High are off to their best start in at least the last 15 years in the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition after outscoring Robert Lightbourne High 4-2 in their Zone K return round game on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.

Morant Bay High, who had won the first round game 12-0 a week ago opened up a six points lead before Thursday’s game between Paul Bogle High and Yallahs High.

Meanwhile, former champions Rusea’s High matched their best start since the 2018 season after beating Cambridge High 4-0 at the Collin Miller Complex in Lucea for their fifth straight win.

Davalio Gillard scored a hat-trick and Deandre Brown scored the other for Rusea’s High as they beat Cambridge High a second time after a 6-1 margin in the first round.

In Santa Cruz, STETHS rebounded from their 1-1 draw against Munro College on Saturday to beat Sydney Pagon High 9-1 and retake the lead in Zine E as Kenoy Banton and Deandre Campbell both scored braces to lead the scoring.

Cornwall College won their third straight game, beating St James High 2-0 with Travis Gordon scoring his first in the competition and Deshaun Talbert converted a second half penalty.

The win saw Cornwall College stay in the lead in Zone A with 13 points, two more than Irwin High who also beat Maldon High 2-0 with Leo Campbell scoring both goals.

Stevaughn Spence and Akeem Kangol both scored braces for Frome Technical who brushed aside Merlene Ottey High 7-0 in the Zone B return round game after beating them 3-1 in the first round.

William Knibb Memorial were also big winners getting by Discovery Bay High 8-0 in their game played at Martha Brae.

Results from Wednesday's games:

Irwin High 2, Maldon High 0

St James High 0, Cornwall College 2

Spot Valley High 1, Green Pond High 1

Merlene Ottey 0, Frome Tech 7

Rusea’s High 4, Cambridge High 0

William Knibb Mem 8, Discovery Bay High 0

Ferncourt High 1, Browns Town 7

STETHS 9, Sydney Pagon 1

Maggotty High 1, Lacovia High 1

May Day High 0, deCarteret College 3

Belair High vs Manchester High- Belair High- called off, lightning

Mt St Joseph High vs Cross Keys High- Mt St Joseph- called off due to lightning

St Mary Tech 2, St Mary High 3

Carron Hall High 0, Wycliffe Martin 5

Morant Bay High 4, Robert Lightbourne High 2

-Paul A Reid

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