STETHS seek spots in both ISSA Rural U14/16 football competitions
Anchovy High's Dantae Hutchinson (left) dribbles out of his area as Cornwall College's Shaeem Bernard seeks to close him down in Monday's ISSA Rural Area Under 14 quarterfinals played at Cornwall College. Cornwall College won the game 1-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Former champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS)is hoping to secure semi-final spots in both the ISSA Rural Area Under-14 and Under-16 football competitions as the quarter-final in both competitions come to an end on Thursday.

Only two schools, STETHS and York Castle, have a chance at winning both competitions with teams still in contention.

STETHS are already into the Under 14 semi-finals after winning both games played so far in the quarterfinals and are well set in the Under-16 where Glenmuir High have secured their spot with Thursday’s game still to be played.

Garvey Maceo High are on course to defend their Under-16 title, but new champions will be crowned in the Under-14 with Mannings School failing to get past the second round.

STETHS are on four points in Group B of the Under-16 quarterfinal, two points behind semi-final qualifiers Glenmuir High, who they will face on Thursday and would have to lose by a three-goal margin to give Wycliffe Martin High any hopes of advancing.

Wycliffe Martin High are on one point and a win over Ocho Rios High at Drax Hall would see them move to four points, the same as STETHS going into their game.

Group A of the Under-16 contest is wide open with defending champions Garvey Maceo on six points, needing a point against Black River High to win the group.

Black River High must beat Garvey to secure their spot in the semi-finals with Clarendon College - last season’s beaten finalists taking on York Castle - who are yet to score a point after losing to both Black River and Garvey Maceo in the round.

With STETHS already through to the semi-finals of the Under 14, they will play a Vere Technical team that needs only a point to advance to the semi-finals.

A win for STETHS could, however, open the door for Titchfield High, who are on one point and face York Castle who are yet to earn a point after losing to STETHS and Vere Technical already.

In Group A McGrath High and 2019 all-island champions Cornwall College only need a draw against Anchovy High and St Mary High respectively to advance.

McGrath High could have their hands full against a tough Anchovy High team that will be playing closer to home in the game that will be played at Cornwall College.

Under 14- 1:30pm

St Mary High vs Cornwall College @ St Mary High

Anchovy High vs McGrath High @ Cornwall College

Titchfield High vs York Castle @ Titchfield

STETHS vs Vere Technical @ STETHS

Under 16- 3:00pm

York Castle vs Clarendon College @ York Castle

Black River vs Garvey Maceo @ Black River

Ocho Rios vs Wycliff Martin @ Drax Hall

STETHS vs Glenmuir @ STETHS

Paul Reid

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