Three former champs beaten in D’Cup today
Irwin High's Nicholas Fletcher (left) gets between the ball and Cornwall College's Giovannie Bruce in their ISSA daCosta Cup Zone A game played at Irwin on Tuesday. Irwin came from a goal down to win 2-1, their first win over Cornwall in 14 years.(Photo: Paul Reid)

HANOVER, Jamaica — Three former champions, Rusea’s High, Cornwall College and Herbert Morrison were on the wrong end of scores as the ISSA daCosta Cup football competition resumed after a short break due to the passage of Tropical Storm Ian over the weekend.

Rusea’s High had their three-game winning start cut short as they were dumped 3-0 by another former champion, Frome Technical in Lucea.

Cornwall College took the lead and missed a last minute penalty and were beaten 2-1 by Irwin High who won four straight while Herbert Morrison Technical were flooded 10-0 by William Knibb Memorial.

Cedric Titus remained joint leaders with William Knibb in Zone C after edging Spot Valley High 2-1. Maldon High scored their first win in 16 games dating back to 2019 after beating Anchovy High 4-1.

After an own goal gave Frome Technical the lead at half time, Stevaughn Spence and Javel Clarke scored second half goals as they took over the lead with a better goal-difference of 19 to the losers’ 13, both on nine points.

The win also avenged their loss to Rusea’s High last year which ended their winning start then.

At Irwin, the home team came from a goal down at half time to beat the many-time champions for the first time in 14 years, since 2008, the first year they contested the competition.

The win was Irwin’s fourth in a row and extended their best start ever and increased their lead in the zone as they are on 12 points, one more than Green Pond High, who drew 1-1 at home to St James High with Cornwall College in third place on six points.

Cornwall College had the chance to salvage a point late in the game but for the second time this season, missed a penalty and slumped to their second loss.

Darnel Brissett gave Cornwall College the lead in the 26th minute but Leo Campbell levelled the scores in the 78th minute before Fabian Grey scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute.

Cornwall were awarded a penalty in time added on but Mikhail Samuels skied the kick over the cross bar.

At Herbert Morrison, William Knibb ran rough shod over the home team with their biggest ever win, coming a week after their scored eight against Muschett High.

Cedric Titus also scored their third straight win as well, beating Spot Valley High 2-1 to stay tied on points with William Knibb.

Maldon High’s last win came in September 2019, 1-0 over Irwin High then, and after their first goal since the 2019 season in a 1-1 draw against St James High last week; they got their first win this season with two goals from Chadrain Senior and one each from Brian Ambersley and Nicholas Drummond.

Tuesday’s results:

Zone A

Irwin - 2, Cornwall College - 1

Green Pond -1, St James -1

Maldon - 4, Anchovy - 1

Zone B

Rusea’s - 0, Frome - 3

Zone C

Spot Valley - 1, Cedric Titus - 2

Herbert Morrison - 0, William Knibb - 10

Zone D

Godfrey Stewart - 1, Black River - 0

– Paul A Reid

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