Three schools stay perfect in daCosta Cup
Irwin High's Ronaldo Hylton (right) tries to dribble away from St James High's Tariq Kerr in Saturday's ISSA daCosta Cup Zone A return round game played at Irwin High in St James. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, ending Irwin High's four games winning start.(Photo: Paul Reid)

Three schools, Dinthill Technical, Manning’s School and St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) extended their perfect starts to the ISSA daCosta Cup football competition with return round wins on Saturday while two other schools had their perfect win records ended.

Dinthill, Mannings and STETHS moved closer to booking their places in the next round of the competition and could secure their second round places in their next games.

Irwin High and Paul Bogle had their winning runs ended but still lead their respective zones.

Two time champions Dinthill Technical ran their record to seven wins after turning back second place Charlemont High 4-1 in their Zone K game played in Linstead as Daniel Roberts scored twice while Mikhaya McKoy and Shamar Hutchinson got one each as they improved to 21 points, five more than second placed Charlemont and McGrath High who beat Ewarton High 2-0.

Dinthill had won the first round game 4-3 and has now scored 37 goals in their seven games while McGrath High slid past Charlemont High into second place on goal-difference.

Jhamaleek Porter scored all five goals for Manning’s School as they beat Black River High 5-1 for their sixth win in Zone D.

Porter who had failed to score in Manning’s School’s previous game, made amends by taking his personal tally to 13 goals, nine of which have come against Black River after he bagged four in their 6-0 first round win.

STETHS extended their winning start to six games, edging BB Coke 1- 0, in the process running their points total to 18, three more than second placed Munro College who lost 2-1 to Sydney Pagon High while Maggotty High and Lacovia drew 1-1.

This was Sydney Pagon’s first win over Munro College and their first in the competition since the 2019 season when they beat Lacovia and Black River High.

Many time champions Clarendon College also stayed perfect with a 2-0 win over Edwin Allen High and took over the lead in Zone H with nine points from three victories.

Irwin High appeared to still be celebrating their big come from behind win over former champions Cornwall College earlier in the week as they were held scoreless for the first time this season by St James High.

Irwin High had started their season with a 1-0 win over St James but could not breach their defense on Saturday and had to settle for a point but still lead Zone A with 13 points.

Paul Bogle High had their six-game winning streak halted as they were beaten 3-1 by St Thomas Technical but are still in control of Zone L with 18 points.

Saturday’s games-

Zone A

Irwin High 0, St James 0

Zone D

Black River 1, Manning’s 5

Belmont 0, Godfrey Stewart 0

Petersfield 0, Grange Hill 0

Zone E

Maggotty 1, Lacovia 1

STETHS 1, BB Coke 0

Munro 1, Sydney Pagon 2

Zone F

DeCarteret 5, May Day 0

Mile Gully 1, Alphansus Davis 0

Belair 1, Bellefield 0

Zone H

Thompson Town 1 Kellits 0

Clarendon 2, Edwin Allen 0

Zone J

Tacky 3, Wycliffe Martin 1

St Mary High 0, St Mary Tech 0

Zone K

Charlemont 1, Dinthill 4

Enid Bennett 1, Guys Hill 0

McGrath 2, Ewarton 0

Zone L

Paul Bogle 1, St Thomas Tech 3

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Seaforth 2, Morant Bay 1

Zone M

Old Harbour 7, Tacius Golding 0

Central 1, Denbigh 0

Zone N

Winston Jones 1, Foga Road 5

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