Annotto Bay sprint to fourth-straight d'Cup victory
Former champions Cornwall roll over Spot Valley 4-0
Cornwall College's Dantae Escoffery (left) takes on Spot Valley High's Kevron Taylor during the daCosta Cup Zone A game in Montego Bay on Friday. Cornwall College won 4-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Annotto Bay High extended their winning start in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/Wata daCosta Cup football competition to four games after edging St Mary Technical High 2-1 in their first-round Zone I game in Richmond on Friday.

Annotto Bay are the first school to win their first four games and lead Tacky High, who had a massive 10-0 win over Iona High, also on Friday.

Giovanni McLean scored a hat-trick to spur Tacky High, while there were goals for Romario Gibbs, Jayden Davis, Saviana Johnson, Malique Campbell, Donjay Gouldbourne, Robert Cain and Deandre Jackson.

Twenty-two games are down to be played Saturday afternoon with nine seeking a fourth-straight win. They include defending champions Clarendon College and former winners Rusea's High, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Garvey Maceo High.

There will also be a number of interesting match-ups: Rusea's High and Frome Technical will put up their perfect win records against each other, while Cedric Titus High are seeking a first win over William Knibb Memorial since the 2018 season.

On Friday, Knox College had their bright start slowed after they were beaten 0-3 by Holmwood Technical, who were scoring their first win of the season.

Knox College had won their first three games and still lead the zone on goal difference after Bellefield High edged Alphansus Davis High 1-0 to join them on nine points.

Denbigh High also had their winning start cut as they were held 1-1 by Old Harbour High.

Alexander Cox scored a double for Cornwall College as they rolled past Spot Valley High 4-0 in their Zone A game played in Montego Bay.

Deshawn Evans gave Cornwall College the lead in the third minute before Cox scored in the 36th and 59th minutes. Dane Buckley added a fourth in the 80th minute.

Irwin High blanked Green Pond High 3-0 to return to second place, while Maldon High's two-game winning run was cut as they were held 2-2 by St James High at home.

On Saturday, Clarendon College, Garvey Maceo, Rusea's High, Edwin Allen, STETHS, Cedric Titus, Belair and Manchester High will hope to join Annotto Bay High with four consecutive wins.

Rusea's High will face a stubborn Frome Technical team that they are yet to beat in their last four meetings.

Cedric Titus are off to a flying start and will go to Martha Brae confident they can beat William Knibb, who have lost two games so far. Those losses equal the number of first-round defeats William Knibb have suffered in the last three seasons.

Paul A Reid

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