SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Former champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and Munro College were among seven schools that qualified for the quarter-finals of the ISSA daCosta Cup competition after a hectic schedule of games yesterday.
Fourteen schools have now secured their berths in the second round, with only Zone E with defending champions Clarendon College left to be decided.
Just 16 schools, two from each of the eight zones, will qualify for the second round of the competition this year, a move that was made due to the six-week delayed start.
Despite contrasting results, STETHS and Munro College booked their spots from Zone C while Manchester High and Christiana played out a 0-0 draw to take both spots from Zone D; Happy Grove and St Thomas Technical are the qualifiers from Zone G while McGrath High got the lone remaining spot from Zone H, joining Dinthill Technical.
Meanwhile Manning's School won Zone B — beating Frome Technical 3-0 despite playing with 10 men — and joined William Knibb Memorial and Cornwall College from Zone A and Garvey Maceo High and Vere Technical from Zone F, the early qualifiers.
Zamario Douglas scored for STETHS as they edged Lacovia High 1-0 in the first game of the Zone C play-off double-header at St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex.
STETHS topped the zone with 16 points, four more than runners-up Munro College who still advanced despite being beaten 1-0 by outgoing Ben Francis KO champions BB Coke High.
Munro College, who finished with 12 points, lost both games in the play-offs.
Manchester High and Christiana High both ended Zone D on 14 points, one more than Holmwood Technical who beat Belair High 4-2 in their game.
Garvey Maceo High beat Old Harbour High 6-0 to run their perfect win record in Zone F to seven games, as Cleo Clarke scored four times to take his tally to 10 goals while Christopher Mundle and Shaquile Blackstock scored one each.
Happy Grove topped Zone G with 13 points after beating Seaforth High 2-1, with St Thomas Tech taking the runner-up spot on 11 points after beating Port Antonio High 2-0.
Cavauni Gowdie, Tyrese Wright and Justin Taylor scored doubles for McGrath High in their 9-0 whipping of St Mary High at Lynch Park to take the runner-up spot in Zone H behind Dinthill Technical.
McGrath advanced on goal difference ahead of Charlemont High, who beat York Castle High 4-2 as both finished on 11 points.
Rusea's High-2 Green Pond-3
Petersfield High-1 Godfrey Stewart-1
Frome-0 Mannings- 3
Lacovia High-0 STETHS-1
BB Coke High-1 Munro College- 0
Alston High-1 deCarteret College-2
Christiana High-0 Manchester High-0
Holmwood Tech- 4 Belair High-2
Foga Road High-3 Vere Tech-3
Old Harbour High-0 Garvey Maceo-6
Seaforth High-1 Happy Grove High-2
Port Antonio High-0 St Thomas Technical-2
McGrath High-9 St Mary High-0
Brown's Town High-0 Ocho Rios High-0
York Castle High-2 Charlemont High-4
— Paul Reid