IRWIN, St James — Irwin High School will seek to extend their best-ever start to an ISSA daCosta Cup football season when they host last-place Anchovy High School in their Zone A game on Friday, starting at 3:30 pm.
Irwin High have won their first two games in the competition for the first time ever and optimism will be high when they face an Anchovy High team yet to earn a point or score a goal after three outings.
The Norman Foster-coached Irwin High brought Green Pond High back to Earth, beating them 2-0 on Tuesday after Green Pond had edged Cornwall College 2-1 on Saturday.
Three teams are tied for the lead in Zone A with Cornwall College ahead on goal difference of nine after a big 8-0 beating of Anchovy on Tuesday, followed by Irwin High on a goal difference of three, one more than Green Pond who fell from first place to third.
Also on Friday, Cornwall College will play away to St James High at Jarrett Park, while Green Pond will be at Maldon High.
Irwin High have scored just three goals in their two games, doing just enough to win, beating St James High 1-0 in a scrappy game last week before scoring twice in the first seven minutes on Tuesday to stop Green Pond.
Three different players have scored for Irwin High so far, but they will hope to extend their winning run and hopefully qualify for the second round for the first time.
Cornwall College will hope Tuesday's massive win over a hapless Anchovy High will be the springboard they need after two subpar performances to start the season.
Mikhail Samuels scored his first hat-trick to lead Cornwall College, who led 3-0 at half-time, to their biggest margin of victory since beating Irwin High 11-0 in the 2014 season. Dane Buckley, who returned from a one-game suspension and Giovanni Bruce both scored two goals, while Raphael Palmer got the other for the Cornwall College team.
Cornwall College also scored eight in a game against Irwin High in 2015, while Green Pond High also beat Irwin High 10-0 in 2014, the same year St James High beat them 8-0.
Also on Tuesday, Maldon High ended a 15-game losing skid dating back to the 2019 season, coming behind with a man down to draw 1-1 with St James High at Jarrett Park.
Seajay Campbell gave St James the lead in the first half, but Chadraine Senior scored in the 72nd minute as Maldon avoided losing and scored for the first time in eight games after they failed to score a goal in the competition last season.