DaCosta Cup: Rusea’s & St. James Roll on

RAMBLE, Hanover — Defending champions Rusea’s, St James and Cedric Titus High are the only schools left with perfect win records in the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel schoolboys’ daCosta Cup after scoring wins as their first-round matches ended yesterday.

Demar Thomas of Grange Hill High (left) tries to get past Dino Brown of Mannings during their ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Zone E daCosta Cup match-up in Savanna-la-Mar yesterday. Brown scored in Mannings’ 1-0 triumph. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Rusea’s extended their string of victories in Zone B to six with a 5-0 win over Maldon High at Knockalva Technical, while Cedric Titus ended their first round in Zone C with a similar result over York Castle in Brown’s Town in Zone C.

St James, meanwhile, edged Irwin High, 1-0, in Zone A for their sixth straight win as well.

Grange Hill and Buff Bay had their winning streaks snapped with losses to Mannings and Annotto Bay, High respectively.

Anthony Walker scored a brace for the champions, who have now scored 38 unanswered goals — two more than St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) — who had their game against DeCarteret College washed out.

Brian Brown of Rusea’s took his goals tally to 14 when he scored once. Damion Alexander and Jovan James both had a goal each as well for Rusea’s, who led 1-0 at half-time.

Ojay Smith led the Cedric Titus rout with four goals to take his season’s tally to six as the Clarks Town, Trelawny school extended their best ever start to move to 15 points.

In Savanna-la-Mar, Grange Hill — who had won their previous four games — missed two easy chances in the first half within minutes and were made to pay by a resilient Mannings team.

Jamaican 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer (right) shelters from the rain during a schoolboy daCosta Cup match betwen her alma mater, Mannings, and Grange Hill High in Savanna-la- Mar yesterday. Mannings won, 1-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Mannings goalkeeper Kaseem Wed-derburn was lured out of his goal in the 28th minute, but Clarence McNeil headed wide of the empty goal from two feet.

Two minutes later, Grange Hill again failed to score from mere feet away with the ball rolling along the goal line and Dino Brown grabbed all three points for the home team by heading home a corner in the 44th minute.

Frome Technical scored consecutive big wins since losing to Rusea’s on Saturday, beating Knockalva, 8-0, with Kevin Williams scoring a hat-trick, Henry Blair and Kawayne Wilson getting two each, and Kevon Blake the other.

Last-placed Annotto Bay scored their first win of the season, ending Buff Bay’s good run with a 2-0 win in Zone K, while Ewarton edged Zone J leaders Tacius Golding, 2-1, to join them on 12 points, while Old Harbour won for the second time with a 3-1 win over Dinthill Technical.

Garvey Maceo assumed the lead in Zone I after beating Central High, 2-1, in a rain-interrupted game, while the game between previous leaders Denbigh High and Glenmuir was rained out.

Munro College joined STETHS on 16 points at the top of Zone F after beating Balaclava, 3-0, and the STETHS game was washed out.

The battle for supremacy in Zone H continued with the top three schools all scoring wins. Leaders Edwin Allen blanked Porus, 3-0; second-placed Lennon edged Thompson Town, 2-1, while Clarendon College beat Claude McKay, 3-0.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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