What a clash!

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

STETHS, Munro lock horns in big D’Cup show­down

WEST­ERN BUREAU HILE THERE will be a num­ber of high stakes ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup matches set for this af­ter­noon, few, if any will carry in­ter­ests as the Zone E derby fea­tur­ing St. El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal and Munro Col­lege in Santa Cruz is promis­ing to do.

Over the years, this matchup has taken on a sig­nif­i­cance that has tran­scended a mere foot­ball spec­ta­cle and is ar­guably the com­pe­ti­tion’s big­gest ri­valry, even lay­ing down a chal­lenge to­wards the Corn­wall Col­lege/Rusea’s derby at its heights in the 90’s or the Clarendon Col­lege/Vere Tech­ni­cal one-two punch of the eight­ies.

STETHS has been the more suc­cess­ful in re­cent years, ob­vi­ously, but Munro and its sup­port­ers still pride it­self as the stan­dard by which all oth­ers should be judged in St El­iz­a­beth and so will not go qui­etly and cede STETHS the throne.

When they meet this af­ter­noon, sev­eral in­tan­gi­bles will be in play. Namely, STETHS, who are first in the zone on goal difference over La­covia (both have 9 points), will be on fa­mil­iar home turf in Santa Cruz and will be backed by their band of ra­bid sup­port­ers.

WSTRIKER WRIGHT OUT

STETHS will also be tak­ing the field with­out one of their most lethal strik­ers in Romeo Wright, who suf­fered a bro­ken leg in a re­cent match against Mag­gotty.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons will still be smart­ing from that shock 1-0 loss to La­covia on Thurs­day.

Munro, mean­while, third in the zone with 8 points, on the other hand, has been get­ting more than sat­is­fac­tory re­sults re­cently to in­clude a strong fight back to se­cure a draw against Mag­gotty. The Lance Mor­gan-coached Munro then slapped a solid 6-1 spank­ing on Black River in prepa­ra­tion for to­day’s derby.

“We are aim­ing to top the zone. We haven’t done so in a num­ber of years, but we like our chances this time around against STETHS,” Mor­gan told The Gleaner.

“I am ex­pect­ing a humdinger of a con­test in Santa Cruz. Two of the best teams in the zone and more a Munro ver­sus STETHS is al­ways go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing af­fair. It should be in­ter­est­ing,” Mor­gan said.

And it is promis­ing that and much more. As STETHS coach Omar Wed­der­burn stated, his team will be tak­ing the at­tack to Munro.

“All our frus­tra­tion will be taken out on this Munro team. We lost against La­covia and while it’s not re­ally a set­back, we want some form of re­venge and so it is that we meet Munro next,” rea­soned Wed­der­burn.

An­other hot-but­ton match-up is in Zone A, where St. James high will tackle Corn­wall Col­lege. Both teams are locked on max­i­mum 12 points from four matches and have looked im­pres­sive do­ing so.

Other in­ter­est­ing matches pit Zone E con­tenders Newell (five points) against a La­covia side still on cloud nine, af­ter their first vic­tory over STETHS in eight years on Thurs­day to join the cham­pi­ons on 9 points, while Manch­ester and Mile Gully will pro­vide se­ri­ous goal-mouth ac­tion in their top-of-the-ta­ble Zone F clash.

In Zone K, Dinthill (12 points) and Ewarton (9pts) will also be of keen in­ter­est, as they con­tinue set­ting the pace in that zone.

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