STETHS lead four into In­ter-Zone round

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

THE ST El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal front­line pair of Jovoney Brown and De­mar James con­tin­ued their rich goalscor­ing form as each net­ted a brace to fire STETHS to a com­fort­able 4-1 win over La­covia in their ISSA/Flow Zone E daCosta Cup match in Santa Cruz yes­ter­day.

With the win, STETHS also punched their ticket for the In­ter-Zone round with one game left in the group phase of the com­pe­ti­tion along­side Corn­wall Col­lege, Dinthill, Manch­ester High, and Vere Tech­ni­cal.

Brown has, so far, scored 11 times, while James ap­pears to be just warm­ing to the task, with five goals in as many matches. Their goalscor­ing ex­ploits are all the more im­por­tant with the sea­son loss of de­pend­able striker Romio Wright.

STETHS move on to 21 points cour­tesy of the win, with the skill­ful James open­ing the scor­ing in the 8th minute. It was a sim­ple goal, ca­su­ally taken by the player, as his shot to the far cor­ner was hard and low, leav­ing lit­tle chance for La­covia keeper Chavaughn Den­nis.

His sec­ond came in the 56th minute when Den­nis fum­bled the ball and James cap­i­talised

with an even eas­ier at­tempt to make the game 4-0.

RACK­ING UP GOALS

In be­tween his strikes, Brown, who has been car­ry­ing the bulk of STETHS scor­ing weight, got on to the score sheet in the 14th and 45th minute to take his tally for the sea­son so far to 11 and sec­ond in the goal scor­ers race, two adrift of Je­vaughn En­nis of Glen­muir High.

“It al­ways feels good to get goals. To­day, we should have scored more, but four was enough,” he told The Gleaner.

Oshane Sta­ple scored La­covia’s con­so­la­tion in the 87th minute as the sheen from their win over the cham­pi­ons just over a week ago was mud­died by the loss, which keeps them third in the zone on 13 points, with Munro Col­lege hold­ing on to the sec­ond au­to­matic qual­i­fy­ing spot.

Munro eas­ily brushed aside Black River 4-0 to strengthen their chances of ad­vanc­ing to the next round. They have 15 points.

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