STETHS ‘ready’ for prized d’Cup

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: EIGHT TEAMS will be left stand­ing after this af­ter­noon’s quar­ter-fi­nal round in the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup with the fo­cus on de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS), who will be trav­el­ling east to face off against Fair Prospect High at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, in a 3 p.m. kick­off, with a semi-fi­nal place on the line.

Of the four ti­tles on of­fer, STETHS’ coach, Omar Wed­der­burn, makes no bones about the im­por­tance of this com­pe­ti­tion to his school.

“We are ready for this. The daCosta Cup is what we prize the most and the aim is, as usual, to make it again to the fi­nal. But first, we have to take care of busi­ness against Fair Prospect,” Wed­der­burn said.

The other quar­ter-fi­nal pair­ings pit Claren­don Col­lege against Steer Town in the first game of a dou­ble-header at Juici Beef Com­plex, Claren­don. That game is set for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

It is to be fol­lowed by the mas­sive clash be­tween two for­mer win­ners, Corn­wall Col­lege and Glen­muir High.

Corn­wall is the only team in the com­pe­ti­tion with a 100 per cent win record and will start favourites against Glen­muir.

An­other dou­ble-header is on of­fer at Jar­rett Park, Mon­tego Bay, where Spot Val­ley High and Lit­tle Lon­don will lock horns in the bat­tle of the first­time quar­ter-fi­nal­ists at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m., Aaron Lawrence takes his slick­look­ing Rusea’s High team into bat­tle against Paul Bogle High.

The Wem­b­ley sports ground will also host a dou­ble-header when at 1 p.m., Len­non High meet the highly fan­cied Dinthill Tech­ni­cal, after which Vere Tech­ni­cal bat­tle Peters­field in a 3 p.m. clash.

Mean­while, over at Drax Hall, an­other first-time quar­ter­fi­nal­ist, Ocho Rios High, will hope to ex­tin­guish the hopes of Manch­ester High in a 3 p.m. fix­ture.

Al­though not at their best in the re­cent exit from the FLOW Su­per Cup knock­out game STETHS coach Wed­der­burn I I I I I

Cen­tre I

Cen­tre I I 1 p.m. Juici Beef Ground

3 p.m. Juici Beef Ground

1 p.m. Jar­rett Park

3 p.m. Jar­rett Park

1 p.m. Wem­b­ley Com­mu­nity 3 p.m. Wem­b­ley Com­mu­nity 3 p.m. Lynch Park

3 p.m. Drax Hall

against Bridge­port High, Dinthill’s coach, Kevin Wil­liams, will have his play­ers sharp and fo­cused for this one.

“It was bet­ter we lost that (FLOW Su­per Cup) game than in this com­pe­ti­tion, which we re­gard as still the best in the coun­try. We want to once again reach the fi­nal, so this will be a big game for us,” said Wil­liams.

“I am sure Len­non will be at their best, so we too have to up our game. A place in the semi­fi­nals is at stake and we want it badly,” Wil­liams noted.

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PHOTO BY PAUL CLARKE

Spot Val­ley High School for­ward An­dre Gard­ner (left) is one of the play­ers head coach Gregory Palmer will be look­ing to help stave off the chal­lenge posed by Lit­tle Lon­don High in their cru­cial quar­ter-fi­nal ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup game this af­ter­noon at Jar­rett Park.

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