Spot Val­ley can win it all

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: ETTING TO the daCosta Cup quar­ter-fi­nal stage is like tonic for Spot Val­ley High, their coach Gregory Palmer told The Gleaner re­cently, adding that a first, ever ti­tle is within their reach.

Spot Val­ley are hav­ing their best ever out­ing in school­boy foot­ball in the 11-year his­tory of the school and will tackle an­other of this year’s sur­prise pack­ages in Lit­tle Lon­don High, in the first match of a Jar­rett Park dou­ble­header in the quar­ter-fi­nal round of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup this af­ter­noon at 1 p.m.

The other game matches Rusea’s against Paul Bogle High at 3 p.m.

Palmer de­clared his team has enough qual­ity to up­stage their more fan­cied op­po­si­tions if they get past the ‘Lon­don­ers’, but was quick to brush aside their over­con­fi­dent and hyped-up la­bel head­ing into the quar­ter-fi­nal clash.

“I will say we are con­fi­dent of do­ing well against a very good Lit­tle Lon­don side, but we will not be over­con­fi­dent at all,” he said.

“In fact, if any­thing, my play­ers are just de­lighted to have come this far. I see the be­lief in their eyes and I hear them speak of what it would mean to reach the semis. If that hap­pens, I truly feel that we can ad­vance to the fi­nal and win it all,” Palmer stated.

GSURVIVED GROUP OF DEATH

The coach, who took them to the in­ter-zone round last year, was clearly draw­ing a slight com­par­i­son with the 2005 cham­pi­onship win­ning team of God­frey Ste­wart High, rea­son­ing that his play­ers are hold­ing on to a sim­i­lar be­lief.

Dubbed as a group of death, Spot Val­ley High fin­ished se­cond be­hind Rusea’s High in the in­ter-zone round on four points, but ahead of the likes of God­frey Ste­wart and St James High in Zone Two and now will, for the first time, play a daCosta Cup quar­ter-fi­nal game.

“It is his­toric. But it’s also what we want,” Palmer said. “It’s go­ing to be two schools in this po­si­tion for the first time, play­ing qual­ity foot­ball. It couldn’t get any bet­ter, ex­cept that we hope that after 90 min­utes that we are the win­ners,” he added.

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