Un­de­feated Corn­wall Col­lege a point away from D’Cup semis

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: HAMPIONS ST EL­IZ­A­BETH Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS) and the red-hot Corn­wall Col­lege lead the charge for a place in the semi-fi­nals of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup school­boy foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion this af­ter­noon, each need­ing just a point to ce­ment their spots.

In ad­di­tion, the four to ad­vance will also com­pete for the Ben Fran­cis Knock­out tro­phy, with STETHS seek­ing a sev­enth straight lien on a ti­tle they have won six years in a row go­ing back to 2010.

They may still, how­ever, be smart­ing from last Satur­day’s sud­den death penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer’s in the FLOW Su­per Cup, and no bet­ter way to get them back in prime form than hav­ing their num­ber-one tar­get on the line.

STETHS will take on Peters­field in Santa Cruz, and all sea­son head coach Omar Wed­der­burn has been trum­pet­ing his school’s love af­fair with the daCosta Cup. There­fore, a strong per­for­mance is on the cards, which means the third-place team in Zone R, Peters­field High (3pts), could be in for it this af­ter­noon.

Vere Tech (3pts) and Fair Prospect (0 points) will com­pete in the zone’s other fix­ture at the Wem­b­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

“We want to win all the tro­phies on of­fer but we have a spe­cial place in our hearts for the daCosta Cup. That is the big one and we in­tend to de­fend it with every­thing we have,” Wed­der­burn said.

Things could get rather in­ter­est­ing if STETHS fail to de­feat Petets­field and Vere man­age a win over Fair Prospect, which


would mean that goal dif­fer­ence would be em­ployed to se­lect the zone win­ner.

There should be no such is­sues for the high-fly­ing Corn­wall Col­lege. They will tackle Manch­ester in a top-of-thetable clash in the first of two matches at Jar­rett Park at 1 p.m. Rusea’s and Len­non will meet in the sec­ond match at that venue start­ing at 3 p.m.

Corn­wall are still on a high, af­ter beat­ing Claren­don Col­lege in the FLOW Su­per Cup semis, with their lead­ing goal-get­ter Jour­daine Fletcher on fire ap­proach­ing 30 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions so far this sea­son.

They re­main un­de­feated in the sea­son, with head coach Dr Dean Weatherly hail­ing his charges as ma­ture and con­fi­dent ahead of the clash.

“We are be­gin­ning to come into our own. The play­ers are ma­tur­ing in front of our eyes. I think we can go re­ally far,” he said.

Manch­ester, how­ever, could spring a sur­prise, but the odds are that Corn­wall will book their ticket to the semi-fi­nals at the end of the day.

STETHS striker Jovoney Brown.

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