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Frome set sights on d'Cup title run

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Frome Technical team captain Jermaine Clarke, seen here going through his practice routine, will be one of the players who will hold key roles for Frome Technical High this season. -Photo by Steve Brown

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:Frome Technical will never get a better chance of adding to their single schoolboy football title, won more than a decade ago, than in this year's competition.

As many as four titles will be on offer, and team captain Jermaine Clarke believes winning the 2014 ISSA/Lime daCosta Cup is top priority.

"It's easy; we want to be daCosta Cup champions again," he told The Gleaner, "We came close last year and the year before, but we have a good side this year and, if we carry our preseason form into the main competition and pass the ball intelligently, I don't see why we could not be champions."

The aim according to the captain is to first claim top spot in Zone B, and that will not be as easy. Frome will have many-time champions Rusea's High, Green Island High and Merlene Ottey High - still an unknown quantity this year - to contend with. Merlene Ottey have a new coach and could cause an upset or two if the three top schools choose to take them lightly.

According to Clarke, if Frome, the 2003 champions, are to be considered among the elite, they must first transition from a "single championship school" to a multiple daCosta Cup winning school. The forward insists he will lead from the front.

a huge job

"I have a big job as captain. I want to lead from the front and that means scoring lots of goals for my school. I am actually targeting 32 goals this year," said Clarke.

"If I can score that freely, and others chip in with their tally and with our defence already looking good, then winning the cup could be a reality," he added.

The Marvin Quarry-coached aggregation were beaten by Marcus Garvey in the 2013 semi-finals, but the plan this year, according to Quarry, is to at least make the final of any of the four competitions on offer, but his main target is the coveted daCosta Cup.

He said being called daCosta Cup champions carries more weight than all other titles and has promised that his school will be one of the true contenders trying to wrest the Cup from the grasp of defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS).

"STETHS is a big school. So are several others, but Frome is also a big school and we want that title back," he said.

"Our preseason has gone well, now we will take the field on September 13, in our first game against Green Island, feeling confident," he added.

Holding midfielder Shadane Anderson, forward Aaron Vassell and Clarke are three of the other leading players in the Frome squad.