Marshall nets all four in Anchovy victory
Ronaldo Marshall moved into the lead in the race for the golden boot after just one match in the 2014 LIME/ISSA daCosta Cup, scoring all the goals to lead Anchovy High to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Irwin yesterday.
Victory lifted the Edwin Alcock-coached school into the lead in Zone A on three points, two more than St James High and Green Pond, who drew 1-1 on Saturday's opening day.
"This is a good win. We played very good football, and I am happy to score the goals that gave us the win," Marshall said.
Irwin were outplayed from the opening whistle on a muddy field - drenched by a heavy and persistent mid-afternoon downpour - and the home team took advantage when Marshall gave them the lead 15 minutes after the start.
The game was entertaining, as Irwin pushed forward in trying to find the equaliser, but it was Anchovy that almost scored again as Marshall's shot sailed wide of the goal frame.
However, he was not to be denied a second, as a goalmouth scramble ended with the centre forward poking home, with Irwin goalie Raniel Dilworth on his knees trying to effect the save. That goal made it 2-0 in the 45th minute.
Following the half-time break, Marshall scored again, beating the Irwin defenders before firing out of the goalkeeper's reach for a 3-0 lead at the 47th minute.
Irwin's consolation goal came against the run of play, when Oshane Brown netted in the 53rd minute.
Anchovy's three-goal advantage was restored at the 77th minute when Marshall won the ball outside the 18-yard box and beat the Irwin custodian with a tremendous shot for the school, which had little to celebrate last year.
"We wanted to win this first match," Marshall said, adding, "If we keep winning, I think we can win the zone, and that is our aim."
"We have been talking about the second round as a realistic target, but we will take anything else after that," Marshall added.
Anchovy will next face the competition's most successful school, Cornwall College, this Saturday at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay.
The day's other scheduled encounter, a Zone G match between Holmwood Technical and Christiana High at Christiana, was rained out.