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Rusea's eye top spot in Group G

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Radcliff Dawkins of St James High (left), is pushed off the ball by Green Pond High's forward, Peter Campbell, in Thursday's daCosta Cup Group A clash. Green Pond won 1-0. - Photo by Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

With Frome Technical safely in control of their daCosta Cup inter-zone round destiny, rivals and former champions, Rusea's High, could also cement a place in the next round when they take on Green Island High at 3:30 p.m. today.

Rusea's were ruthless in their last Group B outing on Tuesday against Merlene Ottey High. They came away with an easy 5-0 scoreline to move to nine points from four matches, then just three adrift of leaders Frome.

Aaron Lawrence, the Ruseas' head coach, is eyeing top spot in the group.

"It is very important that we not just advance, but that we finish first in the group while doing so," he told The Gleaner.

"We can definitely catch Frome, but we must win our last two matches and hope they slip up somewhere along the line, so defeating Green Island is the key here and we are ready for that," he said.

Green Island are not the force of former years and should pose few problems for Rusea's.

Rusea's in fine form

The Rusea's team has scored 11 goals so far, while conceding three. With midfielder Stephen Malcolm Jr, Kristoff Young and leading scorer Deshane Beckford all in fine form, they should easily get past their rivals.

Over in Montego Bay, city rivals Cornwall College and St James High are set for another hot contest.

Cornwall beat St James 2-0 last Saturday to hand them their first loss of the season. They then whipped Anchovy 4-0 to maintain their perfect record and 15 points in Group A.

St James (seven points) have it all to do after their listless 1-0 loss at Green Pond High on Thursday. That defeat means that a loss to Cornwall will end their hopes of advancing and send Green Pond (10 points) through with the high-flying Cornwall.

Runaway Group E leaders and defending champions St Elizabeth Technical have 19 points from seven matches so far to advance early and should secure three additional points against fifth-place Maggotty.

Under-pressure second-place team Lacovia (13) could take a massive step towards the next round when they play Newell, while Munro (11) need a win to remain in contention.

Today's matches

  • Green Pond vs Anchovy
  • Cornwall vs St. James
  • Green Island vs Rusea's
  • William Knibb vs Spot Valley
  • Herbert Morrison vs Muschett
  • Manning's vs Black River
  • Godfrey Stewart vs Petersfield
  • Munro vs BB Coke
  • Newell vs Lacovia
  • STETHS vs Maggotty
  • Manchester vs DeCartert
  • Cross Keys vs Mile Gully
  • Holmwood vs Spalding
  • Christiana vs Alston High
  • Thompson Town vs Claude McKay
  • Clarendon vs Edwin Allen
  • Steer Town vs Cedric Titus
  • York Castle vs Marcus Garvey
  • Islington vs St Mary Tech
  • Iona vs Brimmervale
  • Oracabessa vs St Mary High
  • Denbigh vs Glenmuir
  • Porus vs Garvey Maceo

All matches start at 3:30 p.m.