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Munro in must-win derby clash today

Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
St Elizabeth Tehnical's (STETHS) striker Donjay Smith (left) comes under pressure from Lacovia High School's Devon Mullings in the teams' last game, which was won 2-0 by STETHS. Smith was on target in that match to bring his goal tally to nine.-Photo by Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:Three points or nothing; that is the simple equation for Andrew Edwards and his Munro College players, as they seek to hitch a ride to the inter-zone round of the 2014 ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup Football Competition today against arch-rivals and Group E leaders St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS).

Munro's inconsistency all throughout the group phase of the competition has left them down in third place, chasing the already qualified defending champions STETHS, and Lacovia High.

Lacovia (19 points) continue to show strong signs of their new pedigree, but are just slightly better off than Munro on 17 points from nine matches. STETHS have so far logged 25 points from their nine matches, winning eight with drawing one.

interesting plot

STETHS have been sailing so far, but a win for Munro is never out of the question when these two powerhouse teams meet, and with the dynamics not exactly how coach Edwards would have envisaged, it adds yet another interesting plot to their long rivalry heading into the day's contest.

Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, told The Gleaner that his approach will not change in spite of Munro's perceived hot and cold season so far, but that it makes this renewal of one of the longest running daCosta Cup rivalries that more intense.

"They know what they need to advance and we know what we want to accomplish, so on that note, it is clear the match is going to be very exciting," Wedderburn said.

"It is a very important match for both schools, we want to make sure we remain unbeaten with inter-zone around the corner. This is our dress rehearsal for the next round and it is a serious game for us," he said.

When the sides met on September 20 in Santa Cruz, the result was a 0-0 stalemate, but this time around Edwards' team can ill-afford another draw, as only a win will qualify them directly.

Key Match

The other key match in the group will see Lacovia tackling BB Coke and they too must win in order to stave off Munro's late charge in order to nail down the qualifying spot.

Frome have already qualified from Group B, leaving Rusea's (9) and Green Island (6) in a keen tussle for the other available spot and today's fixture against Merlene Ottey clearly should benefit the Green Islanders. Rusea's battle Frome and need only a point from the match to be sure of advancing.

TODAY'S MATCHES

Irwin vs Cornwall

St James vs Anchovy

Merlene Ottey vs Green Island

Rusea's vs Frome

Muschett vs Spot Valley

Herbert Morrison vs William Knibb

Grange Hill vs Black River

Godfrey Stewart vs Manning's

Munro vs STETHS

Newell vs Maggotty

Lacovia vs B.B. Coke

Belair vs DeCarteret

Cross Keys vs Manchester

Christiana vs Knox

Alston vs Spalding

Clarendon vs Lennon

Edwin Allen vs Claude McKay

Islington vs Oracabessa

Iona vs St Mary High

Brimmervale vs St Mary Tech

Ewarton vs McGrath

Fair Prospect vs Port Antonio

Titchfield vs Happy Grove

Porus vs Bustamante

Garvey Maceo vs Glenmuir

Central High vs Kemps Hill

Tacius Golding vs Old Harbour

Foga Road vs Vere

Morant Bay vs Seaforth

Paul Bogle vs Robert Lightnourne

All matches begin at 3:30 p.m.