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Final showdown

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Clarendon College's Michael Allen (left) and St Elizabeth Technical High's Rohan Lindsay challenge for the ball during the recent ISSA/LIME Ben Francis Cup KO semi-final football match at Juici Park.-file

STETHS, Clarendon in daCosta decider

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:It's the matchup most people envisaged at the start of the 2014 Inter-secondary SchooIs Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME daCosta Cup season.

A winner-takes-all final between defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and Clarendon College.

The two will go head-to-head this afternoon at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, starting at 3 p.m.

Their destiny to clash in the final was almost aligned from the onset, and a dress rehearsal in the Ben Francis KO semi-final two weeks ago, which STETHS won 6-5 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, only whetted the appetite in time for the main course.

Now they square off for the biggest prize in rural-area schoolboy football, the prestigious daCosta Cup, and a humdinger of a final is expected, with the winners to be declared champions.

"This is like clash of the titans, as Clarendon and STETHS always produce top-class football, but we have a well-balanced squad of players and we are looking to keep the trophy we won last year," Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS head coach said.

STETHS edged Dinthill 1-0 in the semi-final to reach a fourth consecutive final.

DEFEAT FOR GLENMUIR

Clarendon defeated parish rival Glenmuir 2-1 in extra time in their semi-final two weeks ago, with Walters declaring that he wants to go "crocodile hunting", a term used by Wedderburn to describe his school's timely approach when going for the win.

His job could be easier, at least on paper, as STETHS will have to do without the services of two of their top players. Leading striker Donjay Smith is out with an ankle injury he picked up in the semi-final match against Dinthill, while fellow striker Javoney Brown also misses the match injured.

"We would have liked to have them playing, but we have a quality side. It means that other players who will be given a chance will have to step up and produce like champions," Wedderburn said.

Six-time winners Clarendon College last tasted success in

1998. They will be keen on kick-starting another period of dominance and putting an end to STETHS' hold on the title.

"We are expecting another tough contest between us and STETHS. They are champions and want to keep the title. We are chasing it and are confident we can achieve it," said Clarendon coach Patrick Jackie Walters.

"All my players are fit; there is no injury to report, so we are hoping for a good day," added Walters.

STETHS's path to the final has not been as smooth as they would have liked, but according to Wedderburn, they relish the opportunity to build character.

They moved in the semi-finals, winning all three matches in the quarter-final round and topping the group on nine points, then took care of Dinthill 1-0 on a Shawn Genus goal and are now one win away from their first-ever back-to-back hold on the title they treasure most.

Clarendon, too, racked up maximum nine points from quarter-final action and toppled Glenmuir 2-1 in the semi-final to make their first final appearance in 16 years.

1950 - Munro College

1951 - Munro College

1952 - Munro College

1953 - Cornwall College

1954 - No competition (polio epidemic)

1955 - Cornwall College

1956 - Cornwall College

1957 - Munro College

1958 - Cornwall College

1959 - Cornwall College

1960 - Abandoned (attack on referee)

1961 - Munro College

1962 - Munro College

1963 - Cornwall College

1964 - Munro College

1965 - Vere Technical

1966 - No competition

1967 - Vere Technical

1968 - Vere Technical

1969 - Vere Technical

1970 - Vere Technical

1971 - Vere Technical

1972 - Abandoned (shooting in MoBay)

1973 - No competition

1974 - STETHS

1975 - Vere Technical

1976 - Vere Technical

1977 - Clarendon College

1978 - Clarendon College

1979 - Dinthill Technical

1980 - Vere Technical

1981 - Dinthill Technical

1982 - Cornwall College

1983 - Cornwall College

1984 - Rusea's High

1985 - Rusea's High

1986 - Herbert Morrison Technical

1987 - Rusea's High

1988 - Herbert Morrison

1989 - Rusea's High

1990 - Rusea's High

1991 - Clarendon College

1992 - Rusea's High

1993 - Rusea's High

1994 - Clarendon College

1995 - Cornwall College

1996 - Clarendon College

1997 - Abandoned (teachers' death threats)

1998 - Clarendon College

1999 - STETHS

2000 - Cornwall College

2001 - Cornwall College

2002 - Rusea's High

2003 - Frome Technical

2004 - Glenmuir High

2005 - Godfrey Stewart High

2006 - Glenmuir High

2007 - Garvey Maceo High

2008 - St James High

2009 - STETHS

2010 - Rusea's High

2011 - Rusea's High

2012 - Glenmuir High

2013 - STETHS