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St James win ties up Group P in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke

WESTERN BUREAU:

Malique Campbell fired in an 86th-minute goal to give St James High a 1-0 win over Lacovia High in their daCosta Cup Group P quarter-final match yesterday at Jarrett Park.

It is proving difficult to sort out the group, as Manchester High matched St James by logging a 3-1 victory over Paul Bogle High, as all four teams now have four points from two matches.

The game was never shaping up to be a thriller from the get-go, but St James should have won more comfortably, having dominated the contest. They were rather unlucky not to break the deadlock in the 15th minute and then had to ride some luck of their own.

On 29 minutes, Lacovia forward Oshane Staple smashed a right-footed effort towards goal, but found Aian Miller in goal for St James in terrific form, as he twisted in mid-air to tip the ball onto the crossbar.

That was the closest Lacovia came to scoring. Thereafter, it was practically all St James. The only thing lacking was a goal.

However, they did get the breakthrough, and it came at an opportune time, just before the 90 minutes expired, when Campbell scored from the top of the 18-yard box.

Meanwhile, defending champions Clarendon College returned to winning ways with a resounding and crucial 2-0 beating of Glenmuir High at Juici Field.

It was a good win, but still sees them behind the eight ball in a very competitive group, which is led by Rusea's High, on goal difference, over Dinthill Technical, after both schools played to an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Much-needed win

The results mean that Clarendon College will need to win their final group match on November 11 against Rusea's High and hope that Glenmuir can hold Dinthill to a draw, if they are to prolong the defence of their title.

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) again proved how devastating they can be, by whipping Vere Technical 6-3 in Santa Cruz.

Their red-hot striker, Michael 'Diddy' Kerr, took toll with a superb hat-trick, while midfield genius Shawn Genus was also on target for STETHS, who now lead Group R on maximum six points from two matches. Kerr now has 25 goals for the season.

The next set of matches on November 11 will determine the teams to advance to the semi-final round.

Yesterday's Results

Dinthill 3 Rusea's 3

Seaforth 0 Lennon 2

STETHS 6 Vere 3

Mannings 2 Marcus Garvey 0

St James 1 Lacovia 0

Glenmuir 0 Clarendon Coll 2

Manchester 3 Paul Bogle 1