St James, Green Pond aiming for positive start
A youthful St James High will bow into action this afternoon when they take on Maldon in one of two 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Zone A football matches scheduled.
Elsewhere, Irwin High will be looking to keep Green Pond at bay when the two meet in the other fixture. Both matches are set for a 3:30 p.m. start.
It is expected that the Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore-coached St James High will leave Maldon with the maximum available points. Their pedigree speaks for itself, but with what is said to be their most inexperienced squad in several years, Maldon stand a chance to spring a surprise.
Whitmore has shown that he knows how to get the best out of his players over the years, however, and is expected to have his team in top form for their opening salvo in this year's competition.
Green Pond, for their part, are threatening to upset the two more fancied teams (Cornwall College and St James High).
They had a great preseason and even defeated Munro College in a warm-up match and are, according to sources, slowly building on each year's achievement.
A win against Irwin is not a foregone conclusion, but one that is expected of the Gregory Daley-coached team, ready to claim a place in topping Zone A and thus signalling they ought to be taken seriously.
Meanwhile, on Saturday's opening day of competition, Cornwall College, the 11-time winners and one of the preseason favourites to advance from the zone, got off to a winning start, slamming Anchovy High 4-0.
In a less-than-spectacular display, Cornwall College never needed to move out of first gear against Anchovy, who were back in the competition after sitting out last year's edition.
Although it took the former champions some time to get going, the scoreline summed up the match, as they left the Montego Bay Sports Complex pleased with having taken all three points.
Emanuel Campbell and the hard-kicking Jordane Fletcher were among the goalscorers, as Anchovy offered little resistance.
Maldon High vs St James High
Irwin High vs Green Pond High
(Home teams named first, matches start at 3:30 p.m.)
STETHS 10, Black River 1
Cornwall College 4, Anchovy 0
Holmwood 1, Alston 0
Spalding High 1, Christiana 0
Knox College 1, Clarendon College 5
Port Antonio 2, Fair Prospect 1
Vere Tech 1, Bustamante 0
Kemps Hill 3, Tacius Golding 0
Old Harbour 2, Central High 1
Yallahs High 5, Seaforth 0
Paul Bogle 3, Morant Bay 1
Robert Lightbourne 2, St Thomas Tech 0