Impressive Cornwall blank Cedric Titus
Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical numbered among the list of victors in yesterday's matches in the second round of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup, edging a spirited Holmwood Technical 1-0 at Manchester High School, while Cornwall College impressed with victory over Cedric Titus.
The three points gave them joint lead of Zone Three, on points, as Lennon High stamped their class all over Mile Gully in a 4-0 win.
There were fine victories for Rusea's, Cornwall College, Dinthill, Clarendon College and Petersfield, as the seeded teams begun their quest for a place in the last 16, from which the winners of each zone will contest the FLOW Super Cup against Manning Cup opposition.
In the first game of the Jarrett Park double-header, St James High were lucky to escape with a 0-0 draw against Spot Valley in their Zone Two opening match. The draw gave them a share of the points with former winners Rusea's, courtesy of their 1-0 win over Godfrey Stewart at Frome.
Rusea's lead the zone standings with three points. Spot Valley and St James are next with a point each. Godfrey Stewart, the 2005 champions, are languishing at the foot of the standings.
However, it was all about Cornwall College in the day's second fixture at Jarrett Park. Striker Peter-Lee Vassell fired a brace to carry the Dr Dean Weatherley-coached team to a resounding 3-0 win over Cedric Titus.
The Cedric Titus team never looked like taking the game to Cornwall and suffered, as the ploy to soak up pressure backfired and Vassell in particular was severe in his execution.
Playing in his first game of the season, Vassell netted the opener in the seventh minute and got his second goal of the match in the 77th minute. His strike partner, Jourdaine Fletcher, found the target in the 47th minute.
HAPPY WITH OUTCOME
Weatherley said he was happy with the outcome of the game, adding that his players were now settled into the belief that they can be special this season.
"It was a very hard fought match. This is the difference from the preliminary round; it's where teams start to shine and today I think we did that," Weatherley said.
"We have some brilliant players, but Peter-Lee is a special talent and his two goals today opened his appetite I think, so now we look forward to our next game Saturday against Petersfield."
Elsewhere, Dinthill rallied from a goal and a man down to edge Port Antonio 1-0 in Zone Six.
Holmwood 0 STETHS 1
Lennon 4 Mile Gully 0
Clarendon 4 Manchester 1
St James 0 Spot Valley 0
Dinthill 2 Port Antonio 1
Godfrey Stewart 0 Rusea's 1
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