Undefeated Cornwall College a point away from D'Cup semis
Champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and the red-hot Cornwall College lead the charge for a place in the semi-finals of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition this afternoon, each needing just a point to cement their spots.
In addition, the four to advance will also compete for the Ben Francis Knockout trophy, with STETHS seeking a seventh straight lien on a title they have won six years in a row going back to 2010.
They may still, however, be smarting from last Saturday's sudden death penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer's in the FLOW Super Cup, and no better way to get them back in prime form than having their number-one target on the line.
STETHS will take on Petersfield in Santa Cruz, and all season head coach Omar Wedderburn has been trumpeting his school's love affair with the daCosta Cup. Therefore, a strong performance is on the cards, which means the third-place team in Zone R, Petersfield High (3pts), could be in for it this afternoon.
Vere Tech (3pts) and Fair Prospect (0 points) will compete in the zone's other fixture at the Wembley Community Centre.
"We want to win all the trophies on offer but we have a special place in our hearts for the daCosta Cup. That is the big one and we intend to defend it with everything we have," Wedderburn said.
Things could get rather interesting if STETHS fail to defeat Petetsfield and Vere manage a win over Fair Prospect, which would mean that goal difference would be employed to select the zone winner.
There should be no such issues for the high-flying Cornwall College. They will tackle Manchester in a top-of-the-table clash in the first of two matches at Jarrett Park at 1 p.m. Rusea's and Lennon will meet in the second match at that venue starting at 3 p.m.
Cornwall are still on a high, after beating Clarendon College in the FLOW Super Cup semis, with their leading goal-getter Jourdaine Fletcher on fire approaching 30 goals in all competitions so far this season.
They remain undefeated in the season, with head coach Dr Dean Weatherly hailing his charges as mature and confident ahead of the clash.
"We are beginning to come into our own. The players are maturing in front of our eyes. I think we can go really far," he said.
Manchester, however, could spring a surprise, but the odds are that Cornwall will book their ticket to the semi-finals at the end of the day.
Cornwall College vs Manchester at Jarrett Park 1 p.m.
Rusea's vs Lennon at Jarrett Park 3 p.m.
STETHS vs Petersfield at STETHS 3 p.m.
Clarendon College vs Spot Valley at Juici Beef Complex 3 p.m.
Ocho Rios vs Glenmuir at Drax Hall 3 p.m.
Dinthill vs Paul Bogle at Dinthill 3 p.m.
Little London vs Steer Town at Frome Sports Complex 3 p.m.
Vere Tech vs Fair Prospect at Wembley Community Center 3 p.m.