Denbigh High School put on a five-star performance at home to rout Clarendon College 5-1 in the ISSA/Busta rural Under-16 football competition. The competition, which got under way last week, is now at full throttle.
Before Clarendon College could settle, they were forced to pick two balls from the back of the net courtesy of Michael Abel and Tyrone Rhule.
Clarendon were not overawed by the occasion and the big partisan crowd on hand and Ricki Charlton replied with a well-taken goal in the 29th minute to halve the deficit. However, that was all they would get.
Wasted chances by Dane Mullings and Rhule of Denbigh characterised most of the second half as the hosts pushed forward for more goals. They worked hard to create opportunites, but most of the balls were bypassing midfield and giving the opposing keeper little to do.
Then like a rattler Denbigh struck thrice after the hour mark. Mullings scored from a melee in the box in the 65th minute to get his fellow students on the sidelines jumping. Two minutes later, Cyprian Lewis drilled in a beauty from an acute angle to make it four and as if to prove that was not good enough, Ovaughn Miller rifled in an even better effort from the same point two minutes later to cap a resounding victory for Denbigh.
In selected games played earlier, defending urban Under-14 Jamaica College continue their quest for a repeat, winning three straight. Their last victory came against Edith Dalton-James, who they blanked 2-0. They had beaten Charlie Smith by the same score.
Camperdown made it two from two as well, with a 3-0 win over Jonathan Grant, after beating Penwood 5-0 earlier.
In the rural Under-14, Cornwall beat William Knibb 2-1, St James overcame Irwin High 4-2 and Spot Valley drew with Green Pond 3-3.
Cornwall College and St James' Under-16s also recorded wins against the same schools in the Under-14 category.
In the Under-16 section, defending urban champions Excelsior, who are now up to their full quota of players after starting their first game with only nine men, chalked up win number two, tagging Ardenne 3-1.
The competitions continue this week with play in all zones across the island.