Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
It's as you were in Zone B of the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition after rivals Frome Technical High and defending champions Rusea's High played to an exciting 1-1 draw in Lucea yesterday.
It was Frome who held the lead into the second half before they were pegged back by the never-say-die defending champions, who remain in the lead ahead of their Westmoreland opponents.
There was also a lot of focus on the Zone E clash between St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Munro at the latter's home field. The home team exacted some level of revenge, stopping STETHS 2-1 in a pulsating affair.
Meanwhile, Black River High enjoyed a goal-fest by hammering lowly Balaclava High 6-1 in rainy conditions, with Kimani Johnson scoring a hat-trick.
Balaclava were let down by poor defending. Demar Dunkley gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute but after that it was all Black River.
Johnson pulled the winners even in the 25th minute. His shot flew hard and low past the Balaclava goalkeeper. His second was a beautifully executed goal. The attack started from the left side of defence through Rujay Howell. His nicely weighted pass found Romaine Moore, who then relayed to Johnson to complete the move for a 2-1 lead.
Balaclava never recovered and went further behind when Omario Myres made it 3-1, then the skies opened and so did the floodgates, as Johnson completed his hat-trick and two others followed for a pleasing 6-1 victory, which takes them to 14 points in the zone behind STETHS and Munro.
In other matches, Petersfield High went on a goalscoring frenzy, battering Little London 8-2 in Zone D action, where contenders Manning's had to settle for a point against Godfrey Stewart.
Former champions Cornwall College edged Green Pond 1-0 in the lone Zone A match on the day, while Claude McKay eased past Edwin Allen 2-1 in Zone H.