Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
It wasn't the one-sided affair many thought it would be. Nevertheless, it was an efficient performance from defending daCosta Cup champions Glenmuir High, who defeated Zone M rival Denbigh High School 2-0 in Saturday's first match of the ISSA/LIME schoolboy football season at Catherine Hall Stadium to delight new head coach, Warren Simpson.
"I believe we equipped ourselves really well today," said Simpson after the match. "I think we owned the game from inside the first half as I thought our opponents panicked as we began to dominate."
Striker Ricardo Dennis was the man on fire for the Clarendon-based Glenmuir, scoring in the fifth minute of play. His sublime finish was worthy of an even better celebration.
Denbigh, seeking their first win over their parish rivals in 10 years, had little to show for their efforts although displaying flashes of individual artistry on a few occasions. While their build-ups from defence to the midfield area were also good, they lacked the decisive pass in the final third.
However, Denbigh went close to finding the equaliser in the 26th minute, but again, the final pass was too heavy, leaving the attacker in a foot race for the ball.
The champions were not to be denied their win, and midfielder Romaine Fagan sealed the deal when he fired past the Denbigh keeper in the 34th minute to give his team the unassailable lead, which they held until the final whistle.
In the evening's second match, 11-time champions Cornwall College produced a late burst to defeat Maldon High 2-0 in Zone A action, with Akeem McCarthy scoring twice, in the 52nd and 90th minutes.
"It was a game that I think the boys played very well," said Cornwall College's head coach, Dr Dean Weatherly.
"The players committed themselves very well and we are looking to build on this win to put up an even more impressive performance in our next game," reasoned Weatherly.
The competition continues tomorrow with five games. In Zone I, three games are scheduled: Ocho Rios High bow into action against Steer Town, York Castle take on Marcus Garvey High, and Cedric Titus battle Brown's Town.
Meanwhile, in Zone N, Foga Road take on Central High and Old Harbour tackle Kemps Hill in what is expected to be a highly charged affair.
Ocho Rios vs Steer Town
York Castle vs Marcus Garvey
Cedric Titus vs Brown's Town
Foga Road vs Central
Old Harbour vs Kemps Hill
(Home teams named first)