Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Five matches are scheduled for today in the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME daCosta Cup Football Competition, with the Zone I rivals Cedric Titus High versus Brown's Town game shaping up to be the feature.
Also bowing into action are Ocho Rios versus Steer Town, while York Castle battle Marcus Garvey to round out the action in that zone.
Meanwhile, over in Zone M, Old Harbour High School will be hunting three points against Kemps Hill High. Foga Road High and Central High clash in the zone's other scheduled match.
Wade Crawford, who has been the head coach at Cedric Titus for the past decade and who guided the school to back-to-back quarter-final spots in the last two editions of the daCosta Cup, believes he has a chance of once again making a run deep into the competition, starting with their opening match against Brown's Town.
"We have half the squad of players we had last year, but that only means that we are hungrier for success and it starts with us winning our home matches," said Crawford, whose side will want to claim all three points against neighbouring Brown's Town.
"The quarter-final last year proved that we have quality.We want that quality to shine from our first match, where a win is always important," he said.
His counterpart at Brown's Town, Vannie Clarke believes however, that his players can eke out a draw, which he said would be a fair result based on his team's lack of experience. Brown's Town's average age in this year's daCosta Cup is at 15 years, he told The Gleaner.
"We have a very young team, so this game is more about exposure than results but with that said, we have players who are capable of creating trouble for their defence and I am hoping it happens, as a point away will be good for us," reasoned Clarke.
For this to happen, he said the performance from 14 year-old midfield prodigy Richardo Nelson will be of keen interest, along with skipper Sojay Green. The duo, according to Clarke, is the driving force behind his team's expected success this year.
"Richardo is a real talent, an exceptional player at his age, and much is expected of him. Once he settles early in the competition we should be able to make some noise," said Clarke said.
Ocho Rios High vs Steer Town High
York Castle High vs Marcus Garvey High
Cedric Titus vs Brown's Town High
Foga Road High vs Central High
Old Harbour High vs Kemps Hill
Home teams named first; all matches start at 3:30 P.M.