Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Cedric Titus were all poise in their 2012 season-opening ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup schoolboy football match, defeating Brown's Town 3-0 in Clark's Town yesterday.
First half goals from Jermaine Cato in the third minute and a 37th minute strike from the impressive Akeeme Skyers laid the foundation for the win and a share of the lead in Zone I. Jerrimar Scott scored the third goal in minute 73 for the Danian Parchment-coached team.
"I thought we played in patches, but it was a good way to start the campaign. It was difficult playing our style, as he field was wet and slippery, but the players did what was important today and that is to win," said Parchment.
Skyers created several chances for his team, especially in the first half, with his slick movement off the ball and accurate passing, but was substituted midway the second half.
They got their third goal when another marauding move down the left flank ended with Scott striking the ball beyond the reach of the Brown's Town goalkeeper.
Elsewhere, in Zone I, Marcus Garvey hammered York Castle 5-1 to take the lead of the zone on goal difference, while it ended 1-1 between Ocho Rios and Steer Town High at Drax Hall.
Over in Zone N, Old Harbour handed Kemps Hill a 4-0 drubbing, while in May Pen, Central High held on for a 0-0 draw with Foga Road.
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A total of 31 games are scheduled for today, including that involving last year's beaten semi-finalists, The Manning's School, who will host perennial Zone D 'beating stick' Little London High in Savanna-la-Mar.
The Aaron Lawrence-coached Manning's retained close to 80 per cent of their squad from last year.
"Although personally, I like what I see of the players, I think it's too early to wear the favourites tag. It is more important to set a tone where the players give their all while aiming for the big picture. So starting with a victory over Little London will be good for us," said Lawrence.
The other games in the zone feature Black River opposing the 2005 champions Godfrey Stewart High, and Grange Hill take on Knockalva Technical at home.
Another interesting matchup sees Paul Bogle battling Yallahs High in Zone O, which also have St Thomas Technical meeting Robert Lightbourne High and Seaforth taking on Morant Bay.