Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
St James emerged 1-0 victors over Cornwall College in their Zone A clash in the 2013 ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football competition at the Montego Bay Stadium on Saturday.
A late-headed winner from Jeloni Nicholson was the difference between the city rivals, although Cornwall had the better of the action, including a number of chances to put their feisty opposition away from inside the first 45 minutes of play.
The Gregory Palmer-coached St James were kept on the defensive for most of the game, with their defence working overtime to keep the free-flowing Cornwall midfield in check.
"We missed several chances especially in the first half and it has come back to haunt us," said Cornwall College Assistant Coach Lawrence Sailsman after the game.
"The players failed to capitalise on the chances and that caused us the game," he added.
The win, however, kept St James in front of their rivals with their second consecutive victory, while Cornwall slumped to one win in three matches to be on three points.
It was a third straight win against Cornwall for St James and coach Palmer was delighted have secured the three points.
"We have been working on set plays all week and it really paid off handsomely for us today," he said.
"We have another three points and that is the important thing for this team and I am so proud of the way they played to get the win."
Meanwhile, Manning's suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to 2005 champions Godfrey Stewart in Zone D action, while former champions Rusea's High laboured to a nil-all draw with Green Island in Zone B, where Frome Technical handed Irwin a 5-1 mauling.