Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
STETHS striker Khesanio Hall brought his tally to 10 in this year's ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup schoolboy-football competition, when he struck in the ninth minute. However, Levarr Dunchie gave Munro College a share of the points with his 36th-minute strike to keep Zone E evenly balanced.
"I would say it was a very fitting result although we wanted the win away from home," said STETHS' coach Omar Wedderburn.
"Our mission was to get all three points, but we have to be satisfied with one. I have to say thanks to Khesanio for that one, I think it was a brilliant goal," he said.
Home-side Munro started shakily in front of a huge home crowd at Malvern as Hall and company flooded forward in search of the opening goal.
They were stunned when Hall, the competition's leading scorer, acrobatically volleyed his shot past Akheim Forbes in the Munro goal.
From there on it was practically all STETHS, as when Munro threatened they fizzled quickly.
But from the 31st minute there came a balance of power as the Andrew Edwards-coached Munro began moving the ball around and looking better. It was from one of these raids that they grabbed the equaliser, when a flighted ball inside the area bounced about before Dunchie got his toes to the ball, which rolled easily into the back of the net for a 1-1 scoreline.
"I think it's a fair result, but we are happy we did not lose the game. Had we been a little luckier in front of goal we would have won it. But we now have to defeat them on their ground in Santa Cruz in the return round," reasoned Edwards.
STETHS and Munro are now locked on 10 points, but the Santa Cruz-based STETHS have the edge with a vastly superior goal difference. Elsewhere in the zone, Newell stopped Balaclava 1-0 and Lacovia were held to a 0-0 draw by Maggotty.
The big Zone B clash between former champions Rusea's High and Frome ended 0-0, while Green Island sent Cambridge crashing to a 5-1 defeat.
Maldon lost 4-2 to Green Pond in Zone A, while Cornwall College defeated Anchovy 2-0.
In Zone C, William Knibb were held to a nil-all draw by Spot Valley, Herbert Morrison stopped Holland 1-0. The Manning's School finally found the winning touch with a 7-0 routing of Knockalva Technical in Zone D, where zone leaders Grange Hill continue to fly high with a 2-0 beating of Black River.
Over in Zone F, Manchester defeated DeCarteret 5-0 to maintain their lead, Mile Gully got by B.B. Coke 1-0, while in Zone G, Christiana and Spalding High shared points in a 2-2 draw, and Knox stopped Alston 2-1.
Clarendon College won their fourth consecutive game to be on 12 points in Zone H, with a 2-0 win over Lennon.
Maldon 0 Green Pond 2
Cornwall 2 Anchovy 0
William Knibb 0 Spot Valley 0
Herbert Morrison 1 Holland 0
Knockalva 0 Manning's 7
Black River 0 Grange Hill 2
Manchester 5 Decarteret 0
Mile Gully 1 B.B. Coke 0
Christiana 2 Spalding 2
Knox 2 Alston 1
Lennon 0 Clarendon College 2