Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau:A number of schools will this afternoon have the chance of cementing their spot in the Inter-Zone round of the 2013 ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup Schoolboy Football competition across several zones.
The Richard Williams-coached Paul Bogle High School is among them. Currently on 16 points and leaders in Zone O, they could advance with a win over fourth-place Seaforth High (7 points).
With just a single defeat against their name in seven outings, they could make it seven wins from eight matches with another victory.
St Thomas Technical could also clinch a spot if they beat Morant Bay. But that will not be an easy ask, as in their first meeting on September 21, it was Morant Bay that took all three points by outscoring Rayan Patterson's team 5-3 in a thrilling affair.
Zone I is much tighter. Cedric Titus are seeking to join Marcus Garvey (18 points) in the next round when they host Ocho Rios High in Clark's Town. A win would give them 18 points also to keep them well clear of the rest. Their only loss came against Marcus Garvey two weeks ago.
Also eyeing the Inter-Zone round and a place in the Ben Francis KO Cup is St Mary Technical (17 points) and a win over Oracabessa, a team they already defeated 3-1, will do the trick, if their closest challengers Brimmervale High lose to Islington in the other Zone J game.
Former champs clash
Meanwhile, two former champions clash. Zone B leaders Frome Technical (13 points) always gets rapt attention from Rusea's High (9 points) and the two will battle it out at the Frome Sports Complex as they inch closer to the fringes of the next round.
Third-place Green Island High (11 points) stunned Frome 1-0 on Wednesday and should get the better of fourth-place team Cambridge High.
Zone E will feature one of the biggest rivalries in daCosta Cup history when STETHS welcome Munro College to their Santa Cruz base. The first fixture was a pulsating 1-1 affair and STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn thinks at home, they are unstoppable.
"You know we always play hard whenever Munro is the opponent, so you can expect another tough match. But we are confident of a win, so let's see," he told The Gleaner.
"They are a good side with talented players, but STETHS know what they can do. In spite of the fact that we are already in the next round, we want to dominate and win," he added.