Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
It seems nothing can separate Munro College and St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) these days in Zone E of the 2013 ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup. Yesterday, like their first meeting this season, ended all-square at 1-1 yesterday in Santa Cruz.
Munro went ahead when Levar Dunchie beat the STETHS goalie in the 49th minute. But just when the game looked destined to end in a Munro victory, STETHS responded.
An infringement inside the Munro area in the 79th was spotted by the referee and up stepped Khesanio Hall to slot the penalty into the back of the net to even up the game and leave the teams locked with 19 points and two games remaining in the round.
"We played well enough to have won the game but unfortunately it was never to be," reasoned Andrew Edwards, the Munro coach.
It was very much a continuation of their last meeting in Malvern when both teams battled to a similar draw. Yesterday it was clear that Munro were more eager to score and they came close in the 32nd minute when they forced STETHS into a hurried goal-line clearance after Dunchie created space on the flank.
A few minutes later, Rushane Scarlett skipped around a defender but fired just wide of the upright. It was the last bit of goalmouth action in the first half as the players went into the break at 0-0.
It was much of the same early in the second half and it came as no real surprise when Dunchie scored the opening goal.
"This draw is like a victory for us. We had six starters out with injuries and I honestly had enough faith that we could get a point and it's what we did," said STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn.
Paul Bogle took care of Seaforth 2-1 to advance to the Inter-Zone round on 19 points, four clear of St. Thomas Technical, who won 1-0 at home to Morant Bay High.
Zone B was thrown wide open as Frome Technical who entered the game as leaders were beaten 2-1 by former champions Rusea's to be on 13 points and trail Green Island High by a point. The Dwayne Watson-coached Green Island ran away 4-0 winners over Cambridge but the Russians have a game in hand and can clinch the zone title.
Grange Hill also had a win; defeating Black River 2-0 to 15 points but are not yet assured of Inter-Zone qualification.