Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The three-way tie in Zone A of the daCosta Cup could finally be broken this afternoon when Cornwall College host Green Pond and leaders on goal difference, St James High, meet Maldon.
Already, 13 schools, including defending champions Glenmuir High, have punched their ticket for the Inter-Zone round and several others will be looking to join them after this afternoon's scheduled games.
The Gregory Palmer-coached St James High are among them. Well-rested since their 7-0 demolition of Anchovy a week ago, they are on 15 points and could spring free of rivals Cornwall and Green Pond, both also having 15 points. At least one or both will drop points in the clash, depending on the outcome, while St James should easily win against one of the zone's weaker team.
possible big lead
Should they achieve victory and with a favourable result in the other game, they will be the sole leader on 18 points and cement a spot in the Inter-Zone round of the competition.
"We want to maintain our objective, and that is to win all matches and to qualify top of the zone and for the Ben Francis KO, which is as important to us as lifting the daCosta Cup," said Palmer.
"Realistically, I tell my players to remain focused and try to win all games at our disposal and, so far, we have been doing well. We don't want to slack off now. So we are going into this afternoon's game with a winning mentality," he added.
On Monday, Christiana edged Holmwood 1-0 to take their points tally to 16 in Zone G, five more than their vanquished foes; while in Zone M, Garvey Maceo tagged Bustamante High 2-0 to move to 11 points, one in front of defending champions Glenmuir. The two are safe bets for the next round.
Zone B is equally interesting, with former champions Rusea's (12 points), trailing leaders Green Island by two, and second-place Frome Technical (13 points) by a single point. A win for either or both will make things even livelier, with Green Island set to meet Irwin on Saturday.