Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The lean mean machine that is Green Pond High waltzed into the Inter-Zone round of the daCosta Cup for the first time in their history with a compelling 3-1 victory over former champions Cornwall College yesterday at Jarrett Park in their Zone A clash.
St James High also won a 3-2 win over Maldon to set up a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash in Saturday's final match of the round. Both schools have 18 points, while Cornwall remain on 15 following the loss.
"We planned the strategy for this game and we are now in the Inter-Zone for the first time in the school's history and I am proud of the players and the staff," said coach Gregory Daley.
Their intentions were known from early when Kashief Brown struck in the very first minute of the match, stunning the Cornwall College team. The Green Pond team looked ominous with every attacking surge, while looking steady in defence, as Cornwall looked for the equaliser, opting to strike from a distance.
André Whyte, the Cornwall keeper was called into action again and pulled off a spectacular diving save in the 37th minute to stop a torrid strike from a distance.
Brown then pounced again for his second goal in the 38th minute, this time capitalising on a poor back pass that Whyte failed to react to in time, and he slotted the ball into the back of the empty net.
But Cornwall responded with a goal of their own, when striker Alrick Ottey netted to cut the deficit in half for the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team.
But the persistent Green Pond team rallied once more and put the game on ice, when midfielder Peter Campbell slid a ball under Whyte as he tried to collect, to make the score 3-1, which they held until the final whistle.