Smith powers STETHS to another big win
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School's (STETHS) new danger man, Donjay Smith, netted his school's second hat-trick in as many matches as the defending ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup champions crushed Newell 5-1 after their season-opening 9-0 mauling of B.B. Coke on Saturday.
Smith, who has taken up the main goalscoring responsibility from Khesanio Hall, is playing true to his pre-season form, where he proved he was to have a great season leading the STETHS attack.
The Santa Cruz-based school sits pretty atop the standings in Group E with maximum six points from two matches, the same as Lacovia High, which surprised Munro 3-2 to log their second victory of the season. In the other group match, B.B. Coke shared points with Maggotty in a 1-1 draw.
"We played to a specific plan today and it worked for us," said STETHS's coach, Omar Wedderburn. "Our decision making and ball possession was really the hallmark our game and the players intelligently did their work," he said.
"It is another good win and we hope to keep scoring goals in bulk and we look forward to Saturday when we meet Maggotty. That is another good game in which we can again be successful," said Wedderburn.
Meanwhile, St James High moved to the top of Group A, by defeating Irwin High 4-0. The Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore-coached school moved to four points, following their 1-1 draw on Saturday against Green Pond High, which lost 2-0 to Cornwall College in the day's other match in the zone.
work in progress
Cornwall College, which last won the daCosta Cup title in 2001, are looking very much like a work in progress.
They took the lead in the 12th minute when Alrick Ottey, brother of Montego Bay United and former St James High top striker, Allan Ottey, smacked home to rapturous celebration from the always expectant Cornwall supporters.
They would have more to celebrate when in the 24th minute, wide midfielder Akeem McCarthy scored for a deserved 2-0 lead, which they held till the full time whistle.
The Manning's School were held 2-2 draw at home by Black River, while Godfrey Stewart and Petersfield High played to a goalless draw in Group D action. In Group F, Manchester were clinical, dispatching DeCarteret College 4-0, while Mile Gully beat Cross Keys 1-0 for their second win in as many matches.
Holmwood Technical had success in their first match this season, edging Alston High 1-0 in Group G, while Spalding and Knox College ended in a scoreless stalemate.
Cedric Titus recorded a 1-0 victory over Steer Town High to lead the teams in Group I on six points from two matches. Ocho Rios High tagged Brown's Town 1-0 in the other match to hold down second spot in the group.
There was also a good win for Port Antonio, who stopped Happy Grove 3-0, while Fair Prospect defeated Titchfield 1-0.