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Lacovia looking to put brakes on STETHS

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Nothing can be taken for granted, but when it comes to daCosta Cup schoolboy football in the breadbasket parish, only two schools are carrying the swag now - Munro College and current title holders St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).

Munro have lost twice in three matches so far in this campaign, beaten by B.B. Coke and a surprise 1-2 loss to Lacovia, who will meet the champions this afternoon in the top-of-the-table clash at STETHS in Santa Cruz.

The match is just one of 29 scheduled today.

Both schools have nine points from three matches and are comfortably the two most likely to advance from Group E.

competitive group

Asked if he was in any way surprised that Lacovia are doing so well, Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said he was not.

"I have been saying this, that all the teams in this group are strong. It is a competitive group, so that Lacovia is at the top with us is no real surprise," said Wedderburn.

"Lacovia retained most of their players from last year; plus, whenever they play Munro, it's always a derby for them, so I am not the least surprised," he added.

He said STETHS will enter the game confident in their own abilities to deliver a good performance, noting that the three points are all that matter.

Rohan Lindsay, the hat-trick hero in their 9-0 mauling of B.B. Coke on opening day, will be a major threat, along with his strike partner, Donjay Smith, who is coming off a hat-trick against Newell in that 5-1 victory on September 10.

"This is going to be a big match, so we are entering this really ready to play. Any team can win on the day, but we are ready. We are ready," Wedderburn told The Gleaner.

Elsewhere in the group, B.B. Coke will be looking to build on their morale-boosting 3-2 win over Munro and will start as slight favourites against Newell, while Munro's coach Edwards will want a much-improved performance from his players in their match against Maggotty, to revive their faint hopes of an inter-zone berth.

Over in Group A, the unbeaten Cornwall College are set to claim their third victory in a row when they host Irwin High at Jarrett Park, while at Anchovy, the home team battles Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore's impressive-looking St James High.

Former champions Rusea's High looked easy in defeating minnows Merlene Ottey in their first match as they top Group B, but will face stiffer opposition in a renewed rivalry with Green Island. Frome Technical, also on three points from their first game, take on Merlene Ottey at Frome Sports Complex.

Yesterday's results

Group I

Marcus Garvey 2 Steer Town 1

Group K

Dinthill 6 McGrath 0

Today's matches

Cornwall vs Irwin

Anchovy vs St James High

Frome vs Merlene Ottey

Rusea's vs Green Island

Herbert Morrison vs Spot Valley

William Knibb vs Muschett

Grange Hill vs Manning's

Petersfield vs Black River

STETHS vs Lacovia

Newell vs B.B. Coke

Munro vs Maggotty

Belair vs Manchester

Mile Gully vs DeCarteret

Christiana vs Spalding

Holmwood vs Knox

Clarendon College vs Claude McKay

Thompson Town vs Lennon

Porus vs Glenmuir

Denbigh vs Bustamante

Paul Bogle vs Seaforth

Robert Lightbourne vs Morant Bay

(All matches begin at 3:30 p.m.)