Lacovia looking to put brakes on STETHS
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.
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.
Marcus Garvey 2 Steer Town 1
Dinthill 6 McGrath 0
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.)