daCosta champs STETHS, Denham Town square off
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Reigning daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and Denham Town High meet in the Big Match at the National Stadium in round one of the LIME Super Cup all-island schoolboy knockout competition at the National Stadium. Kick off is 4 p.m.
The National Stadium triple-header begins with Hydel High facing Old Harbour High at 2 p.m. and glamour team, Walker Cup finalists St George's College, opposing Godfrey Stewart High at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile at Sabina Park, Holy Trinity High will battle Clarendon College at 3 p.m. before Charlie Smith High face Garvey Maceo High.
STETHS are among the best teams in the rural daCosta Cup and could prove a handful for Denham Town at the National Stadium.
The Omar Wedderburn-coached STETHS will enter today's encounter oozing with confidence, after finishing atop Zone Three of the inter-zone round of the competition.
STETHS have assembled a very powerful attacking line-up, which includes the likes of their leading scorer Donjay Smith, who has netted 13 goals this season.
He is expected to receive good support from his strike partner Jovonney Brown, who has scored 11 goals. Orlando Clarke and Dwayne Foster will anchor their midfield while Nicholas Gayle and Darnell Wilson will marshall their defence.
Denham Town, whose biggest achievement in schoolboy football to date is a quarter-final placing in last year's Manning Cup competition, barely missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the Walker Cup KO competition, after losing 2-1 to Hydel.
The west Kingston-based institution, secured their place in the LIME Super Cup after finishing atop the standings in Group C with 21 points. They have netted 19 goals while conceding 12.
The skilful Junior McGregor, who has scored six goals this season, will lead Denham Town's attack along with Tarrique Campbell (three). Dennis Adair and Ramone Forbes will anchor their defence while playmaker Kadeem Williams is expected to start in their midfield.
Sixteen spots were earmarked for the top schools in the inaugural LIME Super Cup - the top eight after the completion of the Corporate Area Manning Cup preliminary stage, which comprises the seven zone winners and best overall second-place finisher; in addition to the eight zone winners of the rural daCosta Cup inter-zone round. The contestants are battling for total prize money of $2.2 million and the trophy. The 16 teams in the first round will be guaranteed $25,000 each, after which the eight quarter-finalists will receive $50,000 each.
Then, each of the four semi-finalists will get $100,000 and the two finalists stand to earn $200,000 each. The winners of the tournament will receive a replica of the LIME Super Cup and $625,000.
TODAY'S LIME CUP GAMES
2 p.m: Hydel vs Old Harbour
4 p.m: Denham Town vs STETHS
6 p.m: St George's vs Godfrey Stewart
Montego Bay Sports Complex
2 p.m: Camperdown vs Dinthill
4 p.m: St James vs Wolmer's
6 p.m: Cornwall vs JC
3 p.m: Holy Trinity vs Clarendon College
5 p.m: Charlie Smith vs Garvey Maceo