Confident Lacovia aim to knock over Glenmuir
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: SURPRISE package Lacovia High and former champions Glenmuir High are lined up for a blockbuster at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) as the semi-finalists could be decided today in the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football competition, with second-round matches in all four zones.
Both Lacovia and Glenmuir were winners in last week's quarter-final first-round matches and are practically one victory away from the last four.
Lacovia's stunning run in the competition continued when they defeated Old Harbour 3-1; while Glenmuir cruised past the previously unbeaten Cornwall College 2-0 to lead Zone P.
The core of the St Elizabeth institution's young squad already has a tremendous amount of experience, playing together in the Under-14 and Under-16 set-up. This, according to their coach, Errol White, makes them special.
"We are not doing badly. I believe that this is a special bunch of players with considerable amount of on-the-field experience, and against a team such as Glenmuir, we need to bring such knowledge to the fore," White said.
"I am confident that we will get a positive result against Glenmuir, and the feeling I get from the players coming out of training this morning (yesterday) is that they are ready to take the match to them," he added.
Lacovia made the semi-finals of the daCosta and Ben Francis Cup competitions in 2008 and White says they have a great chance to qualify for their first-ever final.
"The final is where we want to reach, but we first need to get the better of Glenmuir and then whoever we meet in the next round. That is our business focus. Three points against Glenmuir is our first order of business," White said.
Old Harbour and Cornwall will contest the other match in the group. That game should hold some interest as they still have an outside chance of advancing if results work in their favour.
Meanwhile, defending champions STETHS' seeming invincibility could be tested depending on which St James High team turns up for that clash in the second game at their Santa Cruz ground, starting at 3 p.m.
STETHS thrashed Cedric Titus 5-1 last week and will no doubt be in the mood for another big win.
St James' coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore will be hoping his players assess the situation with the aim of knocking off the defending champions, but that is easier said than done against opponents who are peaking at the right time, according to their captain, Rohan Lindsay.
In Zone Q, Godfrey Stewart High meet Dinthill and both have three points each. A win for either could see that school advancing to the semis with one match to spare, while the Manchester versus Kemps Hill game has been rescheduled for tomorrow at the Juici Field at 3 p.m.
Petersfield have promised much but need a win over Cedric Titus to remain in the running. Should they and STETHS win, it would leave both schools on six points, an additional game to decide which school moves on from the zone.
Clarendon College (three points) will tackle Garvey Maceo in a tricky assignment, while Frome, also on three points from last week's round of matches, will do battle against Marcus Garvey High.
1 p.m. Lacovia vs Glenmuir at STETHS
3 p.m. STETHS vs St James at STETHS
3 p.m. Cornwall vs Old Harbour at Jarrett Park
3 p.m. Dinthill vs Godfrey Stewart at Dinthill
3 p.m. Petersfield vs Cedric Titus at Frome
3 p.m. Garvey Maceo vs Clarendon College at Jamalco
3 p.m. Marcus Garvey vs Frome at Drax Hall