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Goal-scoring record not on my mind – Cohen

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2023 | 12:09 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Denbigh High School striker Dunsting Cohen.
Denbigh High School striker Dunsting Cohen.

DENBIGH HIGH School talisman Dunsting Cohen, despite not scoring in his last game and missing his team’s loss to Glenmuir on Tuesday, has still started this season’s ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup in fantastic fashion.

The striker is leading the goal-scoring charts with 11 goals.

The proficient striker hit nine goals past Porus High in Denbigh’s opening fixture and then followed that up with two goals against last year’s finalists Central High, a feat that sent tongues wagging about the possibility the goal-scoring record in the daCosta Cup, currently held by Brian Brown of Rusea’s, who scored 38 goals in 2011, could be broken.

While the plethora of goals has cast a lot of eyes on the young striker, he and his team are taking things one game at a time.

“There is no pressure on me to break the goal-scoring record because right now our team is in a rebuilding phase and we are just trying to get things right again,” said Cohen.

That being said, the national youth player is still hoping his exploits can bear fruit both personally and from a team perspective.

“It is my short-term goal from before the season started that I wanted to be the leading goalscorer in the competition and I will try my best to achieve that.”

Cohen is already being compared to a number of strikers who scored proficiently in the past, with names the likes of Brown, Khesanio Hall and Deshawn Brown of St Elizabeth Technical High School, Cordel Learmond of Glenmuir, Jourdaine Fletcher of Cornwall College and Ashton Bennett of Garvey Maceo, who all scored well over 20 goals in a season, being bandied about.

With Cohen also getting senior experience at the Jamaica Premier League level with Vere United last season, the talisman already has some numbers he would like to achieve at the end of the season.

“I want to score between 25 to 30 goals and, to be honest, the record is not on my mind right now. I just want to score as many goals as I can.”

Yesterday’s Results

Irwin 2-0 Maldon

St James 0-2 Cornwall

Merlene Ottey 0-7 Frome

Rusea’s 4-0 Cambridge

STETHS 2-0 Sydney Pagon

William Knibb 8-0 Discovery Bay