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Game time

Cornwall, Green Pond clash in d'Cup opener

BY PAUL REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, September 07, 2017



CATHERINE HALL, St James — Cornwall College will start the defence of their ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup schoolboy football title on Saturday when they take on Green Pond High in a Zone A game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, starting at 6:15 pm — the second game of a double header.

Manning Cup champions Jamaica College will open their title defence in the first game, against St Andrew Technical, set to start at 4:00 pm.

Ninety schools are down to contest the nation's largest football competition with 30 games scheduled to be played on today's opening day of competition.

Two new schools, Troy High from Trelawny and Carron Hall from St Mary, will be making their debuts.

Cornwall College are coming off the best season ever by a daCosta Cup team, winning all 18 games played, on their way to extending their record number of titles to 12, breaking the record of games won in a season — 16, held previously by Rusea's High.

The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall College are on a 24-game unbeaten run in Zone A, dating back to the 2013 season. Green Pond High were the last team to beat them in the first round, a 3-1 margin at Jarrett Park in a return round game, as they avenged a first round loss on their way to topping the zone in their best ever season in the competition.

Cornwall College will be seeking to win their third straight game on the opening at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, after beating Anchovy High 4-0 last year, and Irwin High 8-1 the previous season, and have never lost an opening game played at the venue.

They will, however, be playing for the first time in four years without the enigmatic pair of goal scorer Jourdaine Fletcher and playmaker Peter-Lee Vassell, both of whom have since left school.

Aiden Jokombo and Garnett Hudson, who both scored some crucial goals in Cornwall's run to the title last year, as well as Shavon McDonald and newcomer Trevaughn Walker will now be expected to take up the slack.

Green Pond are expected to field a young team. They retained the St James Football Association's Under-17 title two weeks ago, but have been outscored 17-2 by Cornwall College in their last six meetings, with the champions winning five and drawing the other.

Green Pond have been playing together as a team in various parish competitions since January, however, and could pose a formidable challenge, as they seek to mount a challenge for a second round place of their own.

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