Friday 6 December, 2019

Clarendon College, Dinthill Technical hunt daCosta Cup title today

Clarendon College's top marksman Rodrick Granville (left) and Jahein Rose (right). They were in action against Kingston College in the all-island Champions Cup final on Saturday, November 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Clarendon College lost 1-0 and will be looking to bounce back against Dinthill Technical in the daCosta Cup final on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Clarendon College's top marksman Rodrick Granville (left) and Jahein Rose (right). They were in action against Kingston College in the all-island Champions Cup final on Saturday, November 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Clarendon College lost 1-0 and will be looking to bounce back against Dinthill Technical in the daCosta Cup final on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

The quest for top honours in the 2019 ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup, which is the symbol of rural schoolboy football supremacy, will enter its final stretch on Saturday when the competition's two top teams this season - defending champions Clarendon College and Dinthill Technical - square off in the championship match.

The game will take place at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, starting at 5:00 pm.

Clarendon College, coached by Lenworth Hyde, were outplayed and beaten by Kingston College (KC) in the all-island Champions Cup knockout final last Saturday, but will start as a big favourite to secure their ninth daCosta Cup title.

A ninth title will make Clarendon College the first time since 2011 to defend the daCosta Cup. Rusea’s High won the title in 2010 and successfully defended it the following season.

The defeat against KC represents the only one for Clarendon College across the daCosta Cup and Champions Cup competitions so far this season. However, in the daCosta Cup competition Clarendon College have not tasted defeat in two seasons. They ended the 2018 season with a perfect record from 15 matches. On Saturday, Clarendon College will enter the final with a record of 11 victories from 12 games, their only blemish a 1-1 draw against Lennon High on September 7, the opening day of the season. Interestingly, Lennon High were eliminated from the competition in the second round.

Dinthill Technical High School out of Linstead, St Catherine have won the daCosta Cup twice with their last success coming in 1981, that's 38 years ago and coach Xavier Gilbert will be hoping to end that long drought. They have lost two daCosta Cup matches this season, both coming in the first round. Since then the team has picked up momentum and will fancy its chances against the very tough Clarendon College unit.

Offensively, Dinthill Technical are well behind Clarendon College, which have doubled the amount of goals the St Catherine-based team has scored. From 12 games, Clarendon College have scored 44 goals and conceded five, while  Dinthill Technical netted 21 times and conceded six.

Both teams secured good victories at the semi-final stage, which should set the stage for an interesting finale.

Dinthill Technical turned in a good performance to defeat last season's beaten finalists Cornwall College 2-1, while Clarendon College defeated first-time semi-finalists McGrath High 3-0.

The Ben Francis knockout champion will also be decided on the day as Garvey Maceo High and BB Coke will face off in the final at 2:30 pm

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