Wednesday 11 December, 2019

McGrath beat 11-time champions Rusea's in daCosta Cup second round

Jamaica College's goalkeeper Daniel Russell watches an aerial ball during the remaining eight minutes of the urban area Manning Cup match against Wolmer's at Stadium East on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Wolmer's were leading 2-1 on September 16 but the game was called off in the 82nd minute after five players were struck by lightning. The game ended 2-2.  (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jamaica College's goalkeeper Daniel Russell watches an aerial ball during the remaining eight minutes of the urban area Manning Cup match against Wolmer's at Stadium East on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Wolmer's were leading 2-1 on September 16 but the game was called off in the 82nd minute after five players were struck by lightning. The game ended 2-2. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

McGrath High and Happy Grove High recorded first-leg upset victories on day one of second-round action in the 2019 ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition on Wednesday.

The St Catherine-based school, making a rare trip to the second round, stunned 11-time champions Rusea's High of Lucea 1-0, courtesy of a 26-second goal, at the Collin Miller Sports Complex.

Rusea's High, which won the last of their 11 titles in 2017, will try to avoid a second-round exit for the second straight year when they visit St Catherine for the return leg game against McGrath High at Dinthill Technical.

Happy Grove High School took care of Annotto Bay High 2-1 at Carder Park to hand the fifth-ranked team it's first defeat of the season.

Shavir Hamilton and Tevionne Miller handed Happy Grove High a 2-0 lead within the first 15 minutes, while Rasheed Dennis scored for Annotto Bay very late in the first half.

Annotto Bay High will host the second-leg on Saturday at the Westmoreland Oval.

Five-time champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) recorded the day's biggest victory by beating 28th-ranked Brimmervale High 5-1 at the Westmoreland Oval. Kristoff Murray led the scoring for the fourth-ranked STETHS with a double strike.

STETHS, which is ranked at No. 4, will host the second-leg fixture on Saturday.

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS
Denbigh 0 Port Antonio 0
Lennon 2 BB Coke 1
Brimmervale 1 STETHS 5
Happy Grove 2  Annotto Bay 1
Cedric Titus 2 Seaforth 0
Ocho Rios 1  Mannings 0
Spalding 1 Garvey Maceo 2
Rusea's 0 McGrath 1

THURSDAY'S GAMES
 Anchovy vs Alston at Cornwall College - 2:00 pm
Green Pond vs Clarendon at Cornwall College - 4:00 pm
Maggotty vs Oracabessa at STETHS - 2:00 pm
Munro vs Cornwall at STETHS - 4:00 pm
Central vs Dinthill at Juici Field - 1:00 pm
Vere vs Frome at Juici Field - 3:00 pm
St Thomas Technical vs Manchester at Golden Grove - 3:00 pm
Petersfield vs William Knibb Memorial at Frome Complex - 3:00 pm

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