Teams hunt precious points as daCosta Cup first round ends today
The remaining 12 qualifiers for the second round of the 2018 ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup competition will be decided on Saturday with the playing of 37 matches, scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm across all 15 zones.
Twenty of the 32 schools have already booked their places in the next phase of the competition.
At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the first two teams in each of the 15 zones will advance to the next round as the automatic qualifiers. The best third place team/next best third place teams will also qualify for the next round. Those two places will be determined by the number of points earned divided by the number of matches played.
Already qualified are: Zone A – Cornwall College; Zone B – Rusea’s High and Frome Technical; Zone C – Cedric Titus High and Herbert Morrison Technical High School; Zone D – Petersfield High and Little London High; Zone E – St Elizabeth Technical Technical High School (STETHS; Zone F – Manchester High and BB Coke; Zone G – Christiana High; Zone H – Clarendon College and Lennon High; Zone J – St Mary High; Zone K – Dinthill Techncal and Charlemont High; Zone L – Port Antonio High; Zone M – Garvey Maceo High; Zone N – Old Harbour High; and Zone O – Paul Bogle High
In many of the zones a number of teams are fighting for one remaining automatic qualifying spot with Zone I having a four-way duel for the two spots.
Brown's Town lead Zone I on 18 points, two ahead of York Castle High, Ocho Rios High and Oracabessa High with goal difference separating the latter three.
Brown's Town High will visit Ocho Rios High and Oracabessa High will journey to York Castle High with any two, based on the result, can qualify.
Likewise in Zone G, Spalding High, Alston High, Holmwood Technical and Knox College are battling for one spot, as Christiana High with 19 points have already topped the zone and qualify for the next phase.
Goal difference places Spalding High in second ahead of Alston High as both are on 15 points with Holmwood Technical and Knox College on 14 points each. Alston High will host Spalding Hgh at Sanguinetti Community Centre and Holmwood Technical will entertain Knox College.
Meanwhile, needing a draw to progress are former champions St James High, whuch will be battling Anchovy High in Zone A at Jarrett Park. It should be a hard battle for St James High, as Anchovy High also possess hopes of advancing as a victory will carry them into the next phase of the competition.
In Zone E, Maggotty High and Lacovia High are looking to join STETHS into the next stage. Maggotty High will host Munro College, while with Lacovia High will travel to STETHS, also needing a win, but hoping as well that Maggotty lose.
Brimmervale High and St Mary Technical are seeking to join St Mary High in the second round in Zone J.
St Mary Technical and Brimmerval High are on 17 points. St Mary Technical seemingly have the easier battle of the two, as they will be playing the lowly Guys Hill, while Brimmervale High will battle zone leaders St Mary High.
A two-way battle for one spot also exists in Zone L. Port Antonio High have already won the zone, leaving Titchfield High and Fair Prospect High trying to join them in the second round. Titchfield High are on 16 points and Fair Prospect High, 14 and they will be playing against each other. Titchfield only need a draw, while Fair Prospect need to win.
Glenmuir High need to take a point from bottom-of-the-zone Cross Keys to join Garvey Maceo from Zone M in the next phase with Denbigh having an outside chance, but that would involve them beating Bellefield High and Glenmuir losing. Glenmuir are on 19 points and Denbigh on 16.
Central High and Vere Technical are in a tight battle for one spot from Zone N, with Old Harbour already qualified. Vere are in a strong position though, as Central have already completed their fixture and are on 12 points, just one ahead of Vere, which will be playing bottom-place Porus High.
In Zone O, Seaforth High need a point to secure their place. Paul Bogle High have already qualified on 23 points, with Seaforth High second on 17 and Morant Bay High, third on 14.
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE (All matches start at 3:30 pm and home teams named first)
Anchovy vs Irwin
St James vs Green Pond at Jarrett Park
Cornwall College vs Maldon
Merlene Ottey vs Frome
Green Island vs Cambridge
Herbert Morrison vs Muschett
Mannings vs Petersfield at Mannings
St Elizabeth Technical vs Lacovia at STETHS Sports Complex
Sydney Pagon vs Newell
Maggotty vs Munro College at Appleton Sports Complex
Belair vs May Day
Mile Gully vs BB Coke at Mile Gully Community Centre
DeCarteret College vs Manchester
Troy vs Christiana
Alston vs Spalding at Sanguinetti Community Centre
Holmwood vs Knox
Clarendon College vs Thompson Town
Edwin Allen vs Kellits
Ocho Rios vs Browns Town
Iona vs Marcus Garvey
York Castle vs Oracabessa
Brimmervale vs St Mary High
Carron Hall vs Tacky
Guys Hill vs St Mary Technical at Woodpark
Charlemont vs McGrath
Tacius Golding vs Enid Bennett at Bodles
Ewarton vs Dinthill at Bramwell Clarke Sports Complex
Horace Clarke vs Happy Grove
Titchfield vs Fair Prospect
Glenmuir vs Cross Keys at Juici Beef Complex
Bellefield vs Denbigh
Garvey Maceo vs Winston Jones
Vere Technical vs Porus
Old Harbour vs Kemps Hill
Morant Bay vs St Thomas Technical
Yallahs vs Robert Lightbourne at Phillipsfield
Seaforth vs Paul Bogle