4 top-of-the-table games on today as daCosta Cup return matches start
Four top-of-the-table games will highlight Match Day 14 of the 2018 ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition on Wednesday, which signals the start of return matches in the preliminary round.
Thirty-eight matches are scheduled for the day, all starting at 3:30 pm.
The top-of-the-table matches are Cornwall College, 12-time winners of the competition, against Green Pond High in Zone A; Manchester High against B.B. Coke in Zone F; Knox College against Spallding High in Zone G and St Mary High against St Mary Technical in Zone J.
Cornwall College, having opened up a six-point lead at the top of Zone A, will be looking to extend their winning record to six when they host second-place Green Pond.
Cornwall College are highly fancied to beat Green Pond again having done so on September 12 when winning 2-0 away. They have accumulated maximum 15 points, with Green Pond tied with third-place Anchovy High on nine points, but are ahead on goal difference.
Over in Zone F, only a point separates the top two in the group and an interesting game looms despite Manchester High winning 2-0 at B.B. Coke when they met on the opening day of the season on September 8.
Following the September 8 meeting, Manchester High have won three other games with the only blemish being a draw with third-place Mile Gully, while B.B. Coke went on the win their other four games.
Both teams look strong in attack and defence with Manchester High scoring 15 goals from their five matches, four more than B.B. Coke while conceding four, two less than their rival.
Manchester High enter the day with 15 points to lead B.B. Coke by one and third-place Mile Gully High by five.
Over in Zone G, goal difference separates the top two teams. Leaders Spalding High will visit Knox College.
Knox College hold the edge having won 2-1 at Spalding High when they met for the first time on September 11 and should be more comfortable now playing at home. However, based on statistics for far the game could go either way.
Both teams are locked on 10 points with Spalding winning three of their five matches and drawing one, but have played one match more than Knox, which have won three and drawn the other.
In the day's other top-of-the-table fixture, only a point separates leaders St Mary Technical from second-place St Mary High.
St Mary Technical will travel to Highgate Community Centre to face St Mary High. When both teams met for the first time, St Mary Technical won 1-0 on their home field at Richmond Farm Sports Complex on September 10 and another close game is expected.
Meanwhile, two other teams apart from Cornwall College will enter the day with perfect records. Those teams are defending champions Rusea’s High and Garvey Maceo High, which will also be aiming to win six straight matches.
Rusea’s High, winners of the competition on 11 times, will visit third-place Green Island High; while 2007 winners Garvey Maceo High will visit Denbigh High, which are also in third-place.
WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE (Home teams named first and all games start at 3:30 pm).
St James vs Irwin at Jarrett Park
Maldon vs Anchovy at Maldon
Cornwall College vs Green Pond at Cornwall College
Cambridge vs Frome at Cambridge
Green Island vs Rusea’s at Green Island
Spot Valley vs Herbert Morrison at Spot Valley
William Knibb vs Holland at William Knibb
St Elizabeth Technical vs Newell at STETHS Sports Complex
Maggotty vs Sydney Pagon at Appleton Sports Complex
Munro vs Lacovia at Munro
Manchester vs BB Coke at Manchester
DeCarteret College vs Belair at DeCarteret College
May Day vs Mile Gully at May Day
Alston vs Christiana at Sanguinetti Community Centre
Holmwood vs Troy at Holmwood
Knox College vs Spalding at Knox
Kellits vs Thompson Town at Crofts Hill Community Centre
Edwin Allen vs Lennon at Edwin Allen
Iona vs York Castle at Rio Neuvo
Marcus Garvey vs Ocho Rios at Drax Hall
Browns Town vs Oracabessa at Browns Town
Tacky vs Guys Hill at Tacky
St Mary High vs St Mary Technical at Highgate Community Centre
Brimmervale vs Carron Hall at Brimmervale
Tacius Golding vs Ewarton at Bodles
Enid Bennett vs Charlemont at Bybrook Sports Club
McGrath vs Dinthill at McGrath
Port Antonio vs Horace Clarke at Port Antonio
Happy Grove vs Titchfield at Hector’s River
Annotto Bay vs Fair Prospect at Westmoreland Oval
Glenmuir vs Bellefield at Juci Beef Complex
Denbigh vs Garvey Maceo at Denbigh
Cross Keys vs Winston Jones at Cross Keys
Central vs Kemps Hill at Bushy Park
Vere vs Old Harbour at Vere
Robert Lightbourne vs Morant Bay at Robert Lightbourne
Paul Bogle vs Yallahs at York Oval
St Thomas vs Seaforth at Eastern Banana Complex