Clarendon College and Cornwall College among daCosta Cup semifinalists
Defending champions Clarendon College and the school they beat in the final last year, Cornwall College, are back in the semi-finals of the ISSA/Wata rural area daCosta Cup football competition.
They are joined by Dinthill Technical, which also returned as a semifinalist from last season, and McGrath High, a first-time semifinalist.
The four semi-finalists were confirmed on Tuesday following the final set of quarter-final matches.
The 16 winners from the second round contested the quarter-final round. The teams were placed in four groups of four and each group winner earned the right to contest the semi-finals scheduled for Wednesday, November 13.
In addition to the daCosta Cup semi-finals, spots in the rural area Ben Francis Cup Knockout competition and all-island Champions Cup Knockout competition were also decided.
Teams that finished third and fourth in their respective daCosta Cup quarter-final groups will contest the Ben Francis Cup Knockout competition. Those teams are Anchovy High and Cedric Titus (Group One), Manchester High and Maggotty High (Group Two); Port Antonio High and Petersfield High (Group Three), St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Happy Grove High (Group Four).
The eight teams that finish as winners and runner-ups in their respective daCosta Cup quarter-final groups will contest the all-island Champions Cup Knockout along with the eight quarterfinalists of the urban area ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition.
The daCosta Cup teams for the all-island Champions Cup Knockout are Clarendon College, Manning’s School, defending champions Cornwall College, Garvey Maceo High, Dinthill Technical, Frome Technical, McGrath High and B B Coke.
The Manning Cup teams for the all-island Champions Cup Knockout are Kingston College, St Andrew Technical High School, Camperdown High, St Georges College, Excelsior High, Wolmer's Boys, Jamaica College and Charlie Smith High.
Meanwhile, Group Two in the daCosta Cup quarterfinal round on Tuesday produced a thrilling finish as Cornwall College, which started the day third in the group, just managed to get into the semi-finals courtesy of goal difference over Garvey Maceo High.
Merron Gordon-coached Garvey Maceo High came from behind twice to score an exciting 3-2 victory at Manchester High in a top-of-the-table clash.
Garvey Maceo High snatched the victory in the first minute of time added on courtesy of a Cleon Clarke’s strike. The victory sparked wild celebrations as the players thought the victory over Vassell Reynold-coached Manchester High had qualified them for the semi-finals. However, the celebrations on the field were short-lived when news came that Cornwall College had secured a 3-0 victory over Maggotty High at Jarrett Park to win the group on goal difference.
Wayne Atkinson (38th minute) and Dane Golding (80th-minute penalty) scored for Manchester High, while Tyrese Henry (45th minute) and Gregory Cousins (84th minute) secured the other goals for Garvey Maceo.
Both teams finished on six points from their three games but Cornwall College had a plus three-goal difference compare to Garvey Maceo High’s plus two.
Clarendon Clarendon College secured the biggest victory on the day by whipping Anchovy High 7-0 at the Juicy Field in Clarendon to finish Group One of the quarter-finals with maximum nine points from their three games.
The Lenworth Hyde-coached team finished five points clear of second-place Manning’s School and third-place Anchovy High, which both ended with four points each. Manning’s School condemned Cedric Titus High to their third defeat in the round with a 1-0 victory at Drax Hall.
Dinthill Technical also finished the quarter-final round with maximum nine points after a 2-1 victory at Frome Technical High to top Group Three; while McGrath High won Group Four despite losing 2-1 at STETHS. They ended with six points from their three matches, two ahead of second-place B B Coke and third-place STETHS, which both ended on four points.
Clarendon College 7 Anchovy 0
Cedric Titus 0 Manning's 1
Cornwall College 3 Maggotty 0
Manchester High 2 Garvey Maceo 3
Frome Technical 1 Dinthill Technical 2
Port Antonio 4 Petersfield 2
STETHS 2 McGrath High 1
Happy Grove 1 B B Coke 3
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (MANNING CUP QUARTER-FINALS GAMES)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30
Excelsior High vs St. Andrew Tech at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
Wolmer’s Boys vs Camperdown High National Stadium 4:00 pm
THURSDAY OCT. 31
Charlie Smith High vs Kingston College at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs Jamaica College at National Stadium - 4:00 pm