Three Western schools, two with 23 titles between them, will be among the 12 seeking to maintain leadership of their zones when the ISSA/WATA da’Costa Cup Schoolboy Football Competition continues today, Wednesday, with midweek action across the island.
Rusea’s, Cornwall College and Manning’s are the Western teams hoping to maintain their stance at the summit of their respective zones, all needing wins to be assured.
High-scoring Rusea’s, with 15 goals in their last two outings, face a challenge against Green Island, who though having just a solitary win to date, should prove a much more testing opponent.
The ‘Russian’s’ have conceded just once from their two previous matches in Zone ‘B’, and will be gunning for a third straight.
Frome Tech, with goals yet to be scored against them, face off with winless Merlene Ottey in the other game in the zone, and are expected to claim all three points on offer as they too hunt top spot in the zone and can overtake Rusea’s, should they fail to secure maximum points.
The irresistible Manning’s, who had their perfect winning streak brought to a halt against Petersfield, seek a return to winning ways when they line-up at home to Grange Hill in a Zone ‘D’ affair, seeking a third outright win.
Maud McLeod, sitting second, just a point off the leaders (Manning’s), take on tottering bottom-of-the-pack Godfrey Stewart, and Belmont Academy, still feeling upbeat after a maiden victory, battle Petersfield in another encounter.
CC WITHOUT #1 KEEPER
Meanwhile, 12 times champions Cornwall College will be without their number one goalkeeper, Peter Sinclair, for their tricky Zone ‘A’ encounter away to the dangerous and unpredictable dark horses, Anchovy High.
Just a point separates the two going into the top-of-the-table fixture with CC ahead on 7 and Anchovy 6.
Both have already marked off two wins and are both undefeated in the zone, but Anchovy have played a game less and will be in a bullish mood to take all three points in a bid to surpass their more fancied opponents in their own backyard.
Cornwall College, last year’s beaten finalists, face a slight handicap heading into the fixture as they will be without number one custodian for the past three years, the outstanding Peter Sinclair.
Sinclair will miss the encounter after being shown a straight red card in their previous outing at the weekend.
In other games in the zone, St. James High, bidding to return to winning ways and avoid a third defeat of the season, host winless Maldon, and Green Pond High, previous leaders of the zone, clash at Irwin against the hosts.
Green Pond, who are bidding for a return to the Inter Zone round for the first time since 2013, will need all three points to keep alive their hopes while remaining on the heels of the front two.
written by: Noelita Lawrence-Ricketts