WHAT A SPLASH! Darren Paul of Hopewell High gets a big facial splash while attempting to control a ball ahead of a Frome Technical High opponent, Kevin Ferguson, during their Zone ‘B’ clash at Kenilworth in the ISSA/FLOW da’Costa Cup game. -Noelita Lawrence photo

Noelita Lawrence


Return round action in the ISSA/FLOW da’Costa Cup Schoolboy Football Competition gets underway later today with a solitary match in Zone ‘I’.

However, the  race for vital points and ultimate qualification to the second round  heats up tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, with Western schools from Zones ‘B’ and ‘E’ listed for action.

Three teams in Zone ‘B’, headed by the early leaders and former many times champions Rusea’s, are down to continue their push for points and a place in the next round.

The ‘Russians’, following their bitter clash with Frome Technical and their ex-coach Aaron Lawrence, on Saturday, are down to engage sixth-positioned Cambridge in what should be a walkover for the 11-times champions.

Rusea’s stopped their opponents 2-0 in the first round clash and are aiming to complete the double while maintaining a clean sheet.

The showdown is set to unfold in Hanover.

Also in the zone, Knockalva and Hopewell yet to claim a victory, face-off at Knockalva with the home team expected to repeat their first round victory (1-0).

In the mid-table showdown, 2003 champions Frome Technical tackle Green Island, both needing points to stay in touch with the early leaders.

Green Island had surprised Frome 3-0 in their first round game and, despite hoping to repeat the win, will be mindful against an opponent that has improved significantly since the start of the season.


Also on the day, St. Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), last year’s beaten finalists, are scheduled to meet Lacovia.

STETHS narrowly came away with a win  in the  first  round clash, winning the  contest 2-1  and with another  tough game expected, they will  be hoping for a  more lethal approach in  front of goal against their unpredictable opponents.

STETHS have been the most attacking team in the Zone, already with close to 20 goals and are also one of the top defensive teams in the competition, conceding just once so far.

STETHS’ bitter rivals, Munro College, who have found the going in patches to date and goals hard to come by, face rock bottom side Newell at home, hopeful of getting another win over their opponents.

Maggotty, aiming to exact revenge, are down to lock horns with B.B.Coke when the two mid-table occupants clash at the home of Maggotty, also on Tuesday.

B.B.Coke had registered an efficient 2-0 win over Maggotty when the two met in the early round.