This fantastic photo captures Irwin High’s airborne goalkeeper, Shemar Thelwel, reaching for the ball from a glancing header by Green Pond High’s talisman and winger, Chevaughn Duncan, as teammates and opponents watched in awe during the ISSA/WATA da’Costa Cup Zone ‘A’ match at Green Pond on Saturday. Green Pond ended the contest with nine players, but won 2-1.

Noelita Lawrence

The Group ‘B’ pair of defending champions Rusea’s and Frome Technical, along with Cornwall College, STETHS and seven other teams, will be gunning for a fourth straight victory when pulsating midweek action continues in the ISSA/WATA da’Costa Cup Football Competition.

Teams will continue their hunt for vital points as they continue their push for Inter Zone spots as well as qualification to the prestigious Ben Francis Cup.

Cornwall College will seek to continue their dominance of Zone ‘A’ when they come up against lowly Maldon at Cornwall in one of 12 games to be played later today, Wednesday (September 19) featuring western schools.

The red-and-gold-clad school on Pleasant Hill is expected to continue their winning streak as they stroll to a table-topping finish in the zone and a berth in the Inter Zone round.

The clash should be an easy affair for the Cornwall team as they will be facing a Maldon team that has failed to secure a win so far and has tallied just a single point from their previous three matches played.

Maldon pulled off a massive upset last year, beating the much-fancied Cornwall in the first clash of the campaign.

Also in the zone, fellow strugglers Irwin and Anchovy battle, while another interesting affair sees Green Pond High at home to St. James High.

St. James High is coming off a drawn result in their last outing while Green Pond High won their encounter and with just a point separating the two, a keen tussle is expected.

Green Pond will be handicapped as two of their better defenders will miss the encounter after being given red cards in their last outing.

Rusea’s down in second position in their zone on goal difference put their perfect record on the line against cellar dwellers Merlene Ottey.

The ‘Russians’ trail Frome by five goals entering the showdown, but know they cannot afford to drop a point against a team that has yet to find the back of the net in their previous games and are yet to tick off a win.

The early front runners, Frome Technical will also be on the road when they come face-to-face with Green Island and Hopewell and Cambridge clash.

Over in Zone ‘B’, former two times champions Herbert Morrison Technical High still on a high from recording their first win, go for a first win on home turf in five meetings dating back to last campaign when they line up at home against winless Holland and ex-‘Compre’ coach Dane Randall.

Victory for ‘Compre’ and defeat for the teams above them could see them catapult into the top three.

Zone leaders Cedric Titus and William Knibb meet in the day’s other affair while in Trelawny Muschett tackle second placed Spot Valley hoping to spring a surprise.

Just two points separates first from fourth in the Zone, so the top four teams are expected to go all out for wins as they bid to stay in the hunt for progress.

Five times winners STETHS will also be defending a four-game winning streak while their rivals Munro College tottering and yet to record a win, got for their first three points of the season at home to Maggotty.