STRONG CHARGE: Coming strong and hard, Maldon High’s Dannel Bennett lunges hard and excessively at the ball being controlled by St. James High’s Ramapolia Kerr during their Zone ‘A’ ISSA/WATA da’Costa Cup showdown at Jarrett Park. St. James High, through a double from marquee player Ewan Barton, won the affair 4-1 to mark off their second victory of the season, moving into third position in the standings. - Noelita Lawrence-Ricketts photo

A stellar showdown involving two former champions highlights this Saturday’s western schedule of the ISSA/WATA da’Costa Cup Schoolboy Football Competition, which will see the final series of games ahead of the return matches.

Rusea’s and Frome Technical High, gunning for a fourth straight win, come face-to-face in the powerhouse Zone ‘B’ top-of-the-table clash, set to play out at the Frome Sports Complex in Westmoreland.

Both undefeated are joint leaders of the zone with 9 points, and will be looking for an outright win to separate themselves and remain on course for a place in the next round.

Third against fourth in Green Island versus Hopewell is the other game on in the zone

Elsewhere, another team in fine form, William Knibb, looking to extend their best ever start to a season, challenge Spot Valley High at that school, aiming to mark off a fourth straight victory.

Knibb, which won for the first time against Cedric Titus last time out, have gone undefeated to date after three matches and have conceded just a solitary goal in the process.

Their clash is one of two on in the zone, with Cedric Titus hoping to get back to winning ways, down to face winless Holland at home.


Another team aiming to get back to winning ways is Anchovy High.
The Hector Wright coached unit, who had been gunning for a hat-trick of wins, are expected to get back o the winning trail when they oppose cellar occupants Irwin in a Zone ‘A’ affair.

12-times champions Cornwall College, on the road to yet another qualification from the once marquee zone entertain Maldon at Cornwall hoping to continue their winning trail which has seen them drip points in just once game so far.

Cornwall occupies top spot in the Zone amassing 10 so far, three clear of the second place team.

An interesting battle is down to unfold at Green Pond High where the hosts and 2013 Inter Zone round qualifiers engage the St. James High in an affair that could go either way.

Green Pond High is enjoying their best early showing in 6 years and on form they and their opponents, in third spot just a point behind them, are expected to battle right down to the final whistle.

Manning’s already sitting at the summit of Zone ‘D’ seems poised to maintain their stance by taking maximum points away to struggling 2005 winners Godfrey Stewart in one of three games on in the zone.

Also, Maud McLeod held in their last encounter, seeks a return to winning ways against unpredictable Petersfield and Grange Hill and Belmont lock horns.

Twenty-seven (27) other matches are on across the rural areas, all down to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Noelita Lawrence-Ricketts