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Rusea's on the move to d ' C u p second round

PAUL A REID
Observer West Writer

Thursday, October 04, 2018

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LUCEA, Hanover — Defending champions Rusea's High are expected to secure their place in the second round of the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition this afternoon when they take on bottom-of-the-table Merlene Ottey High in their Zone B return-leg first-round game at the Collin Miller Sports Complex, set to start at 3:30 pm.

Rusea's High leads the zone with 21 points, six points clear of second-placed Frome Technical, who host third-placed Green Pond (nine points) for the first time this season.

Frome Technical and Green Island meet again next Tuesday's in a rescheduled first-leg game that was washed out on Wednesday, September 19.

In today's other game, Hopewell High are hoping to create school history with a fourth win in one season when they take on Cambridge High.

Hopewell equalled their best-ever total in one season with a third win, beating Merlene Ottey High last Wednesday and now are seeking a second win by over Cambridge today.

A win for Rusea's High is almost a formality, as Merlene Ottey High are one of two schools yet to score a goal in the competition and have lost 18 of their last 19 games dating back to the 2014 season. The other school yet to score is Tacius Golding.

Merlene Ottey High's last win in the daCosta Cup came in the 2012 season when they edged Cambridge High 1—0 and then drew 1—1 with the southern St James school in the 2015 season.

Rusea's High are cruising along with seven straight victories and are ahead of where they were at the same point last year, as they had dropped points in the first round when they were held 0—0 by Green Island High.

Despite losing a number of top strikers from last year, Rusea's High have also scored more goals at this point than they did after seven games last year on their way to winning their 11th title.

Kenroy Campbell and Jhavoy Diaz the latter who got a hat trick in their 8—0 drubbing of Cambridge High on Saturday are tied on six goals each.

The game at Frome, the first two between the two second-placed contenders, promises to be more evenly contested.

On paper Frome Technical — with their 26 goals in six games, compared with Green Island's nine from five games — would appear to be the most potent.

Frome Technical's Giovanni Mittoo has scored 11 goals, two more than the entire Green Island High team and is expected to be the one leading the charge today.

A loss for Green Island would almost signal the end of their second-round ambitions.

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