The final four in the ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup is set! Three former champions and a newcomer will line up on November 13th to try and book a spot in the November 30th finale after booking their spots on Tuesday as they quarter-finals came to a dramatic end.
Defending champions Clarendon College and Dinthill Technical beat Anchovy High and Frome Technical respectively as they completed perfect records of three wins in the quarter-finals.
Record holders Cornwall College, with some help from Garvey Maceo, won Group 2, on goal-difference over the ‘Cubans’ while McGrath continued their great season by winning Group 4 despite a loss to STETHS on Tuesday.
Clarendon College hammered Anchovy High 7-0 as they have now scored 17 goals in the quarter-finals to top Group 1 while Dinthill continues to make the most of their second chance, beating Frome Technical 2-1 to win Group 3.
In the semi-finals- Clarendon will match up with McGrath in one game while Cornwall College and Dinthill will meet in the other.
With half the large crowd at Jarrett Park glued to their radios keeping track of the game in Mandeville, Brandon Curate scored his first hat-trick, including two penalties as Cornwall College blanked Maggotty High 3-0 and topped Group two on goal-difference as Garvey Maceo came from behind twice to beat Manchester High 3-2 with 14-year-old Cleo Clarke scoring the winner, late in the game.
Sheldon Smart also got a hat-trick for Clarendon College in their big win while Karim Bryan scored both goals for Dinthill as they topped Frome Technical.
Frome sent a big message that they are serious contenders for the ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup title after a big 5-0 thrashing of Petersfield High in their quarter-final Group 3 game at the Frome Complex on Wednesday.
Frome came up just short last year, falling at the semi-final hurdle to Cornwall College but has been one of the most impressive teams this year.
In the first game of the double-header, defending champions Clarendon College came from a goal down to beat Mannings School 2-1 in their Group 1 game.
Both winners on Wednesday took over the lead in their respective groups.
Frome Technical was in a rampant mood and led 3-0 at half time in the game that was delayed by a heavy downpour and played on a muddy field.
Devin Johnson and Giovanni Mittoo both scored doubles and Clifton Suban added a fifth for Frome Technical.
In the first game, Sheldon Smart scored a double for the champions Clarendon College to score their eighth win in a row.
Mannings School who overturned a loss to Ocho Rios High in their second-round fixtures to win and advance took the lead after just seven minutes through Tavar Thompson.
Smart brought Clarendon College level in the 26th minute then gave them the lead in the 63 rd minute when he dribbled down the right flank cut into the middle of the field before firing past goalkeeper Ngozi Thompson.
McGrath High created more school history on Saturday as they booked their spot in the first round of the lucrative ISSA Champion Cup along with Clarendon College and Dinthill Technical after all three won back to back games in the quarter-finals of the ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup football competition.
McGrath High edged BB Coke High 1-0 in their Group 4 game to take over the lead on six points as Happy Grove bushwhacked St Elizabeth Technical 3-1 to leave the former champions at the bottom of the tables on one point from two games.
Clarendon College, the defending daCosta Cup champions went on a rampage against Cedric Titus, hammering them 8-0 to improve to six points on Group One.
Roderick Granville and Richard King both grabbed braces for Clarendon College as Omar Reid, Kaheim Rose, Sheldon Smart, and Jaland Larmond all got one goal each as the champions had their biggest win of the season.
Dinthill Technical continued to make full use of their second chance as beat Petersfield High 2-0 thanks to a brace from Karim Bryan and they have now won their last five games without giving up a goal.
Group 2 is a three-team race after a late penalty from Dane Golding gave Manchester High a win over Cornwall College to take over the lead with four points as the losers slipped to third on goal- difference behind Garvey Maceo High who beat Maggotty High 2-0.
Cornwall College ended the game with 10 players after Solano Birch was sent off midway the second half after getting his second yellow card of the game.
Marvin Williams and Kimani Sylvera scored for Garvey Maceo in their victory.
At the Collin Miller Sports Complex in Lucea, second-half substitute Abijah Wallace scored twice as Mannings School came back from two goals down to earn an exciting 2-2 draw against Anchovy High.
Renaldo Grant and Sansay Hutchinson had given Anchovy the lead and they looked set to win back to back games until Wallace scored from two dead ball situations.
Frome Technical were held scoreless by Pt Antonio High in their Group Three game they were expected to win after beating Petersfield High 5-0 on Wednesday.
First-time quarter-finalists Anchovy High and McGrath High created school histories by winning their first-ever games in the third round of the ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup football competition on Tuesday.
Anchovy edged Cedric Titus High 1-0 at Jarrett Park while McGrath who knocked out former champions Rusea’s High last weekend, had the same score over Happy Grove at Dinthill Technical.
High riding Manchester High and St Elizabeth Technical were however off to slow starts, held scoreless in their games against Maggotty High and BB Coke respectively, both results coming against the form books.
Manchester High and STETHS were coming off big second round wins as they combined to score more than 20 goals over the two games. At Jarrett Park, Mark Smith’s 11 th minute goal was enough for Anchovy High to beat Cedric Titus.
McGrath High also celebrated their first time in the third round with a 1-0 win over Happy Grove, Tyrese Wright scoring the winner.
Meanwhile, former champions Cornwall College and Dinthill Technical also scored 1-0 wins over Garvey Maceo and Port Antonio High respectively.
Cornwall College snapped Garvey Maceo’s unbeaten run for the second time with a win at Juici Park while Dinthill Technical continued their late run edging Port Antonio High at Dinthill Technical in Linstead.