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Kenroy Campbell scored a hat trick to lead Rusea’s High to a big 7-1 win over Merlene Ottey High at the Collin Miller Sports Complex in Lucea as the 2017 champions got off to a fast start in the ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup football competition on Monday.

Rusea’s High and last season’s semi-finalists Frome Technical share the lead in Zone B as Frome got by Hopewell High 2-0 at Orchard in Hopewell.

In addition to Campbell’s hat trick, Merlene Ottey contributed to their own demise with a two own goals while Jeremy Coke and Chad Howell got one each.

At Orchard, Fabian Forbes scored in the first half and Giovanni Mitto scored their team’s second in the second half as Frome Technical got by Hopewell High 2-0.

William Knibb are the early leaders in Zone C after beating Holland High 4-1 at Martha Brae, Cristojay Daley scored a hat trick and Dino Thomas got the other for the Cassman Williams coached team.

In the other game Herbert Morrison scored a late goal to come from behind to draw 1-1 against Spot Valley High.

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McGrath High scored a massive upset on Saturday’s opening day of the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition after edging former champions Dinthill Technical 1-0 in their Zone K game played at McGrath.

It was the first win for McGrath over the two time champions in more than a decade, going back to the 2006 season and was also the first goal they had managed against Dinthill since 2009 in a 1-1 draw.

Dinthill had dominated the games against McGrath High outscoring them 49-0 over their last 10 meetings.

McGrath and Ben Francis KO champions Charlemont High are tied for the lead in Zone K after Charlemont edged Enid Bennett High (formerly Big Walk) 2-1 in their game.

Sydney Pagon High scored their first win in the competition on Saturday after beating Lacovia High 1-0 in Zone E action.

Sydney Pagon are playing in the competition for the second year and managed just two draws last year.

They are tied for the lead with Munro College who beat Newell High 2-0 and Maggotty who edged Black River 1-0.

Oracabessa High got off to a fast start with a 5-1 beating of Iona High in Zone I as Ocho Rios beat Browns Town 3-0 and York Castle and Marcus Garvey ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Cornwall College vs Irwin in the 2019 DCup opener

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Champions Cup holders Cornwall College had to dig deep on Saturday to beat Irwin High 2-1 in their opening ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup Zone A game played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall.

Despite losing a number of starters from last year’s team that created history by becoming the first daCosta Cup team to win the all island competition, Cornwall was expected to get the better of Irwin High who managed just a point last year.

Irwin stunned the wasteful Cornwall College taking the lead with the last kick of the first half when Shaquoy Troupe beat goalkeeper Peter Sinclair at his near post with a curling free kick from some 22 yards out.

With defeat staring them in the face the 12 time champions rose to the occasion with Brandon Curate scoring in the 80th minute, his first for Cornwall College and Calvin Stephens getting the winner in the 90th minute, also his first goal at this level, starting the game after coming off the bench last year.

Irwin High’s goalkeeper Shevor Thelwell had an outstanding game, making a series of brilliant saves while the Cornwall strikers, Stephens, Raheim Heaven and Denyu Ricketts all wasted good scoring chances.

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Game action between Clarendon College and Lennon High

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Clarendon College got off to a slow start in the defence of their ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup title after being held 1-1 by Lennon High in their Zone H game played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday.

After being unbeaten in the first round over the last two seasons and losing just once in the last three years, Clarendon College were second best for most of the game and failed to reproduce the quality football that saw them complete an unbeaten season in the daCosta Cup last year.

Richard King gave Clarendon College the lead in the fourth minute when he converted from the penalty spot but Alphonso Johnson levelled for Lennon High in the 13th minute.

The game was dull and had little for the fans to cheer for with frequent breaks in the sweltering afternoon sun but Clarendon College jumped out to a quick lead after Omar Bent was taken down in the box and King stepped up to bury the resulting penalty kick.

Lennon drew level in the 13th minute when the tricky Johnson got away down the left side, cut inside close to the 18 yards area and fired a low shot into the far corner past goalkeeper Prince-Daniel Smith.

Lennon High should have take the lead in the 32nd minute when Jerome Williams had a clear run at the Clarendon College goal but shot tamely into the hands of the goalkeeper.

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