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Cornwall College pushed by plucky Irwin outfit, defending champs held

By September 07, 2019
A Cornwall player controls a ball during an ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup game. A Cornwall player controls a ball during an ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup game.

Though Cornwall College would end up 2-1 winners in their first daCosta Cup game this season, the team touted to challenge for a title this year did not have it all their own way.

Playing in the third game of a triple header at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, it was Irwin who went ahead and it could not be said their 1-0 lead was not deserved.

Winning a free kick on the right side of the field in time added on to the first half (45+2), big central midfielder, Shaquoy Troupe, struck a curling delivery at the wall in front of the Cornwall goalkeeper’s near post and was elated to see the barrier fold and allow the shot through. The pace made sure the Cornwall custodian was late and gave Irwin a lead with just one half of football left to play.

But Cornwall, never quit and continued to play good football in the second half, even if they could be said to have left their shooting boots at home.

Their reward would come in the 79th minute of play through a goal from Brandon Curate.

At 1-1, Cornwall seemed rejuvenated and ran at the ever-retreating Irwin.

Irwin’s unwillingness to make tackles higher up the field as they had done in the first half and for parts of the second would hurt them, as some lovely skill down their own left flank resulted in a cross they wouldn’t deal with very well.

A glancing header from the Irwin defence would loop into the air from that 89th-minute cross and be met by another header, this one a powerful one from Calvin Stephens, essentially killing the game.

In other games from the daCosta Cup, defending daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College also found the going tough as they were held 1-1 by Lennon High, Charlemont were 2-1 winners over Enid Bennett, McGrath scored the only goal of the game against Dinthill, Titchfield were comfortable against Fair Prospect in a 2-0 affair, Happy Grove beat Port Antonio 2-1 and Morant Bay High enjoyed the same margin of victory over Robert Lightbourne.

Continuing, Paul Bogle defeated Yallahs High 4-2, Seaforth High were 2-0 winners over St Thomas Technical, Munro College scored two unanswered against Newell High, while Maggotty and Sydney Pagon Agricultural clipped Black River and Lacovia 1-0 respectively.

Manchester High blew away BB Coke 5-0, Belair were easy 3-0 winners over DeCarteret, Mile gully showed their class with a 3-1 result against May Day, Alston were 2-0 winners over Christiana, while Holmwood just got the better of Roger Clarke 1-0.

Knox College were also 1-0 winners, getting their result against Spalding High, while Annotto Bay High enjoyed the 6-1 drubbing of St Mary Technical.

Glenmuir High beat Bellefield 1-0, while Denbigh and Garvey Maceo ground out a 1-1 draw. Central High beat Kemps Hill 1-0, while there were no goals between Vere Technical and Old Harbour.

Paul-Andre Walker

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