Grudge match ... Clarendon College, Cornwall to battle for d’Cup final spot
Clarendon College have a score to settle against Cornwall College, and they will have no bigger chance to do so than when they battle each other for a spot in the final of the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-Flow daCosta Cup today at the STETHS Sports Ground at 2:30 p.m.
The last time these two teams met, the Chapelton-based Clarendon College was at the losing end of a six-goal thriller, going down 2-4 to Cornwall College at the semi-final stage of the Flow Super Cup earlier in the month.
And just like their first square-off, this one is expected to be another humdinger between two of the daCosta Cup's most prolific teams.
The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall College, although having to deal with a few hiccups in recent weeks, should feel comfortable on the STETHS grounds against their rival.
"We are always ready to play good football. We have had some issues in recent days but those are behind us. We have proven that we are a mature bunch of players," stated Weatherly.
Their best player Peter-Lee Vassell has been carrying a leg injury. How ready he will be for this crucial match is unknown, while the rigours of a long season are beginning to show on their leading goal-scorer Jourdaine Fletcher.
Fletcher, in particular, looked off-colour in the Ben Francis Cup semi-final loss to Lennon High.
Clarendon College could counter with their highly rated team captain Creggton Charleton leading the charge, along with the talented Shemar Hunter. The pair was on target against Cornwall in the Super Cup.
The last time Cornwall College reached the final they won it all back in 2001; Clarendon, meanwhile, last reached the final in 2014, defeating STETHS in the final.
The other semi-final will be played at the Manchester High School grounds and pit the defending champions STETHS against a high-flying Lennon High School, which ended STETHS' reign as Ben Francis Cup winners one week ago at the same venue.