Adrian Frater, News Editor
Lacovia High School, which won Zone E of the competition's preliminary round, created history yesterday afternoon when they swamped Bellefield 4-0 to edge Paul Bogle for the final quarter-final round place in the 2008 ISSA/Pepsi/-Digicel daCosta Cup.
Lacovia, who completed their fixtures with six points, the same as Ben Francis champions St James High, Manchester High and Paul Bogle, emerged with a superior goal difference to Manchester High and Paul Bogle to join St James, who emerged the best of the second- place finishers, in the quarter finals.
In was all jubilation for the Lacovia team yesterday as their supporters revelled in the news that their fairy-tale season, which saw them upstaging former champions Munro College and St Elizabeth Technical High School for Zone E honours, and subsequently contested the Ben Francis KO for the first time, was still and well.
"I don't know how to express the way I am feeling, it is just a fantastic experience for us," said Jehu Miller, the head of the physical education department at Lacovia High. "This is great for the school and the community because it is a new and most pleasant experience."
The jubilation was similar at St James High School, where it was discovered that there was an error in initial reports that Paul Bogle had qualified ahead of them, following Wednesday's games in which they defeated Cedric Titus 4-0 and Paul Bogle spanked Annotto Bay 4-0.
"We are just happy and relieved," said Pastor Hugh Solomon, the coach of the St James High team, which is focusing on adding the daCosta Cup to their Ben Francis KO title.
The full slate of qualifiers reads as follows: automatic qualifiers - Frome Technical, Rusea's. Spaldings, Lennon, St Thomas Technical and Dinthill Technical; best second-place finisher: St James High and Lacovia.
In quarter-final, which will kick-off tomorrow the teams are grouped as follows: Group One - Frome, Lennon, St. Thomas and St James. Group Two - Rusea's, Spalding High, Dinthill and Lacovia.
The pairings for Saturday's first round of matches are as follows: Lennon vs Frome, St Thomas Technical vs St.James, Spalding vs Rusea's and Dinthill vs Lacovia. The venues for the games will be announce d today.