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Struggling Dinthill travel to Charlemont in search of first win

Published:Saturday | September 28, 2019 | 12:16 AMKavarly Arnold - Gleaner Writer - Western Bureau -

The 2019 ISSA/WATA DaCosta Cup resumes this afternoon with 34 matches across all groups at 3:30 p.m. An exciting match-up in Group K will see Charlemont High School hosting last season's semi-finalists Dinthill Technical High School, who have found themselves backed into a corner, having lost all three games so far.

After going down 3-2 to Charlemont last Saturday, coach of Dinthill Technical, Xavier Gilbert, said that they will be taking a different approach this time around. Their primary focus is to stop the Ben Francis Cup champions from scoring.

"Definitely, all or nothing," Gilbert said. "We have to get three points to have any chance of advancing. We know it's going to be difficult, but we are putting in the work."

"Yes, we didn't get the better of them, but I think we have just been unfortunate. We are not taking anything away from Charlemont, however, I think faulty finishing and poor decision in the final third has put us where we are on points table thus far this season.

"We want to stay in the hunt, so we have to keep our concentration going in order to not concede any goals, which is our main objective. We have managed to find goals in our last two games, so we want to keep it that way. Once we keep a clean sheet and find a way to get the ball in the back of the net, we definitely will get our three points."

Over in Group F, Mile Gully High School, who were beaten 5-0 by Manchester High School in their first leg encounter, will be looking to putting in a better shift this time at home.

Coach Barry Watson, who told The Gleaner that an injury to their captain and star player Javeel Coley in the game two Saturdays ago, was a partial reason for their loss. He is, however, expecting a better performance, especially with the possible return of Coley.

"We are definitely looking to do much better than what we did at Manchester High School," Watson said. "Coley is still not yet fully fit, but I figure he might play a role in tomorrow's (today's) encounter. And I must say it's a much-improved team that Manchester will be playing tomorrow.

"I don't know about providing a point or getting back at anyone, but we really want to improve our performance as we did poorly in the first leg. The guys trained much better than before and are more confident now."

Today's ISSA/WATA DaCosta Cup fixtures:

Bellefield vs Glenmuir

Garvey Maceo vs Denbigh

St James vs Cornwall College

Anchovy vs Green Pond

Irwin vs Maldon

Hopewell vs Merlene Ottey

Green Island vs Frome

Cedric Titus vs Herbert Morrison

Spot Valley vs Holland

Mannings vs Belmont Academy

Grange Hill vs Maud McLeod

Godfrey Stewart vs Petersfield

STETHS vs Maggotty

Sydney Pagon vs Munro College

Lacovia vs Newell

Mile Gully vs Manchester

Belair vs B.B. Coke

DeCarteret College vs May Day

Christiana vs Alston

Roger Clarke vs Holmwood

Spalding vs Knox College

Lennon vs Kellits High

Edwin Allen vs Clarendon College

Browns Town vs Ocho Rios

Marcus Garvey vs York Castle

Oracabessa vs Iona

Carron Hall vs St Mary Tech

Brimmervale vs Tacky

Charlemont vs Dinthill

Enid Bennett vs McGrath

Port Antonio vs Fair Prospect

Happy Grove vs Titchfield

Vere vs Kemps Hill

Foga Road vs Old Harbour

Paul Bogle vs St Thomas Tech

Seaforth vs Robert Lightbourne

Yallahs vs Morant Bay