The DaCosta Cup competition, symbol of supremacy in rural area high school football, will officially kick off on Saturday, September 12 in the MoBay Sports Complex.
This year, Trelawny will be represented by 3 schools in the DaCosta Cup. Cedric Titus High School from Clark’s Town, will compete in Zone I against 5 teams from the parish of St Ann: Marcus Garvey Technical, Brown’s Town High, Ocho Rios High, York Castle High and Steer Town High.
The other 2 Trelawny teams will compete in Zone C. Muschette High, located in Wakefield will compete against fellow parishioners William Knibb Memorial High from Zion, Martha Brae. They will battle St James teams Herbert Morrison Technical and Spot Valley High in the zone.
Trelawny teams missing from this year’s competition are Albert Town High, located in South Trelawny and Holland High, neighbours to William Knibb in Zion, Martha Brae.
Cedric Titus will kick off on opening day, September 12, playing Brown’s Town away in Brown’s Town. They will be the only Trelawny team playing on that day. They will next host York Castle at Cedric Titus on Wednesday September 16.
The other two Trelawny teams will start the competition by playing each other. Muschette will host William Knibb in the first of 2 Trelawny derbies. This will take place on Saturday, September 19 at 3:30 pm.
William Knibb Memorial High has been the most successful Trelawny school in the competition, having made it to the final in 2002, where they lost 1-0 to Ruseas. A month ago, past students donated gear to the team.
This year will mark two firsts in the DaCosta Cup and Manning Cup competitions. Firstly, as a result of the merger of LIME and Flow, the LIME brand has been laid to rest. The competitions now have new names: they are now called the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) FLOW Manning and DaCosta Cup.
In addition, for the first time, the competitions will have night matches. This is experimental, and depending on the outcomes, ISSA will decide at the end of the season whether or not to continue with the night games.
For the DaCosta Cup competition, Irwin High and Cornwall College will make history when they play each other at 6:45 pm in the MoBay Sports Complex on opening day, September 12.