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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><SPAN class=TopStory>Return round begins today</SPAN>
    <SPAN class=Subheadline>FOOTBALL - daCosta Cup </SPAN></TD></TR><TR><TD>PAUL A REID, Observer writer
    Saturday, September 30, 2006
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width=224 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD><SPAN class=Description>Renario Downswell (foreground) of STETHS and Duane McLeish of Munro College battle for possession during their feature schoolboy daCosta Cup match at Santa Cruz yesterday. STETHS won 2-0. (Photo: Karl McLarty)</SPAN></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><P class=StoryText align=justify>MONTEGO BAY - The return round of the ISSA/Pepsi/JN daCosta Cup schoolboys' football competition kicks off today with a massive schedule of 30 matches across all but two of the 12 zones.

    Only 10 of the 12 zones will see return matches, however, as Zones D and F will complete their first round of matches.
    Ocho Rios High, leaders in Zone D and DeCarteret College, leaders in Zone F are two of five teams that still have perfect records. Frome Technical High, winners in 2003, Spalding High and Clarendon College are the other schools still to drop points.

    DeCarteret, who have scored 10 goals in their first two games, will get the first test this season when they take on arch-rivals Manchester High and will be going after their third win in the last four meetings between the teams.

    Manchester won the last game 1-0 last season, but struggled for a 1-1 draw in their game against May Day last week.

    Frome should make it five straight wins when they host Knockalva in Westmoreland and should make it two wins over the Ramble, Hanover school after years of frustration against them.

    Frome won the first-round game 5-0 and could top that today.

    Ocho Rios will have the edge over Aabuthnott Gallimore, despite playing away at Addison Park, while Spalding should beat Knox for the second time this season.

    Clarendon College have beaten Thompson Town both times they have played so far and should make it three straight today in Zone H.

    Grange Hill were impressive against the previously unbeaten Petersfield on Wednesday and should not be troubled by last-placed Maude McLeod in their Zone C game.

    The race will be on for second place ahead of the idle Petersfield, however, when defending champions Godfrey Stewart make the 15-metre trek to face Mannings.

    Mannings were unlucky to lose 1-0 when they met in the opening game of the season and will seek to make amends today. The winner of this game will take over second place behind Grange Hill.

    St Elizabeth Technical are expected to take out their frustrations against Maggotty after being held goalless by Black River on Wednesday. STETHS had won the first-round game 9-0.

    There will be a top-of-the-zone clash in Zone A where William Knibb will be seeking their first win at Herbert Morrison for the first time since 2003 when they went to the finals.

    The teams are tied on seven points with the Trelawny school ahead on the second tie-breaker goals scored.

    Also in Zone A, Cornwall College will be hoping for revenge against Maldon after losing to the Upper St James school for the first time in the first round.

    Maldon have earned just one point since winning their first two, while Cornwall have struggled this season, scoring just twice in four games.
    Solidarity is not a matter of well wishing, but is sharing the very same fate whether in victory or in death.
    Che Guevara.