Gregory Messam Jr has been given the responsibility of spearheading St George’s College’s attack this FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup season, and the second-generation national footballer started the campaign with a bang, as he led the North Street-based school with a hat-trick in their 9-0 rout against Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in their opening Group C game at Winchester Park yesterday.St George’s only scored one goal in the first half.Messam Jr netted in the 21st, 57th and 64thminutes, while Alex Marshall got a brace (90, 90+7) and Shevon Stewart (59th), Jevoun McKellar (68th) and Stephen Gilzene (90+6) one each.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 players when Dejeun Hayle was red-carded midway the second half.Last season, Messam Jr played on the flank with much success, but, according to assistant coach Marcel Gayle, the departure of central striker Amoy Brown left a big void, and Messam Jr was the obvious replacement.testimony of ability”He is a fantastic player, a kid every coach would want in their team,” Gayle commented. “But we were looking for a number nine, and we were looking, looking, and he was right in front us, and today is testimony of his ability.”I hope he can get a hat-trick every game, even though that’s not possible. I hope he gets better as the competition goes on,” he added.The star-studded St George’s, which boast players like Paul Young Jr, Gilzene, Dominic James, Stewart, Marshall, McKellar, and Messam, controlled the game from the start, but wasted countless opportunities to go ahead until Messam capitalised on a pass from Marshall to put the hosts ahead 1-0.After the interval, the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ran riot, and two early strikes sealed Messam’s three-timer. His second-half goals were sandwich by a Stewart strike, which was followed by another from McKellar.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 men when Hayle saw red for handball, when the ball appeared to come off his face.Stewart added two late goals, and Gilzene netted in between his strikes to seal the biggest win of the schoolboy football season thus far.In other Group C games, Innswood stopped Ardenne 2-0 with goals from Akeem Gibbons and Steve Harris, while Denham Town edged Eltham 1-0.In Group B, Greater Portmore held Hydel to a 1-1 draw, Dunoon edged Haile Selassie 1-0, while Papine drew 1-1 with eight-man Cumberland.In Group F, Excelsior beat Ascot 4-0, Jonathan Grant turned back Norman Manley 3-2 with a brace from Geovanni Shorter, and Vauxhall defeated Spanish Town 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup BPortmore 1 Hydel 1Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0Papine 1 Cumberland 1Group CSt George’s 9 KTHS 0Innswood 2 Ardenne 0Denham Town 1 Eltham 0Group FExcelsior 4 Ascot 0Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0Today’s gamesGroup DPenwood vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs STATHSGroup EKingston High vs BridgeportSt Jago vs MonaGroup GJose Marti vs CampionCamperdown vs WaterfordAll games start at 3:30.pm.
Downtown Cup Group AErne Wanderers 3 Glenea United Reserves 4Erne Wanderers were in action on Friday night under lights once again this week when they entertained Glenea United at the Lakeside Centre. In perfect conditions the two teams played out an entertaining game with goals galore on show. The home team started the game well and looked to take the game to the away side but found Glenea were very well organised and extremely hard working so chances were hard to come by in the opening exchanges. The breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Spratt received the ball on the corner of the penalty box and when he sucked in the defender, skipped past him and he was taken down for a penalty which Barry Mulligan duly dispatched. The home team created a few half chances after this but couldn’t add to the score sheet. Glenea were always a threat especially from set pieces and they got an equaliser on 43 minutes. Within a minute of conceding Erne won a free on the right and Mulligan fired in a dangerous cross, McGee got his head to it but the keeper got a hand to it but it fell to Sticky Ward who smashed it into the roof of the net to send Wanderers in ahead at the break. The home team started the second half sluggish and paid the price when Glenea worked the ball down the left and crossed for the centre forward who hit it low under O’ Brien. This setback seemed to wake up the home team and they put some pressure on the away side and on the hour mark they went 3-2 up. Spratt won a free on the right and again Mulligan put in a great cross and this time veteran Dermott Slevin got his head to it for a fine finish. At this stage Erne were turning the screw and really should have put United out of sight with 3 or 4 great chances not taken and Mulligan hitting the bar with another fine free kick. These misses were to prove very costly as firstly on 82minutes they conceded from a sloppy mistake to make 3-3 and then on 90 minutes they conceded a sloppy free on the left and from the resulting kick they failed to clear their lines and a Glenea leg got a touch to roll the ball into bottom corner for the win. A disappointing result for the home team who were well below what they are capable of but a very impressive performance from the away side. Referee: Andrew Mullin FOOTBALL: ERNE WANDERERS 3, GLENEA UNITED RESERVES 4 was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOOTBALL: ERNE WANDERERS 3GLENEA UNITED RESERVES 4