Samuels hits hat-trick on birthday
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Vice-captain of Charlie Smith High, Odane Samuels, celebrated his 19th birthday in style, when he netted a hat-trick in his team's 7-0 mauling of Vauxhall High in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition's Group B match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town yesterday.
Samuels, playing in his usual defensive role, hit the back of the net in the 13th, 40th and 62nd minutes. Kurt Hibbert scored a double in the 27th and 79th minutes. Kimani Arbouine (36th) and substitute Anthony Scott (72nd) completed the rout.
The birthday boy also missed a penalty in the first half.
Charlie Smith cemented group honours as they finished on 20 points, ahead of Excelsior and Vauxhall who have 14 points apiece. However, Excelsior finished with a superior goal difference and qualified for the Manning Cup's next stage. Vauxhall also made it as a best third-place finisher from all groups.
"My main plan was to get three goals, and I did it; so I am happy that the goals helped the team," Samuels told The Gleaner.
"I expected the team to beat Vauxhall, as in the first round we played to a 0-0 draw with them. Now, on a better pitch, we knew it would be easier," he claimed.
Coach of Charlie Smith, Jerome Waite, also pointed out that the pitch made the difference today.
"This is a team that we drew with in the first round. Today (yesterday), it was a better surface, and overall, it could have been more goals," he said.
Meanwhile, Vauxhall's coach, Ian Beckford, said his team was affected by the chikungunya virus.
"There was a number of players out because of Chikungunya, as well as some who are just recovering. However, we can qualify as a top third-place team," he said.
KC suffered second defeat in three days, going down 4-2 to Waterford High, and are now in danger of missing out on a spot to the Manning Cup second round. In another shocking result, St Georges went down 1-0 to José Marti.
Kingston College 2 Waterford 4
Jose Marti 1 St George's College 0
Charlie Smith 7 Vauxhall 0
Haile Selassie 0 Camperdown 0
Bridgeport 4 Papine 0
Greater Portmore 4 Dunoon 2
Holy Trinity 4 Clan Carthy 0
Trench Town 0 Wolmer's 4
Jamaica College 10 Kingston Technical 0
STATHS 0 Norman Manley 0