St George's get a 'Hyde-ing'
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Former national Under-17 striker and track and field star Jaheel Hyde netted a brilliant hat-trick to fire Wolmer's Boys' into the semi-finals of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition with a 3-0 victory over St George's College in Group H yesterday.
Hyde, who is the reigning World Junior and World Youth 400m hurdles champion, and the 110m Youth Olympic winner, scored his goals in the 36th, 45th and 52nd minutes.
In the opening game of the double-header, which was played at the Constant Sports Complex, Haile Selassie and Calabar High played to an exciting 3-3 draw.
André Gunter (fifth), Akeem Grandison (37th) and Hamish Smith (75th) were the goalscorers for Haile Selassie. Calabar's goals were scored by Kevin Anderson (29th), Mikel Graham (67th) and Lenworth Keckford (74th).
The victory enabled Wolmer's to finish atop the group with maximum nine points, five ahead of second-placed St George's four. Haile Selassie (two) and Calabar (one) round out the standings.
Hyde, who was scoring his fifth goal in two games against St George's this season, gave credit to his teammates for his outstanding performance.
"It was a brilliant performance from the team, and not just me, because without the team, I could not have done what I did," said Hyde.
"Our plan was to come out and qualify for the semi-finals because we just needed to avoid defeat. But we don't know how to play for a draw, and so we just went out there and played for three points, and so we are pleased," he said.
"I have to lift my hats off to my team," said Bernard. "It wasn't easy coming into this game because St George's rested for a while, and our team was coming off a loss to Holy Trinity and having to play within two days, and so we really went overboard from Saturday night to win this game," he said.
Neville 'Bertis' Bell, coach of St George's, was gracious in defeat.
"We lost to Wolmer's, and so we take our licks," said Bell. "I thought we were playing really well, but we made a bad mistake at the back and they scored that goal, and after that, we didn't recover."