Messam Jr makes perfect fit for St George’s
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 64th
minutes, 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.
Portmore 1 Hydel 1
Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0
Papine 1 Cumberland 1
St George's 9 KTHS 0
Innswood 2 Ardenne 0
Denham Town 1 Eltham 0
Excelsior 4 Ascot 0
Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2
Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0
Penwood vs Charlie Smith
St Mary's College vs STATHS
Kingston High vs Bridgeport
St Jago vs Mona
Jose Marti vs Campion
Camperdown vs Waterford
All games start at 3:30.pm.