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Forward credits team effort for Clarendon's good start

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 9:00 AMPaul Clarke
Clarendon College's Joel Sterling in action against Edwin Allen High during the opening match of the 2015-16 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup football competition, at Montego Bay Sports Complex last Saturday.
Clarendon College player Joel Sterling
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Western Bureau:

Eighteen-year-old Joel Sterling shares the same surname with a very famous Jamaica-born England international, Raheem Sterling; and like the Manchester City attacking midfielder, he enjoys scoring goals.

The Clarendon College striker has already struck a fine patch of form, netting five times in two matches in the 2015 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup. His hat-trick against Group H rivals Edwin Allen that helped his team to a big 6-1 victory in the first match of the season was something special.

He followed up that performance with a superb brace in Clarendon's 6-0 rout of Kellits High on Wednesday. His talent is obvious and is definitely one to watch in this year's competition.

Sterling, despite his success so far, has remained grounded and humble. He told The Gleaner that while he scores the goals, victory is always a team effort.

"When we win it's never because I score. It's because the team played a part in me being able to score. We are a tight bunch of players who believe in each other's ability," said Joel.

"It is a great experience for me so far," the first-time daCosta Cup player added.

Sterling (Joel) clearly loves football but speaks of the need for a proper education. He is eyeing a scholarship to a United States-based college where he intends to further his education, but is in no way planning to stop playing football.

He reasoned that football can help garner the scholarship he desires and is planning on a professional career.

"But once I am through playing professionally, I will have a good education to fall back on," the level-headed player noted.

But five goals in two matches, while a decent return, the striker wants much more. He is targeting no less than 25 goals in what will be his only daCosta Cup season, and he has former Clarendon College star player Kevin Deere to thank.

"I have Deere as my role model. He was a very good player here, and because of that, my game has developed," Sterling reasoned.

"We have a very good chance of defending our title, and I do not see us losing it. So the next game we are going out there to enjoy ourselves and play good, attacking football," he said.