Bradford stars for C'down with hat-trick
Camperdown midfielder Shaquein Bradford is already making a statement as one to watch this season, after netting a hat-trick to lead his team to a 5-1 win over Cumberland in their opening Group C ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup game at the Alpha Boys' School football field yesterday.
The 16-year-old, who is in his second Manning Cup season, restored calm and confidence to the Christopher Bender-coached team with two quick strikes (sixth and eighth minutes) after Cumberland jumped in front two minutes into the contest, thanks to an excellent goal from Bobby McLean. He then sealed the win from the spot on 73 minutes.
Jeovanni Laing (25th) and Roberto Salmon (48th) were the others scorers for Camperdown.
The talented youngster, who is brother of former Camperdown and Boys' Town player Akeem Bradford, said that he has the confidence and motivation to perform at the same level through the season.
"I had a good start, and as the game went on, I felt more confident. This is my first game and my first hat-trick, so now, I just have to put in more work in my game, although I felt I should have done even better," he told The Gleaner afterwards.
ANSWERING THE CALL
"I have no doubt I can perform like this throughout the Manning Cup," he continued. "I just have to work harder. Just like today (Monday), we were behind and I scored the two goals to put them in front. I hope to answer the call like that for my team this season. Although I am a young player, I am confident and I am motivated," he said.
Bradford hopes to continue highlighting his talent so that he can put himself in a position to follow in the footsteps of his main motivator, his brother, Akeem.
"I want to get my CXCs and get a scholarship like my brother and then take it (career) from there," he said.
Coach Bender said that if he stays grounded and focused, he will have a big impact this season.
"I know how first games can go, so I try not to let him get carried away. Once he stays grounded, he will do well because all pre-season, he has been showing this quality, and he has matured, so hopefully, he can continue," he said.
Meanwhile, defending champions Jamaica College will look to shake off their bad start to the season and claim their first win when they play away to neighbours Mona today. The Miguel Coley-coached team drew their opening Group B game on Saturday against St Andrew Technical but will be confident of taking their first three points against Mona High.
St Andrew Technical will look to build on the good result they had against the champion when they play Bridgeport at home.
Hydel 3, Waterford 2
Meadowbrook 2, St Mary's College 1
St George's 7, Tarrant 0
St Catherine 3, Denham Town 0
Vauxhall 1, Kingston Technical 0
Jose Marti 3, Ascot 2
Clan Carthy 2, Edith Dalton James 1
Holy Trinity 3, St Jago 2
Pembroke Hall vs Tivoli Gardens
Haile Selassie vs Wolmer's
Kingston High vs Innswood
Mona vs Jamaica College
STATHS vs Bridgeport
Donald Quarrie vs Papine
Spanish Town vs Greater Portmore
Norman Manley vs Excelsior