Daley aims for 10 goals
William Knibb Memorial High School’s captain and forward Christo-Jay Daley, is hoping for at least 10 goals in this season’s ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup.
Daley has scored two hat-tricks in three games so far this season, and it has become the school’s main hope to have a deep run in the competition this season. He has also set a timeline for how soon he wants this tally of 10 goals.
“I want to score at least 10 in the group stage and then take it from there, but right now, I am just taking it one step at a time,” Daley told The Gleaner. “I want to see if I can get up to 10 goals if possible in the next five games.”
Daley missed out on scoring his third hat-trick of the season after scoring the lone goal in William Knibb’s 1-0 win over Cedric Titus on Tuesday. He netted hat-tricks in their 4-1 and 4-0 wins over Holland and Herbert Morrison, respectively.
But while optimistic about adding to his total, the national under-17 representative is being realistic about his objective.
FOCUSED ON SCORING
“It is always a challenge, but I (am) just focusing on scoring some goals for my team. Yes, I’m looking forward to scoring a lot more goals going forward in the competition. However, I’m just looking to take it one game at a time.
“The duty is mine to lead the team out of the group and on to greater things because the coach appointed me captain. A lot is expected of me out there, not just scoring goals, so I want to lead from the front,” he added.
His coach, Dwight Jeremiah, is happy to have a player of his calibre and praises the talent he displays despite his short stature.
“He is really the poster boy for this team,” Jeremiah said. “He is an immense talent. He is not the biggest fellow, but technically, he is absolutely massive. He will carry this team a long way as long as he stays fit. My only concern is for the other boys to step in because he can’t score a hat-trick every day, just like [on Tuesday], he only scored one. No accolades are too much for him at this level, and I think he is going to be the Daley people will talk about this season,” Jeremiah said.
Daley also won the Trelawny FA Under-18 competition last month with Holland FC.
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Will Knibb 3 3 0 0 9 1 8 9
2 Herb Morrison 4 1 2 1 5 8 -3 5
3 Spot Valley 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4 Cedric Titus 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 3
5 Holland 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1