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Sterling hat-trick powers Clarendon to big daCosta Cup win

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Clarendon College's goalscorer, Joel Sterling (right), is tackled from behind by Edwin Allen's Raynard Broon during the opening match of the 2015-16 ISSA-Flow daCosta Cup football competition, at Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.


Edwin Allen entered their opening ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Group H football match against defending champions Clarendon College feeling pretty good about their chances. Their got one consolation - a successful penalty kick that was scored by Khimani Orr in the 26th minute.

Joel Sterling left them travelling home feeling blue as he netted a hat-trick to lead Clarendon College to a 6-1 win.

It began as expected. The champions were in a no-nonsense mood and quickly began to make their presence felt.

In the sixth minute, Sterling fired home his first goal to give Clarendon College the lead. His second came in minute 69, and his third on the 77th-minute mark.

Before then, Orr was asked to take a penalty awarded by the referee after a defender was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area. He converted to make things a little more interesting.

Thereafter, it was a matter of how many more goals the Paul 'Tegat' Davis-coached Clarendon College would score.

That question was answered in emphatic style when forward Seigle Knight fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1 in the 27th minute, then at minute 35, as Roger Russell added his name to the scoresheet when his shot beat Edwin Allen's Kajay Johnson in goal.


Sterling's show


Clarendon came out in the second half looking for more and they got it in the 63rd minute when Knight blasted home his second, and his team's fourth, against an Edwin Allen team that looked dazed, due to the ease at which Clarendon carved through their defence.

Thereafter, it was Sterling's show. The sure-footed forward was dangerous in every attack and managed to close out his hat-trick with a lot of time left on the clock.

"There is more to come from me this season," said Sterling. "I am working hard. The team is working hard and we need to defend the title.

"Scoring three goals in any match is a great feeling, so right now, I am enjoying it. But we will refocus for our next game against Kellits on Wednesday," Sterling added.

Davis was full of praise for his young striker, calling the result an outstanding one on which to build the season.

"We won with a big margin, but it wasn't as easy as it seemed. Every game in this group is like a derby, so it requires a special sort of attention from us. Today, the boys did well and now that we have bagged our first win, we are going to keep rolling," said Davis.