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Kerr’s hat-trick underlines STETHS reverse in form

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 6:33 PMPaul Clarke

Western Bureau:

Omar Wedderburn, the St Elizabeth Technical head coach, may have found the missing element in their game, which has seen them log two consecutive wins in the 2015 ISSA-Flow daCosta Cup, after a series of inconsistent performances.

The inconsistency, according to Wedderburn, was as a result of poor playing surfaces that made the STETHS passing game, which features off-the-ball movement from his front men, including striker Michael Kerr, almost redundant.

But the two matches played at home on what is arguably the best school ground in the daCosta Cup competition, STETHS have won both convincingly, with Kerr coming to the fore with seven goals scored.

getting up to speed

"Our struggles was a result of the kind surfaces on which we played; our game is a passing game, with good off-the-ball movement, but we are slowly getting up to speed with all that," Wedderburn said.

"Kerr is certainly in fine mettle at the moment and is always going to be a dangerous player for us, but today you saw how well he played within the system, and the passes were also there," added Wedderburn.

Kerr, popularly called 'Diddy' by his teammates, struck a fine four-timer in his team's 6-0 gutting of Newell last Thursday, and followed that up with a fine hat-trick Saturday at home against group rivals Lacovia.

The burly striker netted in the 29th, 66th and 75th minutes, respectively, to underline his importance to the STETHS cause.

Now that the goals are coming, Wedderburn hopes it continues as they seek to remain ahead of the pack in the hunt for Group E honours and a place in the Inter-Zone round of the competition.

Meanwhile, only one match is scheduled in the daCosta Cup for today, a Group I showdown between York Castle and Steer Town Academy.

Steer Town, who are third in the group standings on seven points, are in need of victory against second-place York Castle (10 points). Both trail leaders Marcus Garvey High (12 pts), with Browns Town, Ocho Rios High and Cedric Titus completing the group.