Bizarre own-goal dents Hy­del hopes

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

DE­SPITE A sparkling third minute opener from Tray McKay, Hy­del High con­ceded a bizarre stop­page-time equaliser to for­mer cham­pi­ons Cal­abar High School, end­ing their ISSAFLOW Man­ning Cup Group G en­counter in a 2-2 draw at the Red Hills Road-based in­sti­tu­tion yes­ter­day.

McKay took the onus on him­self, started a di­rect at­tack, drib­bled into the penalty box and clev­erly tucked away his open­ing strike in­side three min­utes.

He has scored six goals so far this sea­son and is look­ing for­ward to help­ing his team qual­ify for the sec­ond round.

“I feel good to score, I re­ally do as I was not at 100 per­cent fit as I had the flu, but I was just glad to go out there and play for my school,” he said.

“I am go­ing out there to give it my A game against St Jago and hope I can help us win the game,” the player told The Gleaner about their next match.

The other scorer for Hy­del was Brad Tul­ley, who tapped in an 88th minute fin­ish, clev­erly sup­plied by his cap­tain Maleek Camp­bell.

BIZARRE END­ING

It was a bizarre end­ing for Hy­del’s cap­tain, Camp­bell, how­ever, who bril­liantly set up one goal, clev­erly made a full stretch save in the first half, then saw an aerial ball take a cruel de­flec­tion off his head and an in for an own goal in stop­page time.

He was in­con­solable af­ter the game, as he broke into tears.

Cal­abar, who are out of con­tention for a spot in the sec­ond round, scored in the 73rd minute through De­vaughn Gor­don and equalised via the own goal in stop­page time (90+4 min­utes).

The re­sult has halted Hy­del’s pro­gres­sion to the sec­ond round, which leaves them with a must-win game against sec­ond place St Jago High, at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval, to­mor­row.

The group’s au­to­matic qual­i­fiers are front-run­ners Bridgeport High. St Jago High fol­low with a 1-0 win over Cum­ber­land on 19 points and Hy­del 16, cour­tesy of yes­ter­day’s draw.

Cal­abar High’s coach, Li­jyasu Simms, said: “I like the fight from my team, it was a re­ally good fight and there are some pos­i­tives we will take from this sea­son.”

Coach Dono­van Duckie ac­cused the ref­eree for wrong­fully de­cid­ing the out­come of the game by re­fus­ing him a late sub­sti­tu­tion.

“The ref­eree should be ashamed of him­self,” he blasted.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Hy­del’s Maleek Camp­bell (left) makes a slid­ing tackle on Cal­abar High’s Javone Fran­cis dur­ing their ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball clash on Mon­day at Cal­abar. The game ended 2-2.

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