Phipps pow­ers Haile Se­lassie to cru­cial win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Gleaner Writer

St Catherine High School play­ers Ra­heem An­der­son (left in blue) and She­mar Yee (hid­den) chal­lenge Haile Se­lassie High’s goalscorer Ri­cardo Phipps, while Da­vany Mor­gan (right) looks on dur­ing their resched­uled ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup game at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex yes­ter­day. Haile Se­lassie won 5-0. CAP­TAIN RI­CARDO Phipps’ vi­tal hat-trick kept Haile Se­lassie High in the hunt for a Group K semi-fi­nal spot in the ISSAFLOW Man­ning Cup, af­ter they con­demned lowly St Catherine High to a com­pre­hen­sive 5-0 loss at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex yes­ter­day.

It was a resched­uled fix­ture that had been rained out last week.

Phipps, who was front and cen­tre in most of his team’s at­tack­ing plays, opened the scor­ing in­side eight min­utes, dou­bled in the 30th, and fin­ished his first hat-trick of the sea­son in the 51st minute, push­ing his tally to eight goals this sea­son.

Haile Se­lassie was re­bound­ing from a 2-1 de­feat to St Ge­orge’s Col­lege in their open­ing sec­on­dround game.

“I think we per­formed

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IIHaile Se­lassie 5 ,St Catherine 0

ex­cel­lent and worked for it. We wanted six goals and our only dis­ap­point­ment was not get­ting it,” Phipps told The Gleaner.

“We want to go all out to beat Wolmer’s and ad­vance to the semi-fi­nals so we will try and put in hard work, and just have to be fo­cused,” he con­tin­ued.

The other scor­ers were Theon Palmer in the 28th and Marvin Em­manuel (45th).

Haile Se­lassie, who needed to beat St Catherine, did so eas­ily against an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team, that did not hold up de­fen­sively or pose much of an at­tack­ing threat.

The win­ners will next line up against group lead­ers Wolmer’s Boys this Thurs­day at the same venue start­ing at 3 p.m. Only a win will do for Haile Se­lassie, who have a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence com­pared to Thurs­day’s op­po­nents, while Wolmer’s sim­ply need to avoid de­feat to ad­vance.

Wolmer’s, firm favourites to qual­ify, are yet to con­cede a goal, and have six points from their two games played.

In­terim Haile Se­lassie coach Ju­dith Wyn­ter, who ad­mit­ted to jour­nal­ists the team will be look­ing a new coach next year, said she was im­pressed with the “dis­ci­plined per­for­mance of her team.

.“We al­ways want to try and win a trophy, and we in­tend to go through to the fi­nal. There is no pres­sure, and I think we can beat Wolmer’s if we play dis­ci­pline d(foot­ball),” she said.

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