Three cheers for Jaheel Hyde!
...As U-17s pound Bermuda 5-0 in CFU WC Qualifiers
JAMAICA'S Under-17 footballers, who opened their CFU Under-17 World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 5-0 hammering of Bermuda on Wednesday evening, will turn their attention to see what their next opponent Antigua and Barbuda have to offer when the latter play Bermuda at 6:00 pm at the Waterhouse Stadium.
Head coach Wendell Downwell told the Jamaica Observer he was at a disadvantage prior to the Bermuda match, but will get a chance to scout the Antiguan team before their match-up on Sunday.
"We were at a distinct disadvantage because we didn't get an opportunity to see the Bermudan team, but we will get an opportunity to see them (Antigua) and from that we can see what tactical approach to use," he pointed out.
But Downswell didn't need to see much of Bermuda as his charges ran riot in an easy 5-0 win and it was clear from the first few minutes that they would be no match for the young Reggae Boyz.
Wolmerian Jaheel Hyde, the son of the outstanding Lenworth Hyde, grabbed a three-timer in the 15th, 28th and 60th minutes in a display watched by his illustrious father.
Captain Junior Flemmings scored in the 51st minute, while US-based Michael Seaton of DC United Academy and Central High, got his goal in the 70th minute before being substituted three minutes later.
"I am very happy that we have made a positive start as you know... our first game, they may be a little bit apprehensive in the fact that we had a large percentage of them making their international debut," said coach Downwell.
"So we are pretty satisfied with the performance, we could have scored some more goals... if we were more clinical around the 18-yard box," he added.
Jamaica, as expected, jumped to the top of the three-team group with maximum three points. Bermuda are pointless, while Antigua and Barbuda who arrived on Thursday, will play their first match.
Jamaica, who are on a mission to qualify back-to-back FIFA Under-17 World Cup, were clearly the better team and should have won by a much wider margin.
Wolmer's Boys' prodigy, Hyde, starting at left midfield, opened the scoring with a brilliant 350-metre effort after the goalkeeper's clearance fell to him.
He doubled Jamaica's advantage in the 28th minute, skipping by two defenders and calmly slotting home and grabbed his three-timer from a 30-metre free-kick, which eluded everyone and nestled into the side of the goal in the 60th minute.
Seaton notched his first goal after latching onto a Junior Flemmings' pass and fired past the advancing goalkeeper. He got his second, nodding home from close range.
Jamaica will be in action again on Sunday when they play Antigua and Barbuda at 7:00 pm at the Waterhouse Stadium.