Maverley Hughenden striker Romario Bryan says team wants to go all the way
Maverley/Hughenden striker Romario Bryan

Romario Bryan’s 13th strike of the KSAFA/Campari Major League season can only be described as a “worldie” and it would make anyone who loves the game of football proud, including the major sponsor of his club Maverley/Hughenden, the Jamaican-born, England international, Raheem Sterling.

With his team leading 2-1 and mere ticks on the clock before the half time whistle was due to be blown, Bryan who received a pass from his teammate on the left wing, cut inside his marker and let fly a belter from 40 yards that sailed over the head of Ajoham Joseph in the New Kingston goal and into the back of the net to give his team a comfortable 3-1 lead going into the break.

It was the second goal of the match for Bryan who had put his team 2-1 ahead with a header in the 32nd minute, as they rallied from a goal down to beat New Kingston FC 5-1 and advance to Sunday’s final against Mountain View FC, who sealed their spot in the final last week Thursday.

In describing his effort as “lucky” Bryan said that he just decided to have a pop to see what would happen.

“The first goal that we scored, I realized that the ball just skid off the surface and beat the goalkeeper, so I just had a go at it and it was lucky,” he explained.

Despite the brilliance of the goal, the striker does not consider the goal on Thursday night as his best effort of the season.

“Good goals come on good pitches. I have scored two beautiful goals on this pitch. I scored one against Police (Nationals) and one today, but I think the one against Police was better.”

Bryan said that the team has come together at the right time of the season and thinks that has helped them to reach to the final, but he refused to make any predictions about the way he thinks the match will end.

“We have gelled together now, fully. I am not going to say anything, but on Sunday we will see what happens.”

To reach his goal target for the season, Bryan must score two more goals in the final and that will be his aim in the championship match.

“I am trying to finish on 15 (goals). I am on 13 now, so at least two more on Sunday would be good,” he said.

Before the start of the season, Raheem Sterling, who began his football career as a little boy playing at Maverley/Hughenden FC, made a significant contribution to the club through his sponsors New Balance and Bryan says that has lifted everyone at the club significantly.

“It has been a good push. Everyone is trying to put in their effort, everyone put in 100 per cent, trying to make the sponsors feel proud and this is our best season so far and we are trying to go all the way. To lift the trophy (on Sunday) would be a joy.”

The Major League final will be played on Sunday at the Stadium East Field starting at 5:00pm.

Dwayne Richards

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