Hyatt the hero as Arnett surge

first_imgGoalkeeper Damion Hyatt was flocked by children, some of whom shook his hands, patted him and still others just tried to touch him while declaring their ‘saviour’ man of the Man of the Match.Adults soon joined them and even club chairman, Dr Omar Davies, made his way to the middle of the field to congratulate him and shake his hands.Moments earlier, the 30-year-old goalkeeper had pulled off a fine penalty save to give his team, Arnett Gardens, the three points and a place at the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League as they defeated former leaders Montego Bay United 2-1.Arnett Gardens’ 38 points inched them to one above the vanquished Montego Bay United and Portmore United, who were due to play Harbour View on Monday Night.”It was wonderful performance. I just came up big after my error and coming up big for my team in the dying moments with a penalty save. It is awesome,” said Hyatt perhaps feeling much taller than his just-over-6’0″ frame.Hyatt’s comments were also an acknowledgement of how differently things could have gone. After sailing comfortably into the first half through goals from the impressive Vishunul Harris in the 17th minute and Dicoy Williams in the 24th and ending the half comfortably in the lead, Hyatt conceded a long-range drive from Ronaldo Rodney in the 46th minute in a move that started straight from kick off.fine savesThe former Glengoffe High School star sank straight to the ground, but was quick to pick himself up. And pick himself up he did, as he pulled of off a series of fine saves to keep his team ahead.He saved his best for last as with the minutes ticking away, the outstanding Jabeur Johnson made a rare error in taking away the leg of the hard-running Owayne Gordon inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty. That is when Hyatt gave of his best.Marksman Dino Williams and the competition’s leading scorer stepped up and powered his effort on goal as the small band of travelling Montego Bay United supporters looked on expectantly. The cries of jubilation which went up, however, were from the home fans.leading up to the penalty”I was really feeling disappointed after letting in a soft one and when we gave away the penalty I did not panic or anything. I just took a deep breath and just took one step to my left to throw him off because he saw me looking to my left so I just gave him the right side of the goal and dived to my right,” was how Hyatt described the moment leading up to the penalty and immediately after.”After that, it was an excellent feeling making that save as I helped my team to get a win and move to the top of the table. This can only get better right now. As long as we win the last three games in this round, we will be at least be joint leaders so that is a great feeling,” he continued.The performance, Hyatt said, reignited in him a desire to again be among the Reggae Boyz.”The last time I got called was when (Theodore) Tappa Whitmore was there and I still have hopes of getting back there. I am just 30, so I still have hopes,” he said.Getting there would be something for the man who represented Glengoffe High.”I played for Glengoffe High, the school without a field. I have to big them up because we had no field and for a talent like me to come out of there is really special and I want to do even more,” said the man who had a season of Under-20 football for Constant Spring, and two seasons of senior football with August Town before making his way to Arnett Gardens where he has been for the last nine years.last_img read more

NCAA: Late rally lifts Lyceum past JRU to stay unbeaten

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Arm wrestling looks to climb beyond barroom bragging rights Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img The Pirates went to their star in crunch time as CJ Perez delivered seven of his 30 points in the decisive fourth quarter run that paved way for their 11th win so far. Lyceum doomed the Bombers’ plans for an upset, recovering from 68-83 deficit with seven to play with a 25-6 blast in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Perez, who in pace for a second straight MVP award, also added 16 rebounds to his loot.“JRU played well, but we found a way to get back,” said LPU coach Topex Robinson. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Despite its valiant effort, the Heavy Bombers skidded to 2-9, just ahead of last place San Sebastian. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lyceum came away with an 82-74 win over determined Jose Rizal University to stay unscathed in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Tough times ahead

first_imgDivision I-AA was beefed up by CIF in the off-season to feature most of the Southland’s top girls basketball programs. Amat being only a No. 5 seed should tell fans something about what a difficult task the Valley’s top team faces. “It is way different,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “Every game is going to be competitive.” Covina (25-1) was made the No. 7 seed in Division III-AA and awarded with a home game on Saturday against El Segundo. Covina was untouched in the Valle Vista League this season and hasn’t lost since Dec. 9. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amat opens at home on Saturday night against El Modena. If the Lancers advance, they’ll play either Royal or Orange Lutheran. After that, they might play Lynwood. Teams like nationally-ranked Long Beach Poly, Troy or Brea Olinda then could be coming down the road. “In terms of seeding, it’s seeded just the way it’s been in the polls,” Wiard said. “We were the No. 5 seed in the polls and we were the No. 5 seed when it came out. The teams in front of us are all very good.” The good news for Amat fans is their team enters the postseason playing its best basketball. Amat has won 14 consecutive games. Diamond Ranch (24-1) also changed divisions this season after winning Division III-AA last season. The Panthers were given the No. 2 seed in Division II-AA. Diamond Ranch hosts San Marino on Saturday night and appears headed for another deep run. The Panthers swept the Miramonte League this past season. center_img It won’t be the traditional cake walk for the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team when the CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs begin this week. The Lancers (21-4), who have won three consecutive CIF-Southern Section championships, got their usual first- round home game when playoff pairings were announced on Sunday. But everything else about Amat’s postseason will be markedly different. last_img read more