Primary school football has kicked off and Triple C started impressively with captain Romario Dixon hitting a hat-trick.
On a sunny Saturday morning Triple C beat visitors North Side 5-0 in an Under-11 match and it was Dixon who lead the way with two first half goals and a marvelous third after the break. Anyone called Romario should be a good footballer and this special kid has not let down the Brazilian legend. He showed touches of a much older child and always looked composed, a sign of an exceptional talent.
North Side deserve immense praise. They started the game with only seven out of nine and didn’t have a full complement until after the break. Yet they never stopped trying and prevented Triple C from scoring a lot more with some resolute defending and superb saves.
Dixon’s strike partner Tariq Barnes scored one and Jean-Paul South got the other Triple C goal. Barnes showed exceptional skill and determination for a nine-year-old against mainly older, bigger kids. He and Dixon are definitely players to watch out for in the future.
Dixon, 10, said: ‘I’m very pleased. We did better than our first match last year.’
Barnes said: ‘We’ve got Prospect next week. I think we can beat them. Why? Because we’re the best!’
Triple C coach Spencer Merren said: ‘I’m happy with the players, the way they played considering I’ve only had two weeks to prepare them. We didn’t have a chance to have a practice match and also we were missing two or three of our better players.
‘Tariq and Romario did really well. Romario in particular can carry the ball really well. He’s got pretty good vision for his age. Tariq is a little bit younger. He actually plays U-9s as well. I heard that Prospect usually has a good team so that should be a good bit more difficult than this game. ‘North Side showed a lot of spirit. None of them gave up. They went out there to give their best and always tried. You can’t ask for more than that from kids. They got stuck in there, unfortunately they started with only seven and it would have been a lot closer if they’d started with a full team.’