Burgess’s West Ham dream broken in two
Edry Moore's horror tackle broke more than Jahkeylo Burgess's right leg on Thursday, it also left his cousin's West Ham United dream in tatters.
Burgess had been due to attend trials at the Premier Division club next month, but is now facing up to six months on the sidelines.
The two clashed during the senior boys Bermuda Schools Federation Knockout final at National Stadium, which Burgess's CedaBridge Academy side won 2-1.
Moore, who was playing for Berkeley Institute, jumped two-footed into the tackle, snapping his cousins leg in two places.
Speaking from his hospital bed yesterday, Burgess said that he has yet to notify West Ham about his injury, and remains hopeful that he can still go through with trials with them, after he recovers from an injury that marred Cedarbridge's come from behind victory.
“It was a 50-50 challenge and he slid and he didn't touch the ball,” Burgess said. “He caught my leg with a two-footed tackle with studs up and all, and no foul was called or nothing.
“At first I just thought it was a little knock, but I couldn't get up so I knew it had to be serious. It was a clean break to both bones in my lower right leg. It was extremely painful, and making matters worst I had trials in January with West Ham United in England.”
Moore escaped a booking for the dangerous tackle, let alone being sent off, but opted to be substituted shortly after Burgess, who made his senior debut for Devonshire Colts recently, was taken off the pitch on a stretcher
“He is my little cousin and told me that he didn't mean it,” Burgess said. “He was trying to get the ball in a tackle and it was unfortunate. He called me and plans to visit me in hospital.”
In his absence, Cedarbridge came from behind to put an end to Berkeley's four-year unbeaten streak as BSSF champions through goals from Keishon Bean, and Jomeko Mallory, who replaced the injured Burgess.
Jahnazae Swan, the Dandy Town forward, gave Berkeley a deserved lead when he slotted home in the 35th minute.
After the match, Cedarbridge dedicated their triumph to Burgess who underwent surgery and is now on the road to recovery.
“A couple of my team-mates came to the hospital to see me afterwards and told me they won for me,” Burgess said. “They even had a prayer for me in school today.”
•North Village Rams will take on PHC in the semi-finals of the Friendship Trophy.
The two teams who have dominated the competition since its inception 50 years ago, will come together once again next Sunday at PHC Field.
Village won the first of their 11 titles when they beat Wellington Rovers 1-0 in the first final. PHC, meanwhile, have won the trophy ten times.
In the other semi-final Somerset Trojans, who have also won the trophy ten times, will take on Hamilton Parish on Boxing Day at Bernard Park.
In the first game of the Boxing Day double-header, Young Men's Social Club, who were beaten in the final of the First Division Shield last season, will take on X-Roads as they look to go one better this time around.
Also vying for a spot in the Shield final are St George's and BAA, who clash at PHC Field on Sunday.