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Jonté Smith scores hat-trick as St George’s win FA Cup but Village finish with eight men

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The joys of victory: St George's Colts celebrate winning the FA Cup (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

North Village 0 St George’s 4

Jonté Smith scored a hat-trick to propel St George’s to their first FA Cup success by stunning eight-man North Village at the Dame Flora Duffy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Two goals in either half, with Blaiz Hall’s penalty supplementing Smith’s heroics, were more than enough to see off Village, who had three players sent off and round off a dismal week after losing the Premier Division title decider 3-2 to PHC at the same stadium on Tuesday night.

Kenny Thompson’s side, who went into the final hunting for their eleventh title, had Tre Ming, Troy Tucker and Jalen Harvey sent off by referee Amaury Majors in the second half to compound their woes.

Smith, who could have scored four goals had his first-half penalty not been saved by Detre Bell, spoke of what it means to win silverware for St George’s.

Hat-trick hero: Jonté Smith celebrates his FA Cup final hat-trick (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

“It means a lot for us to win the FA Cup and we’ve been working hard, grinding to win a trophy for this club,’’ Smith said.

“This community’s been through a lot of hurt these last few years. We lost a lot of young footballers and a lot of young, talented, intelligent individuals.

“St George’s is a community and we’ve been working hard and pulling together to have a moment like this to celebrate for all of them.

Hat-trick hero: Jonté Smith takes a shot at goal under the challenge of North Village's Jaizel Smith-DeShields (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

Smith revealed the mental strength it took to overcome missing that first-half penalty, which was saved by Village goalkeeper Detre Bell.

“No striker wants to miss a penalty, but at the end of the day bad moments don’t define your performance,’’ Smith said.

“One bad moment gave me the hunger to go on and score more goals. That’s probably the first penalty I've missed in about 30. It happens but you’ve just got to have the right mentality and a good group of players behind you to keep you going.

“We knew going into the final that Village had a hard week. It was a tough week for them physically and mentally, so we knew we had to start fast, ideally get the first goal and put pressure on them.”

Kashe Hall, the St George’s captain was keen to point out the togetherness possessed by the St George’s squad.

“We worked hard, stayed together and stayed positive,’’ Hall said. “Normally we concede a goal and lose focus, but I think staying positive is what kept us in the game.

North Village's Troy Tucker, with ball in hand, gets a yellow card by referee Amaury Majors (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

“We’ve had a tough few years, losing Freddy Hall and Osagi Bascome. This victory is really for them and all the youth around looking up to us.”

St George’s coach Jarreau Hayward saluted his players for the determination as he takes place in history at St George’s.

“Congratulations to the players and they deserved it,” Hayward said.

“It’s been a lot of hard work and they deserved it. They showed up today and did what I asked them. They know who they are, we know who they are and now the whole island knows who they are.”

Jalen Harvey, right, goes into a challenge with Manoj Paynter (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

Hayward revealed his players had not been given extra motivation by Ming’s pre-match comments.

“We were already inspired,’’ the St George’s coach said. “Everything that we needed was already innate inside of us and any extra motivation would not have added to the commitment we already had within ourselves, our club and our community.

“This is years of hard work coming to fruition now and, to be honest, this is not the last. So, we’re looking to the next step.”

Blaiz Hall, mesmerising for St George’s during the 90 minutes, started things off with a brilliant run on the left to send the ball into the box for Smith to open the scoring in the nineteenth minute.

Village responded immediately, with Jahquil Hill tipping Harvey’s close range header over the bar in the 22nd minute.

Smith had a great opportunity to extend his side’s lead when Majors, after a few seconds of hesitation, pointed to the spot after Paul Simons tumbled inside the box. Bell dived to his right to save the penalty to keep Village in the match and gathered the ball when Smith went for the rebound.

In the 33rd minute, Smith had his second goal with the forward poking the ball in after some lovely work from the St George’s captain.

One of the match’s talking points came in the 54th minute when Jaizel Smith-DeShields handled the ball before he scored. Majors first pointed to the centre and even allowed St George’s to restart, only for the referee to disallow the goal after some consultations.

Village were reduced to ten men in the 75th minute, with Majors not taking kindly to Ming questioning his decision to award St George’s a second penalty when Blaiz Hall was impeded by Tarreko Wilson.

Hall made sure from the spot to put the result beyond doubt despite Bell almost stopping the ball with his legs.

Tucker became the second Village to see red three minutes before the end. Already on a yellow card earned in the first half, Tucker received his second booking for bringing down Manoj Paynter.

Smith completed his hat-trick a minute into stoppage time when he got the ball behind Bell.

Harvey became the third Village player sent off in the 93rd minute. Having been booked for a 78th minute push on Paynter, the winger picked up a red card for showing dissent soon after winning his team a free kick.

Village goalkeeper Bell was also shown a red card after the final whistle for showing his displeasure towards the official.


St George’s: Smith 19, 33, 90+1, Hall 75 pen


North Village


Detre Bell

Saved a Jonté Smith penalty in the first half to keep the deficit at a single goal. Not so fortunate with other attempts and sent off after final whistle. 5


Kyler Knights

Had a nightmare n on the right side against Blaiz Hall and often beaten for pace and skill. 3

Terryn Fray

Exposed for his slowness of foot and inability to adequately cover for team-mates’ mistakes. 4

Terriko Wilson

Inserted into the starting line-up as a replacement for Jordan Outerbridge, but had little impact as defence conceded four goals. 5


Jalen Harvey

Had a 22nd minute goal-bound header expertly saved and was among the few Village players not overawed. Appeared fed up at the end and seemed to welcome red card and early exit from the arena. 5

Liam Evans

Did his usual sideways play, while attempting to lend band-aid assistance to a defence that needed major surgery. 5

Troy Tucker

Like the rest of the midfield was frustrated and outplayed. Eventually committed second bookable offence that led to red card. 4

Tre Ming

Heart still willing but body showing the ravages of time. Asked for the early shower granted by referee Majors’ red card. 4

Tah-mi Williams

A miserable day at the office, trying to help contain Blaiz Hall. 4


Daion Swan-DeSilva

Shackled by St George’s tight marking and became increasingly frustrated by inability to separate and find space. 5

Jaizel Smith-DeShields

Missed two golden opportunities in the second half to bring Village back into contention. Like the rest was flat for much of the contest. 5


Adio DeShield

Replaced Evans in 63rd minute but did little to alter the play. 5

Jai Bean

Replaced Jaizel Smith-DeShields in 78th minute

London Steede

Replaced Tah-mi Williams in 78th minute.

St George’s


Jahquil Hill

Made crucial save to deny Village shortly after taking the lead. Alert and positioned himself well to save two wind-assisted crosses under pressure. Kept clean sheet. 8


Jarazinho Basset

Stuck to the basics of defending and helped his team to secure a shut-out. 6

Amon Joaquin Simons

Rose to the big day occasion and did not look intimidated. Partnered Burgess in the center-back to cancel out any Village attacks. 7

Tyrell Burgess

Rock in the centre of the defence and made some timely tackles to nullify any threat. 8

Manoj Paynter

No sign of game day jitters and done his job well to recover to break up a promising attack. 7


Drewonde Bascome

Holding midfielder that stabilized the center of the park and made some timely interceptions. 7

Ryan King

Challenged with some tough tackles and was booked in his own half to break up an attack. 6

Kashe Hall

Captained his team to their first FA Cup Trophy. Combined well with his brother to penetrate and terrorize down the left flank. Good dribbling skills which kept Village under constant threat. 8

Blaiz Hall

Energetic and lively. Teamed with his brother to terrorize Village defence. Set up opening goal with individual dribbling brilliance and scored his team’s third from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box on a quick counter-attack. 8

Paul Simons

Held ball up well to get in the box to force foul for opening penalty. Missed breakaway early second half to blow the game away. 6


Jonté Smith

A poacher who composed himself to take all three goals well for his hat-trick including a cheeky backheel for the second. Missed a penalty with a soft touch easily saved by the goalkeeper but scored when it mattered most. 9


Nzari Paynter

Came on for Basset in 88th minute

Ernest Signor

Came on for Smith in 91st minute

Ratings by Anthony Mouchette and Patrick Bean

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Published April 08, 2024 at 7:19 am (Updated April 09, 2024 at 8:07 am)

Jonté Smith scores hat-trick as St George’s win FA Cup but Village finish with eight men

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