The teenager guarding the goal for Dinthill Technical High School, Demero Hill, is among the smallest in stature in this season’s ISSA\WATA daCosta Cup Football Competition.
But the native of Treadways in Linstead, St Catherine, is big on talent.
He also exudes enough confidence to sometimes imbue a bit of comedy in goalkeeping – something that makes him even more fascinating to watch at work.
“I developed a love for football from a young age,” Demero explained. “Growing up as an only boy in the household, football helped me to be among boys. It really helps me in a lot of ways.”
Demero, an upper sixth former at Dinthill, told The Beacon that he has been the goalkeeper for his school since 2016.
Dinthill made the semi-finals last year, and is now miraculously in the quarterfinals of the competition following an unusually poor start.
In the first round, Dinthill won only the final match on field. However, it advanced after picking up six points off the field due to a breach by one of it competitors – Charlemont High.
Dinthill, however, has a relatively rich football history, having won the competition in 1979 and 1981.
Another overall victory this year would mean a lot for Demero, who is playing his final schoolboy football season.
Asked if he is interested in moving on to become an international footballer, the 18-year-old replied: “If that opportunity comes, I will grab it with both hands.”
Demero holds a total of seven CXC subjects, and will pursue four this year.
“Hopefully those subjects plus my ability will carry me to a college so I can go forward,” he told The Beacon.
Demero said he is a big fan of Argentina’s football icon Lionel Messi.
Messi, by any stretch of the imagination, is not a bad footballer for the youngster to emulate.
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