Debutants Barbican hold Boys' Town
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Newcomers Barbican battled to a 1-1 draw against Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second-round match at Collie Smith Drive Complex yesterday.
Barbican began life in top-flight football in a positive way. They had to wait until yesterday for their first match as the game against Waterhouse on opening day was postponed. Waterhouse had five players away on national duties.
The debutants took the lead when Lennox Russell netted in the 41st minute. However, the home side fought back and levelled the scores, courtesy of Garfield Gillespie in the 52nd minute.
The result was a fair one as both teams missed many clear chances. Boys' Town's André Dawson missed a sitter in the closing minute of the game.
Coach of Barbican, Junior Francis, said his team came for three points but was satisfied with a draw away from home.
"We came for three points, but it is always difficult to win at Boys' Town," Francis told The Gleaner.
"Boys' Town are a fighting team. However, we never planned to play defensive. We got some clear chances, so we need to work on finishing," he added
"We are not in the league to participate, but to be competitive. Now, we'll prepare for the next encounter," Francis noted.
Meanwhile, Boys' Town's coach, Andrew Price, pointed out that his team's fitness level improved after last week's opening round 3-0 away defeat to Sporting Central.
"Well, our fitness improved, and we showed more intensity today," Price said.
"We got a lot of easy opportunities, but the players were lethargic in front of goal. We need to work on our finishing for the next game," he reasoned.
Boys' Town 1 Barbican 1
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