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Trench Town schoolboy leads BT to first win

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM
file Rafeik Thomas ... scored for Boys' Town.

Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

It would have been very difficult to find a happier person at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday night than Trench Town schoolboy Shamar Nicholson.

The 17-year-old scored the opening goal for Boys' Town in the 77th minute and set them on their way to their first win of the season - 2-0 over Humble Lion. Rafeik Thomas scored the second in injury time to confirm the win, which lifted Boys' Town from bottom of the table in the 12-team league to seventh.

"To score on my debut is fantastic. I feel like a king. I will be the talk of the town now," gushed the young man who was only recently spearheading the attack for Trench Town in the Manning Cup competition.

His performance, Nicholson said, was not surprising to him.

"I did expect it because I was scoring a lot in training, and a whole lot more will come from me," the confident young six-footer who is a member of Jamaica's current Under-20 squad said.

A Boys' Town 'man' through and through, Nicholson has worked his way up the ranks and longed to represent his community club.

"I first played for Boys' Town at the Under-13 level when I was 11. When I started playing, I was a midfielder, but coach Micky Hardware said I was a forward and started playing me there, and it has worked for me.

"Earlier this year, I was the leading scorer for Boys' Town in the Under-17s with 15 goals. I was also the leading scorer for the Under-20s with about five or six goals, but we did not play many matches because the season was short because of the World Cup," the fifth-form student pointed out.

Observing his hometown team in local competition for some time, Nicholson said he realised that the team lacked an out-and-out goal scorer and said he vowed to be that person.

"I was watching Boys' Town from the stands, and I realised that we needed a goal scorer, and I said to myself that I wanted to be that man. When I started training with the senior team, coach Price encouraged me, as he said that I had all that I needed to be a goal scorer.

"Even tonight he really showed that he believed in me. He really pushed me. He said that if I wasn't good enough, then he would not have started me, and this relaxed me and gave me the confidence to perform, and I made sure to do it for him tonight," explained the youngster who expects to succeed as a professional.