Flemmings basks in moment of success
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Defender Kemar Flemmings was beside himself on Sunday night.
The 27-year-old Tivoli Gardens defender had scored in his second successive Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game and his team had secured their second successive win in the competition.
The 2-1 victory improved Tivoli Gardens' points tally to eight, improved their standing to seventh and reduced their goal difference to -1.
Their points tally is nine behind leaders Cavalier, who had earlier beaten Arnett Gardens 2-0 in the opening match of the National Stadium double-header. Another in-form striker, Girvan Brown (44th, 45+1), netted the goals.
For the feature game wingback Flemmings, a Tivoli Gardens man through and through, scoring and winning represented the continuation of something wonderful.
"I feel great about this victory. It was a great performance by the team and we just have to give thanks and praise to the Almighty Father. He is the man. If it was not for him then this would not have been possible for us to get the three points," an overjoyed Flemmings told The Gleaner as he clutched his 24-pack Busta drink, his reward for being named Man of the Match.
Flemmings' first goal of the season came in their 2-1 win over Reno and his second gave them an identical 2-1 win over Boys' Town, for whom 17-year-old Shamar Nicholson scored. Ranike Anderson had fired Tivoli Gardens into the lead in the 18th minute, before Nicholson drew his team level in the 54th. Then Flemmings' beauty claimed the points.
"It is a good run that we are on and we are going to keep going at it. What we have achieved is good, but we are not satisfied with this. We have to go back to the drawing board and keep working hard at it," said the man who played schoolboy football for Tivoli Gardens High, advancing to the quarter-final round of the Manning Cup and the semi-final round of the Walker Cup in 2004.
Like most play the sport professionally, Flemmings said his aim is to don the colours of the national team.
"I am continuing to work hard and waiting to get a call for the national team. I will keep working harder and harder to get it.
"The Caribbean Cup comes up in November and I would love to get an opportunity. I am really working hard and looking for that opportunity," said the man who first represented his club at the Under-15 level and have remained loyal.
His chances of breaking into to the national set up, he reasons, is pretty good, as there is only one local player who measures up to him, he believes.
"It will be tough, but I have to keep doing what I am doing. As a local player the man I think I am competing against is Xavian Virgo of Boys' Town. He is the only one who I think is close to me in terms of performance right now and he works hard too, but for me I am confident the hard work will pay off," said Flemmings.