Schoolboy excited at netting Barbican winner
Promoted Barbican won their 14th match of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season, thanks to 18-year-old schoolboy Shaquille Lewis.
Lewis, a 64th-minute substitute, needed just five minutes on the field to fire his team to a much-deserved win over fourth-place Harbour View.
The Norman Manley High Manning Cupper was over the moon with his performance, even though his club remain rooted at the bottom of the table.
"I feel great. I feel so great, I can't really explain," the schoolboy said with a wide grin on his face.
"I felt it from I was in the changing room and on the bench that I was going to get a goal. I really needed it because I had not scored a Premier League goal before, and I was itching to get out there," explained the young man, who ensured that the Marvin Tate era started positively for the club.
The goal, Lewis said, was a welcome relief for him as few things have gone right for him on the football field this season.
"It is really good to be healthy and playing now because I never had much of a season in the Manning Cup this year as I was injured. Now that I am fit, I want to make the most of it. A tissue was torn in my knee, they said, and that kept me out.
"This is about my sixth or seventh game since the Manning Cup season ended and I was allowed to play in the Premier League," explained the powerfully-built player.
Representing the club in the island's top league, scoring for them and leading them to victory is really special for the Spanish Town resident who has been attached to the club for six years.
"I really wanted to be a part of this. I have been at Barbican since I was 12 years. I have been here since my stepfather, Irvine Munroe, took me up here. He took me here because he has connections with the club as Chris James is his cousin and he felt it was a good place for me to be, where I could play in a safe environment," he said.
With the job taken care of on the field, it is back to classroom for Lewis and he cannot wait.
"When the match ended, I felt really, really great, and to score on television, I know my schoolmates are going to cheer me on at school. They will be excited for me and will be congratulating me, so I am looking forward to going there and getting all that attention from my schoolmates and friends," said the player who has another season in the Manning Cup.
Until that time, Lewis said he will continue to do his best and improve as a player so he can show his class in next season's Manning Cup and eventually live his biggest dream of "representing my country".