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Reid aim to keep Sporting alive in Red Stripe Premier League with goals

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMGleaner Writer
Rafiek Thomas of Boys' Townis cleaned up by Rivoli United's Kevin Graham (right) during the tackle Red Stripe Premier League football match at Collie Smith Drive on Sunday. Rivoli won 1-0.

Sporting Central Academy's two-goal hero against Barbican on Sunday, Kemar Reid, says he has the potential to produce match-winning performances more consistently and has no doubts the Clarendon club will escape relegation from the Premier League.

The 21-year-old Phoenix Academy product scored in the 36th and 79th minutes and set up Renoir Elliott for the other on 45 minutes.

"I can continue it (scoring consistently)," he said. "I am training hard, as every day, I want to get better and better, so I have to continue (working hard). I have four goals so far, and the amount of games I have left is the amount of goals I can score."

With the departure of top striker Francois Swaby to parish rivals Humble Lion in January, Sporting seem to be more reliant on Reid's goals.

"It was because of the work of my teammates why I got those two goals, and I feel pleased about that. I feel great about it because where we are coming from; we have been losing a lot, so it was good to get these three points.

 

No relegation

 

"It (three points) was very important, and we are glad for the win. But Sporting is going to avoid it (relegation), so we are not worried," he boldly stated.

Sporting Central's coach, Nigel Stewart, thinks the player has the potential to fill Swaby's boots.

"This is his (Reid) second double; he's doing well, but not often enough. But hats off to him, as it was a good game from him. He has the same amount of goals Swaby has over a couple of rounds, and he hasn't played as much as Swaby, so I think he can (fill Swaby's boots), if you just give him time," he said.

Barbican took the lead on 19 minutes through Dean Phillips, but Sporting Central drew level when Reid headed home from a free kick in the 36th minute. Reid then picked out Elliott to volley past Ashek Taylor in goal.

Kemar Thomas tied the game for Barbican nine minutes after the break with a free kick. But 11 minutes from the end, Reid broke loose and drilled a low shot under Taylor for the win.

Sporting stayed 10th in the table, tied on 30 points with ninth-placed Boys' Town. Reno are 11th on 27 points, and Barbican sit at the bottom on 21.