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Keyes hits form at right time in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Boys' Town's Peter Keyes (centre) gets off a shot as his team mate, Garfeild Gillespie (background) and Tivoli Gardens' Kemar Flemmings (left) look on, during the Red Stripe Premier League football encounter at Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday. Keyes netted twice as Boys' Town won 2-1.

Out-of-form Boys' Town striker, Peter 'Blue' Keyes, justified coach Andrew Price's decision to give him his first start in five games, with two goals that left arch-rivals Tivoli Gardens singing the blues after their fourth straight loss, in a 2-1 defeat at Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

Keyes, who had left Boys' Town for Waterhouse before returning home this season, has played below par and stayed under the radar since returning from Drewsland.

On Sunday, though, he gave an emphatic reminder of his prolific abilities. He opened the scoring for the visitors on 31 minutes with a superbly taken header off Michael Campbell's free-kick.

Tivoli equalised through Ranike Anderson's 55th-minute header and looked more likely to score. But the 28-year-old forward capitalised on some excellent work from strike partner Rafiek Thomas to slot home the winner in the 65th minute.

'I feel good'

"I feel good because I've been in and out of the starting 11, and I finally get back a play, and I have to let the people know that the talent is (still) there; it's just a phase," Keyes remarked.

"But I have picked up back, and I got two goals; and more importantly, we got three points," he added.

The goals were Keyes' first strikes of the season, and it has given his confidence a lift. Now, he is looking to push on and benefit his team in their fight against relegation.

"The team is in a serious position right now, and every point is crucial. So if I can come and score a goal and help us to win and get three points, then I'll do it because that's my job," Keyes stated.

"We come to training every day and put in the hard work because we want to remain in the league, and we want the country to know that Boys' Town is a top team that don't deserve to be in the relegation zone," he admitted.

Price was also happy he chose to start the speedy forward against Tivoli.

"Peter repaid my faith in him. He hasn't been going through a very good patch, but I decided to put him out there, and he really linked up well with Rafiek Thomas and made some good inter plays, and I must commend Peter for getting those two goals for us," Price said.