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McDonald looking to transition goalscoring form in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMNodley Wright

Promoted Barbican remained rooted at the foot of the Red Stripe Premier League table despite recording a rare win - 2-1 over second-placed Waterhouse at the Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday night.

Charlie Smith schoolboy Bebeto McDonald and team captain Ramone McGregor provided the killer blows for Barbican in the 36th and 64th minutes, respectively, while Waterhouse captain Damarley Samuels scored in the 37th minute.

With the win, 12th-placed Barbican moved to within three points of 11th-placed Reno, who were due to play leaders Arnett Gardens last night.

"I feel proud of myself that I was able to contribute to the win," 19-year-old McDonald said of his performance.

"As a youngster coming into the league, you have to work hard, and I am working very hard to get more playing time. This goal will help to keep me there (in the team)," he added, with a bright smile.

That Sunday night's strike was his first Premier League goal made the occasion extra special for McDonald, who became available for his club at the end of the schoolboy season.

"I have scored for the team before in the Jackie Bell Knock Out, but this is my first goal in the Premier League, and it is a great moment for me," said the player who has featured five times so far for the club.

Scoring goals is a thing McDonald said he really enjoys and intends to make a living doing it.

"In Manning Cup, I scored about 11 goals in 11 games, and about one in the Walker Cup, and it is good that I have scored against the big men here.

really want to succeed

"I really want to succeed in football, and if I continue to improve, I will make it," said the player, who despite meeting the age requirement, was not invited to try out for the country's Under-20 team.

McDonald did point out that his performance in the Manning Cup did earn him some national love, as he was invited to train with the country's Under-23 team.

"I was recently invited to the Under-23 camp, and I felt I did well. I was not invited for the Under-20s, though," explained the player, who said he was encouraged by his performance in camp and will work even harder for another invitation and to progress nationally.

Standings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arnett 27 16 5 6 44 28 16 53

W House 28 15 5 8 49 24 25 50

MoBay U 28 13 9 6 36 20 16 48

Humble 28 13 6 9 30 23 7 45

H View 28 11 7 10 36 35 1 40

Tivoli 28 11 5 12 36 41 -5 38

Cavalier 28 10 7 11 23 20 3 37

Rivoli 28 10 7 11 38 41 -3 37

B Town 28 9 6 13 27 38 -11 33

Sporting 28 9 4 15 31 46 -15 31

Reno 27 7 6 14 34 44 -10 27

Barbican 28 5 9 14 21 45 -24 24