‘Pele’ rolls back the years with double against Boys' Town in Red Stripe Premier League
Kevin 'Pele' Wilson rolled back the years yesterday, netting a brace and providing an assist as Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Arnett Gardens came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw with Trench Town rivals Boys' Town at Collie Smith Complex.
The 38-year-old told The Gleaner after the game that although he is not as dynamic physically as he was in his youth, the hard work he puts in now allows him to keep going and producing.
"When you have the age (young), it gives you a burst (of energy), but when you pass a certain age, you have to put out some extra work.
"When you put in the work you always get results, so it's just the work that I am always putting in and, at this age, you need the extra work, so that's what I really focus on to keep me going so I can have some good games," he remarked.
Yesterday, Wilson scored the equaliser a minute before half-time.
11th minute lead
Boys' Town had taken the lead after 11 minutes through Xavian Virgo's free kick.
Wilson then helped Arnett to take the lead six minutes after the break when he picked out Keneil Hyde, who headed home from a corner.
AndrÈ Dawson then made it 2-2 minutes after coming on in the 74th minute and Rafielk Thomas fired the hosts into a 3-2 lead 12 minutes before time.
However, Wilson ensured the league leaders left the home of their arch-rivals with a share of the points, capitalising on some good work from Marvin Morgan to slot home from 12 yards.
"Just to be around the players is my joy, just to train with them is my joy," said Wilson. "So when I get 15-20 minutes that makes me feel even better and when I get a start, I know it's something positive that I'm doing," he continued.
"It was a good performance because the Collie Smith battle is always a hard task; the two teams) always come fighting, so most times this is how it finishes, either nil-all or one-all. But it's always tough and we always expect that.
"But if you continue training you are always going to get better, so I am just putting in the extra work to just continue going and see where we go," he said.
Arnett lead the league on 57 points, with four games to play, while Boys' Town remain in ninth spot on 34 points, six points clear of relegation.
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