Keyes locks points for Boys’ Town
Arnett Gardens missed a great opportunity to move into second spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings, after losing 1-0 to Trench Town rivals Boys' Town in the Trench Town derby football game at Barbican Field yesterday.
Peter Keyes scored the game's only goal after 35 minutes to help the Collie Smith Drive-based club rebound from their west Kingston derby defeat to Tivoli Gardens the previous weekend.
"We lost a tough one to Tivoli last week, but we worked on it and bounced back and got the three points," Keyes told The Gleaner.
The striker, who has three goals this season, was pleased to get the winner.
"It's very important to score, but it was most important to get three points because we are screaming for points right now. So it doesn't matter if it's one of six goals, as long as we win."
He added: "I have been performing fairly well this season, but it's just that the goals have dried up from last season. But I'll continue to put in the work and, hopefully, the goals will continue to come.
"As a forward, the job is to score goals, scoring goal is my job; so if I can get a goal every game, that would be good for the team. But it's always a team effort, each time we try to play as a team to get three."
Arnett Gardens controlled the possession in the early minutes of the game and had a few threatening attempts, but Boys' Town were also bright, and on 33 minutes, Adrian King tested Damian Hyatt with a rasping effort from 25 yards.
Two minutes later, Boys' Town took the lead when Keyes turned home Xavian Virgo's low shot across the face of goal from five yards out.
Arnett controlled the remainder of the game, but wasted their opportunities to draw level, with Newton Sterling and Kemal Malcolm coming closest to scoring.
Boys' Town coach Andrew Price said they played a strategic game in order to avoid consecutive derby defeats.
"The team played to our strategy, because we know Arnett were going to come hard because derbys are always competitive. But today we were disciplined and kept our shape; we just want to be consistent," he said.
Boys' Town remained in eighth with 18 points, while Arnett (23) stayed third on goal difference, the same as Humble Lion (23), who defeated Tivoli Gardens (18) 1-0.
UWI FC (16) moved one place up to ninth after Anthony Greenland's brace against his former club, and cellar-dwellars, Rivoli United, gave UWI a 3-2 win.
Boys Town 1 Arnett 0
Portmore 0 Waterhouse 0
Reno 1 Harbour View 0
UWI 3 Rivoli 2
Humble Lion 1 Tivoli 0
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