Nicholas Scott pilots Rivoli to narrow win over Boys' Town in Red Stripe Premier League
Nicholas Scott's brace led Rivoli United to a vital 3-2 victory against Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday at Barbican Complex.
Scott, in his second game for the Spanish Town-based club, netted in the 15th and 73rd minutes, while Ross Burton added another goal in the 32nd minute.
For the losers, the goalscorers were Rafiek Thomas (45th) and Shamar Nicholson (86th).
The win pushed relegation-threatened Rivoli to 22 points, while Boys' Town remained on 27 points.
Scott, who transferred from Tivoli Gardens, was a major influence for his new club and the goals apart, he made some good passes and movements on and off the ball.
Rivoli started the game with more purpose than Boys' Town and were rewarded early in the first half when Scott finished past Kirk Porter. Burton doubled the lead to put his team 2-0 up, before Thomas pulled back a goal on the stroke of half-time.
Scott scored again when he headed home a perfect right-sided cross from Kevin Graham. Boys' Town's Nicholson made the game interesting when he scored in the dying moments.
Two-goal hero Scott, brought in by Rivoli's management to replace striker Cory Burke (who is away on a deal in the United States), showed his class.
Scott said he is at Rivoli to replace Burke by scoring goals.
"Well, it's a good performance for my new club. I chose to leave Tivoli to replace Burke and the plan is to continue scoring goals and lift Rivoli to safety," the former Jamaica College Manning Cup winner told The Gleaner.
"Coming in for Burke, who scored 10 goals before leaving, is a big task but I'm up to it," he added.
Rivoli's coach, Mark Williams, praised Scott as a natural goalscorer.
"He (Scott) is a good signing for us. And, for him to score two goals in only his second match should help to lift the spirit of the team,"Williams reasoned.
Williams also said it was a wonderful win for Rivoli.
"It's been a long time since we have won a game, so this should serve as a big boost. We will next face Tivoli in a rescheduled game on Wednesday," he added.
Boys' Town's coach, Andrew Price, said his team was lethargic in the first half, but improved in the second half.
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