Young Brigade - Price hoping youngsters will lift Boys' Town in RSPL
Boys' Town head coach Andrew Price is highly confident that the young players added to the Red Stripe Premier League squad will move the club from the cellar position they currently occupy and into a more respectable spot.
Despite being in last place on 15 points from their 20 games, Price believes that the youngsters have brought renewed energy to the Collie Smith Drive-based club, which he expects will reflect in results.
A 1-0 win over old foes Harbour View on Sunday night in their most recent assignment, courtesy of a third minute Andrew 'Alvez' Allen strike, gives credibility to Price's conviction.
In that game, the brave coach introduced several youngster including three schoolboys in the starting eleven.
Among the youngsters that played were 17 year-old goalkeeper Shavian Wilson of Excelsior High as well as Chavanney Willis and Orlando Brown of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College.
"We are blending the youngsters with the experienced players as I am willing to put young players on the field," Price told The Gleaner yesterday.
"A lot of youth have been promoted from the squad that won the KSAFA Under-20 title last summer. Right now we have a cadre of players that can help the team. We are not far away so the aim is to push forward with 12 games remaining in the preliminary stage," Price stated.
In addition to the schoolboys, Boys' Town's roster includes the competition's leading goalscorer Shamar Nicholson, who is on ten goals, former Bridgeport High standout Jamiel Hardware, plus veteran players such as Michael Campbell, Daemion Benjamin, Wayne Ellis and Garfield Gillespie.
Boys' Town is scheduled to tackle promoted Maverley-Hughenden in their next Red Stripe Premier League assignment on Sunday at Barbican Complex, starting at 3 p.m.
Price will be hoping that youthful exuberance will continue to drive the 'Red Brigade' away from the drop zone.