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Debut will boost youngster's confidence - Price

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jourdaine Fletcher in national training.
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Boys' Town coach Andrew Price believes 19 year-old players Shamar Nicholson and Jourdaine Fletcher, will benefit from heightened confidence after their recent Reggae Boyz debuts.

Price, who warned that both players should see this as a stepping stone and not a point of arrival, is expecting their appearance in Jamaica's friendly against the USA last Friday to greatly help their progress.

Fletcher was the star of the 2016 schoolboy football season, netting 34 goals in leading Cornwall College to the daCosta Cup title and to the FLOW Super Cup final.

Nicholson, who plays for bottom-of-the-table Boys' Town, is currently the Red Stripe Premier League's top scorer with 10 goals in 18 matches.

Both players joined the action with five minutes left in regular time in Jamaica's 0-1 loss.

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"It was a good opportunity for them to get some exposure in adverse conditions. I know that for the first time in his (Nicholson) life, he was playing on an astro surface and in temperatures at that level overseas. But I believe the minutes were just a launching pad for them and will do their confidence well as they continue to progress as youngsters," Price said.

"They showed the part when they came on, they showed energy even though it was the last ten minutes, and the mere fact they were included shows that the coach has confidence in both of them," he added.

Although many local fans thought they pair should have got more than the eight minutes they received (including added time), Price says more time will come with more games.

"It is always up to the coaching staff; they make their decision. The fact that as youngsters they got an opportunity to take the field, it will do their confidence a world of good. I expect that as they progress and improve, they will get more playing time," Price said. "It will happen over time so, they have to be patient, wait for their opportunity, and make use of it."