'Blacker' Boyd thrills crowd at 'Share The Love'
Former Reggae Boy, Walter 'Blacker' Boyd, rolled back the years at the National Stadium last Friday night with a vintage display for the Jamaica All-Stars team, as they clipped a the Brazil All-Stars XI 2-1 at the 'Share The Love' exhibition match.
The game was a lacklustre affair before Boyd entered the field of play just past the hour mark.
It took a while for him to find his feet, but the moment he got going, the game came to life. In the 76th minute, he collected a pass on the right and burst past his marker towards the 18-yard box. He then turned another two defenders inside out before being fouled just outside the box. With the game tied at 1-1, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner found the net with a quickly taken free kick. Gregory Simmonds had earlier given the Jamaica All-Stars a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the first half, before Correa Motta de Freitas equalised for the Brazilians.
After the go-ahead goal, Boyd had the crowd on its feet just like the good old days when spectators crammed into 'The Office' to see the mercurial forward.
After the match, fans flocked the former Reggae Boy for photos and he was really appreciative of the reception and proud he could return the favour by providing the fans with entertainment.
"Sometimes you think that those (glory) days are over and gone and no one might remember, but when I heard the crowd (on entering the field), it brought me to an understanding like it is never going to end. It's just an undying love and I really appreciate it, and I tried to give it back through the game and I just hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did," he said afterwards.
Brazil's Rivaldo, the 1999 World Player of the Year, also provided a touch of class throughout the game, but never really exerted himself.