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Boys' Town determined to stay in RSPL

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 3:00 AMMarc Stamp
Shamar Nicholson (left) of Boys' Town getting the better of Andrew Whyte (right) of Maverley-Hughenden in a Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Barbican Field. Nicholson scored for Boys Town to give them a 1-0 win.

Coach of Boys' Town Andrew Price says that his team is highly motivated to stay in the Red Stripe despite their last place.

The Red Brigades showed resilience as they edged Maverley-Hughenden 1-0 in a relegation battle at the Barbican Complex yesterday. Boys' Town scored courtesy of top striker Shamar Nicholson in the 90th minute.

The Boys' Town team ended with ten players as central defender Wayne Ellis was issued a second yellow card and ejected by FIFA referee Valdin Legister in the 66th minute.

The winners dominated play, for the most part, but were let down by faulty shooting. Maverley-Hughenden's custodian, Jovell Plunkett, made some spectacular saves, but could not stop the header by an unmarked Nicholson.

GRATEFUL FOR VICTORY

"The team showed a lot of resilience. We got many chances and could have won by a wider margin. However, I am grateful for this victory. The Maverley team didn't want to win," Price told The Gleaner.

"Shamar (Nicholson) rose for the first time in the match and scored. We made some tactical adjustment after going down to ten players in the second half. We have to keep the momentum because a team like Boys' Town deserves to stay in the league. We will fight to the end," Price concluded.

Nicholson, who pushed his tally for the season to 12 goals, just two behind Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson of Tivoli Gardens, was naturally elated for scoring the all-important goal.

"It is a great feeling to score the goal that gave us three points. When you look at the table you see that we needed to win the game," the national senior team striker said.

"The coach was telling me to jump and I did that and scored, so I am very happy," he added.

Maverley's coach Anthony Patrick was very upset that his team lost the game.

The win pushed Boys' Town to 26 points, the same as Jamalco, who went down 1-0 to Reno. However, Boys' Town remains in the cellar position as Jamalco has a better goal difference.

Maverley-Hughenden are in tenth position on 28 points.

Yesterday's games

Boys' Town 1 Maverley-Hughenden 0

Reno 1 Jamalco 0

Harbour View 1 Montego Bay United 0

Today's games

5:30 p.m. - Tivoli Gardens vs Waterhouse at the National Stadium

8 p.m. - Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC at the National Stadium