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Lawrence hoping for momentum shift

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold
Sandals South Coast FC head coach Aaron Lawrence.
Jamiel Hardware (left) of Boys' Town gets by Sandals South Coast's Oraine Shippy before taking a shot, in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Frome Sports Complex on Sunday.

Sandals South Coast FC head coach Aaron Lawrence believes that the team's first win in the Red Stripe Premier League, against fellow strugglers Boys' Town FC, could turn the team's form around. However, despite the 1-0 victory, the former national goalkeeper thinks the scoreline should have been greater.

"At half-time, we talked to the players, reassuring them that they were in the game and doing well. In the second half, we got the desired result that we wanted as we were more aggressive towards goal. Boys' Town should have gone home about three goals behind after a number of chances went a-begging," said Lawrence.

"To win my first game in the Premier League, I'm delighted, especially to see the players go out there and play hard, not giving Boys' Town any chance to take any point off us," Lawrence said.

But Sandals, who are level on six points with 11th-place Boys' Town, still remain at the foot of the table.

After a flat first half from both teams, the game came to life after the break when Sandals stepped on the accelerator but missed 11 clear-cut chances before finding the back of the net. However, with one minute to go in the match, Obrian Bent handed Sandals their first win with a curling shot from just outside the box, beating goalkeeper Mikhail Harrison, in the third minute of stoppage time.

Montego Bay United held on to an early goal from Dino Williams for a 1-0 victory, surviving a scare from a dominant Waterhouse in the late game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The visitors were looking to turn their season around under the guidance of Donovan Duckie, who said that despite the loss. he is impressed by what his team was able to do in just a week.

"Our performance was impressive," Duckie said. "There are so many good things to take from the game. In one week, I'm amazed by a number of things they have adopted. When we start to win games, we will be a force to be reckoned with!"