Bradford hands BT early Christmas present
Seventeen-year-old Shaquiel Bradford produced a man of the match performance yesterday in his first Red Stripe Premier League start for Boys' Town.
In what coach Andrew Price described as an early Christmas present, Bradford scored then provided an assist in Boys' Town's 2-1 over Reno at the Frome Sports Complex
Bradford, who wore the colours of Camperdown High in the recently concluded Manning Cup season, was elated with his all-round display at such a crucial time for the team.
"I feel great. After getting my first start, my intention was just to play well without making any mistakes, but in the end, I got a goal and assist," said Bradford who has vowed to keep working hard.
Price, who went into yesterday's game under a lot of pressure, is relieved with the win and is hoping the team can use it as a motivator going forward.
"This is a good tonic and an early Christmas present. The team showed a lot of heart and character today ... it's an important three points and I hope we can kick on from here," said Price.
Price, who said he will use the youngsters to inject some energy into the team, was really impressed by Bradford's performance.
"I've always been a coach who is not fearful of exposing young players ... Shaquiel showed that he wants to play, giving me the type of energy I'm not getting from a lot of players. For his age, he really displayed a lot of composure, especially with the second goal where he held up the ball and made a defence splitting pass," said Price.
Reno, who came out playing like the team in a relegation spot, found themselves trailing in the 28th minute when Bradford headed an inswinging corner past goalkeeper Dennis Taylor. The visitors increased their lead when Garfield Gillespie slotted home the pass from Bradford in the 61st minute. Craig Foster pulled one back for the hosts seven minutes later but the Red Brigade held on for their second win of the season, both coming on the road against western teams. They remain at the bottom of the league with 10 points while Reno are sixth with 22.