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Relegated! - Price looks for silver lining following demotion

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Boys Town's Xavian Virgo (right) and Portmore United's Roberto Johnson (left) battle for a loose ball during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.

Boys' Town FC head coach Andrew Price said that demotion will be an opportunity for the club to regroup and come back stronger.

The Red Brigade became the first team to be relegated from this season's Red Stripe Premier League, after losing 2-0 to Portmore United at the Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday, with Humble Lion beating Harbour View FC 1-0 in the day's late game.

Price said that relegation would not unsettle the club and that he saw no reason why they cannot make an instant return. "Teams have been relegated before and come back in a season, so we don't see why it would be difficult to do that. But sometimes you have to just introspect, regroup, and come back stronger.

"We have a young set of players coming through, and we'll see if we can keep one or two senior players to guide them. So it's not a dead end, we just have to take the opportunity to regroup and get ready for the next opportunity," he said.

In a closely contested game at the Oval, Boys' Town's Daemion Benjamin had the best chance to open the scoring. However, it was the hosts who went ahead from the spot, through Jermie Lynch in the 79th minute, after a hand ball was called in the area. Two minutes from time, Roshane Sharpe sealed the win with a controlled finish from inside the box.

Last-place Boys' Town have 17 points, and with five games to go can only amass 32. Humble Lion (10th) were on 30 points heading into last night's game. They are now on 33.

 

CONTROVERSIAL CALL

 

"We got two good shouts (for penalties) in the first half, where the ball hit hands of the opponent, but they weren't called. So I found it surprising that they (match officials) were so adamant to call that one," Price said about the controversial call by the referee.

"After the penalty situation, the game just changed. It was a very competitive game, and that decision changed the whole complex of the game. It was very important that we got something out of this game and unfortunately we didn't," he told the Gleaner.

Price said that his side will show respect to the remaining fixtures. "We will continue honour the fixtures, fight and work hard until the end of the season. Our job is to keep them (players) motivated. We have five more games, and it's important we go out and give a good showing every time we play," he added.