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Nicholson on fire in Slovenia

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMElton Tucker/Assistant Editor - Sports

Former Boys' Town forward Shamar Nicholson has struck a rich vein of form after a relatively slow start in the Slovenian Premier League.

Yesterday, Nicholson scored once and provided an assist as his club, Domzale, whipped Triglav 4-0. The 21-year-old Reggae Boy opened the scoring in the 23rd minute then provided an assist as they went 2-0 up in the 48th. The team's last two goals came in the 64th and 90th minutes.

Boys' Town's coach, Andrew Price, told The Gleaner yesterday that they are in constant contact with Nicholson and he has settled in well in the central European country.

"He went up there with a mindset that he was going to tough it out whatever the situation, and he has adjusted well. He came home last Christmas and did some training with Boys' Town. He knows he is there for a purpose, and he is just trying to make good on all his potential," Price said.

According to Price, his manager and others at the club "all love him".




"At first, when he just got there, they started off very slowly with him as he was coming from a different culture and a different environment, but he has gradually worked himself into the team. He is currently starting and is the go-to striker for the team," Price added.

Nicholson, who sealed his move from Boys' Town on September 1 last year, only made his league debut in March but has been on fire in the last month.

He has scored five goals in his last eight matches, including the winning strike in his first league start on April 18, when Domzale clipped Celje 1-0. Overall, he has appeared in 13 league matches.

Domzale are third in the league on 72 points from 35 games. The league is headed by Olimpija Ljubljana on 79, while Maribor are second on 77.

The league winners will move on to the qualification rounds of the European Champions League, while second- and third-place finishers will go on to the qualification rounds of the Europa League.