Greenwich hold Boys' Town
Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter
After squandering an early lead, Major League strugglers Greenwich Town staged a spirited comeback to hold Premier League contenders Boys' Town to a 2-2 draw, as the first-leg quarter-final round of the Claro KSAFA Jackie Bell KO got underway at Tinson Pen yesterday.
Top-flight contenders Boys' Town found the team ranked two divisions below them quite a handful in the early going, but it was a gaffe between the sticks by custodian Kirk Porter that gave the home team the lead in the 38th minute.
Having been played a back pass, the unfortunate keeper dawdled in possession a bit too long, allowing Greenwich attacker Ricardo Monroe to close him down before pilfering the ball to play it into an empty net.
Struggling to cope
Despite struggling to cope with the somewhat uneven surface in the first half, the Red Brigade looked a better unit in the second and began to exert pressure on the Greenwich Town defence. However, again it was a bit of blotchy goalkeeping, this time by Greenwich custodian Mark Ellis, which saw Boys' Town pull level with a goal from Dean Thompson in the 59th minute.
A little over a minute after coming on to the pitch, Jamiel Hardware then gave the visitors the lead with a well taken volley from a tough angle, following a seemingly incidental header in his direction by Thompson.
Not to be denied, Greenwich Town pulled level after a shot by David Stulz, who profited from the hard work of his brother Ricardo in the area. The partially blocked attempt fell into the path of Monroe, who stroked home the 67th-minute leveller.
Putting things together
"We have not been doing too well in the league because we haven't been able to train, but we are putting things together and want to do well in this competition," said Greenwich Town coach Stephen Taylor.
Boys' Town's coach, Andrew Price, says his team expected a tough fixture away from home but they were prepared for it.
"We always knew that it would be difficult to come down here and play them at home on a surface that they are used to and in front of their home crowd," said Price. "However, despite all of that we were able to get a result and we had our chances to win the game, but that has been haunting us all season."
The competition continues with two games today: Tivoli vs Harbour View at Edward Seaga Sports Complex at 5p.m.; and Cavalier vs Waterhouse at The Spring Complex at 3 p.m.