Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Cavalier got off to a winning start in the second round of the Red Stripe Premier League, as they turned the tables on Boys' Town, after clipping the first end-of-round champions 1-0 yesterday at Stadium East, to avenge the defeat they suffered in the corresponding fixture in the opening round.
Cavalier's leading scorer, Clau-dious Blackburn, got the game's lone goal in the 44th minute. The win, which was only Cavalier's fifth of the season, propelled them from 10th to seventh in the 12-team table, with 16 points. Boys' Town were relegated to third in the standings, on 22 points, as Portmore United (23) moved into second.
Former national senior team coach Carl Brown, who sat in for Boys' Town's regular coach Andrew Price, who was away with the national beach football team, believed his team was still recovering from the end-of-round final.
Time to reflect
"It is always difficult to get a team motivated that has just won a final," Brown said.
"They gave a spirited performance in the second half and it is just a bit unlucky that we didn't get the win here tonight.
"It is good thing that this is the first game in the second round, as it gives us some time to reflect and pick ourselves back up."
Boys' Town created the first clear goal-scoring opportunity of the game in the 23rd minute when Xavian Virgo was beautifully played through on goal by Rafiek Thomas, but with the keeper at his mercy he opted for power, from eight yards out, and ended up placing his shot high and wide of the target.
Cavalier took the lead with their first meaningful attack a minute before half-time when Blackburn netted his fourth goal of the season. Blackburn fired home from close range after Boys' Town had failed to clear their lines from a left-sided corner.
McPherson pulled off a spectacular save in the 76th minute, one that some of the best keepers around the world would have been pleased with. He flung himself to his right effecting a one-handed save from a bullet header from Boys' Town's Shane Edwards.
"You expect your goalkeeper to turn up for you when all else fails and he (McPherson) did just that," Cavalier's coach David Laylor said.
"I am very pleased about beating Boys' Town at this particular point when they are at their highest and it says much for the club."