Boys' Town's head coach, Andrew Price, has called on his team to find their "killer instincts" after they squandered a first-half advantage in their Red Stripe Premier League match yesterday against defending champions Harbour View at Collie Smith Drive. The match ended 1-1.
Asrick Samuels opened the scoring for Boys' Town in the 44th minute, before a terrible bit of defending allowed Donovan Edwards to earn the Stars of the East a share of the points.
"We have to kill off games when we have leads and we have to ensure that those leads are enough for us to maintain," Price reasoned. "We didn't do that today and we got some chances in the second half where we should have gone ahead even further and when you don't put away chances they come back to haunt you."
The result can be considered a more distressing one for Boys' Town, despite both teams having lost their opening matches, as they were playing at home and were just last week dumped out of the Champions Cup.
"It is just three matches into the season, there are about 40 games left in all competitions all told, so we are just going to have to continue to build slowly," Price shared. "We have seen some encouraging signs, so we are just going to have to continue working hard."
One of the players, who came in for the most flak in the first half from coach Price and the fans was Samuels, as he was often caught out of position and misplaced a few passes. He, however, made up for past mistakes with a sizzling strike from just inside the area, one minute before the interval.
"I know what he (Samuels) is capable of, I know he has a lot of energy and I want him to become a box-to-box player and I believe that with his tenacity he can help us win games, so that is why I pressure him so much," Price explained.
A relieved Harbour View coach, Harold Thomas, was happy for a share of the points.
"I am disappointed in some sense, but definitely a point is better than none, so we are happy in that respect," Thomas said. "It is just two games (into the season), but we are searching for the reason for the lethargy today."