Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Damion 'Benji' Benjamin scored his second goal in two games to help his team, Boys' Town, salvage a 2-2 draw with Montego Bay United in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter yesterday at Collie Smith Drive.
Montego Bay United opened up a two-goal advantage courtesy of Dino Williams (45th) and Lacon Brissett (58th pk). Boys' Town, however, rallied on the back of goals from Nicholas McMorris (60th) and Benjamin (89th).
Montego Bay, which entered the game in third position on the 12-team table, have now amassed seven points, while Boys' Town have five points, having entered the round in eighth.
"It is great to contribute to my team, because I'm one of the senior players, so my teammates depend on me and I just had to do it for them today," Benjamin said.
Benjamin is better known for his crunching tackles in the heart of Boys' Town's midfield, but does score the occasion goal and achieved as many as seven in one season. He has already managed two in four games having come up with the winner against Cavalier last week.
"I'm trying to score more goals this season, because we need it right now," Benjamin shared. "We haven't been scoring goals from last season, so we need to pick it up and everybody needs to contribute."
It was an evenly contested first half, but the better goal scoring opportunities fell to Boys' Town. The game was turned on its head in the space of five second-half minutes, as three goals were scored.
Boys' Town's captain on the day, Wayne Ellis' attempted clearance was charged down by Montego Bay's Williams, who then saw his first shot blocked, but he gathered the rebound and fired beautifully into the far post.
Another defensive error saw Montego Bay being awarded a penalty in the 58th minute, after Carlos Wright pulled down Williams in the box. Williams appeared to have suffered an injury during the incident, which resulted in him being carried off on a stretcher four minutes later.
Brissett dispatched the resulting penalty to the diving Kirk Porter's right in Boys' Town's goal.
Boys' Town was given a lifeline, however, as referee Kevin Morrison awarded them a penalty of their own two minutes later, after Landale Richie was adjudged to have handled the ball in his area.
McMorris fired the ball straight down the middle as national goalkeeper, Jacomeno Barrett dived to his right.
The Red Brigade capitalised on the lifeline one minute before full-time when Benjamin converted with a glancing header from a right-sided corner delivered by substitute Michael Campbell.
Boys' Town 2Montego Bay 2
Cavalier 0Humble Lion 2
Rivoli 0Harbour View 1
Waterhouse 0August Town 0
Arnett Gardens 4Sporting Central 1