Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Adoah Nickle thought he had given Portmore United a rare gift yesterday - a win - when he struck the back of the net on two occasions to give them the lead.
The former Bridgeport High player handed the struggling former champions the lead in his team's Red Stripe Premier League encounter with Waterhouse in the fourth and 24th minutes. On both occasions the six-footer saw his strike cancelled out by Jermaine Anderson - with a beauty in the 13th minute and from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute - as both teams ended 2-2.
Anderson's double strike dashed Nickle's hope of handing his club their second win of the season and kept the St Catherine-based team firmly planted at the foot of the table, two points behind Arnett Gardens who still have a game in hand. Waterhouse, with the one point gained, remained third.
"I really thought we would have won it after those two goals. We had the momentum going with us and really should have won. It was just one or two misunderstandings at the back that cost us," a disappointed Nickle said at the end of the game.
Despite not picking up the win, Nickle remains a believer in his team's abilities.
"I am confident that we will turn it around in the second round.
"What we need now is even more confidence. We were not playing with a lot of confidence in the early part of the round but that is coming now. We were not playing as a team and with the right spirit. Some people were being really selfish, but we are getting it together now," the former Jamaica Under-20 invitee said.
To get his team on the right track, Nickle said he will do his part.
"This is my third goal. I think I did well today and will continue to fight hard to score more because goals are what the team needs. If I score then I give my team a chance of winning and if both happen that could benefit me as well.
"My aim for the season is to compete for the top goalscorer award. I am working hard at it and I know it will come. We have the players in the team who will create the opportunities for us and once they keep coming I will score," said the player, whose elder brother, Layton Barrett, starred in the Premier League.
With three goals so far, Nickle has netted half of his highest tally in a season and believes that if he stays on track he may be able to achieve even more of his goals.
"I have never played for the national team before and I want to do that. I have been called up for the Under-20 team before but have never been a part of the senior squad; but I know what I have to do to get there. Goals are what I have to score to get there and I am working on that because it is only goals that will give me the opportunity.
"It is also a dream of mine to play abroad, but the national team will have to come first," the ambitious player said.
(Red Stripe Premier League standings after matches played on Sunday)
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