Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
WITH a number of key players unavailable, Boys' Town showed depth and determination to register a hard-fought 1-0 victory over August Town in round two of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.
Despite the absence of top marksman Michael Campbell and Shane Edwards, members of the Red Brigade's bench team stepped up and treated the fair-sized crowd to a gutsy performance.
It was not an exciting one by any means, but Boys' Town wanted it more and gained full points.
André Dawson scored the all-important goal for the hosts in the 29th minute, securing a win that lifted his team to 16 points, while August remained second from bottom on 11 in the 12-team table.
August ended the game with 10-players when Larone Russell was sent off in the 44th minute after receiving a second yellow card from female referee Cardella Samuels.
Boys' Town's long-serving coach, Andrew Price, said the victory served a statement that his squad has quality.
"If you are in my squad, you must be able to come in and fill a void that is there ... a lot of people got some opportunities and they did prove their mettle," said Price.
"We didn't play well, but I think we did enough to get the three points," said Price. "It was paramount that we got the three points because in a closely bunched league, we need to get the victory when it is possible, and so this is a welcome home victory for us."
August Town's assistant coach, Baris Johnson, said his team played well despite the loss.
"I think my team gave a good performance," said Johnson. "I think we lost the game from a soft goal because it was a defensive error on our part.
"I think that it is a work in progress and we have some things that we need to work on so as to improve our position in the table."
Boys' Town scored when Dawson capitalised on a defensive error by Shamar Brown inside the 18-yard box, to fire home a powerful right-footed shot past custodian Kevin Graham.
A few minutes later, Marvin Stewart came close to doubling Boys' Town's lead, but his 25-yard free kick was tipped over the crossbar.
August Town, who were without their former national striker Kevin 'Pele'' Wilson, looked a shadow of the team that enjoyed a good run in the first round. Graham kept them from losing by a wider margin as he made some outstanding saves in the second half.
Boys' Town 1August Town 0
Tivoli Gardens 1Arnett Gardens 2
Harbour View 1Rivoli United 0
Portmore United 0 MoBay United 0
3 p.m. Humble Lion vs Sporting Central at Effortville Community Centre
5 p.m. Waterhouse vs Cavalier at Drewsland Stadium