Teenager nets winner for Barbican
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Akino Bailey's debut goal handed newcomers Barbican a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League at Barbican yesterday.
It was a rare win for Barbican who parted ways with coach Junior Francis following 2-1 loss to leaders Waterhouse on Monday night.
Boys' Town led when Rafiek Thomas headed past Barbican's goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell in the 11th minute.
However, Barbican fought back with two quick strikes within three minutes. Jermaine Parris netted the equaliser in the 54th minute. Bailey then rocketed a thunderous shot past Leon Goffe in the 57th minute.
Boys' Town were the better team in the first half but in the second 45 minutes Barbican regrouped.
"This is my first premier league goal and I'm happy that the goal gave the team three points," 19-year-old Bailey, a former Jamaica College schoolboy star, told The Gleaner.
Barbican moved to 13 points in the 12-team table while Boys' Town remained on 11 points.
Barbican's new coach Raymond Beckford was naturally happy for the three points in his first game in charge.
"We started slow, but picked up in the second half as we came out and played Barbican style of football. It is a day to day struggle," Beckford added.
Meanwhile, Boys' Town's coach Andrew Price hinted at changes to the team in the January transfer window.
"We came here and did not play well today and Barbican won the game. We have to strengthen the backline as the team conceded 25 goals in 13 games," Price said.