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Game plan works ...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Boys' Town fullback Xavian Virgo says sticking to the team's game plan was one of the reasons why they were able to defeat Portmore United 4-2 in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football encounter clash at Ferdie Neita Park on Monday night.

The Red Brigade, who led 2-0 at one stage, had to withstand a charge from Portmore that took the game to 2-2, before producing some heroics in the final stages to pull off a dramatic win.

Forward Michael Campbell led the way with a hat-trick for Boys' Town, who are now on 49 points, eight off leaders Portmore with eight rounds of matches left to play.

"We were playing a bit easy after leading 2-0 and this allowed Portmore to come back into the game," said Virgo.

"However, we did not lose our cool and stuck to our game plan and that is what pulled us through."

Boys' Town, who last season finished second to defending champions Tivoli Gardens, took the lead in the 14th minute when - against the run of play - Campbell netted his first goal.

Picking up a ball at the half line, Campbell proceeded to waltz past two defenders before unleashing a left-footed bomber past the diving goalkeeper, Garice McPherson, from close to 40 yards out.

Increased lead

The diminutive Campbell, whose foot speed and pace kept pushing Portmore's defenders back, then increased the lead in the 68th minute when he capitalised on a defensive error and slotted home off the left upright from close range.

But Portmore were not going away and in the 76th and 82nd minutes drew level through goals from impressive fullback Rosario Harriott.

The lanky Harriott first pulled his team with a blast from the far post off a deflected header from live-wire substitute Carlos Barrett, before registering with a similar blast from the back post off after finding himself on the loose end of a cross.

Boys' Town, however, found another gear, and thanks to close-range strikes from Renae Lloyd in the 86th and Campbell in the 89th, they were able to pull off the win, much to the delight of their flag-waving and horn-blowing fans.

"The game was good game, but I thought my team lapsed too much into the game," said Portmore defender Adrian Reid.

"However, despite the defeat we are not too concerned as we believe we have enough points in front, and once we keep on winning we should win the title," he declared.

- J.L.