Ja­malco to heap more mis­ery on BT

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

JA­MALCO FC will look to con­tinue their im­pres­sive form when they face Boys’ Town FC in match day six of the Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL) today at Bar­bican Com­plex in St An­drew. Kick­off time is 3 p.m.

The Ja­malco team is hav­ing a won­der­ful start to life in top-flight foot­ball and is lead­ing the 12-team league on nine points, the same as reign­ing cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United (MBU) and Hum­ble Lion. How­ever, hot debu­tants Ja­malco en­joy a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

On the other hand, sea­soned Boys’ Town are strug­gling without a point on the board after four games played by the team.

With that sce­nario, the matchup, to be live on Tele­vi­sion Ja­maica, is of high in­ter­est. All eyes will be fo­cused on Ja­malco to see whether they can build on the fine start, while Boys’ Town will look to score their first points of the new sea­son.

Ja­malco’s head coach Rayon John­son says that it is all about prepa­ra­tion for each game.

“It all boils down to team prepa­ra­tion. We have to keep the team fo­cused as we can’t get car­ried away by the start to the com­pe­ti­tion,” John­son said dur­ing the RSPL weekly press con­fer­ence at Red Stripe last Thurs­day morn­ing.

WON’T BE EASY

“We have to go out there and fight hard for the three points against Boys’ Town. We are aware of Boys’ Town’s history and it won’t be an easy win. We don’t watch where they are in the stand­ings. It’s about go­ing there to ex­e­cute the team plan,” the head coach added.

Ja­malco’s diminu­tive mid­fielder Ro­han Richards is the com­pe­ti­tion’s top scorer on four goals. How­ever, John­son says that other play­ers have been con­tribut­ing as it is about team ef­fort.

“He (Richards) is in good form, but the fo­cus is on team. We ex­pect other play­ers to score goals as well, mov­ing for­ward,” he said.

Richards apart, for­mer Boys’ Town striker An­dré Daw­son and Sean Coleman are ex­pected to give sup­port. Ja­malco’s Ro­han Richards

Boys’ Town’s coach An­drew Price says the four losses came with mostly young play­ers, and with the se­nior play­ers like Garfield Gille­spie, Wayne El­lis, Daemion Ben­jamin, and As­rick Sa­muels back in the squad after re­turn­ing from the United States of Amer­ica, there has been re­newed en­ergy.

TODAY’S GAMES

Boys’ Town’s coach An­drew Price

“We started pre­sea­son late, and like other clubs, have suf­fered from se­nior play­ers be­ing over­seas dur­ing the sum­mer. Now we have them back, and they will add to the young tal­ents that are in the squad. She­mar Nicholson has been shoul­der­ing the goalscor­ing on three goals. He will get qual­ity sup­port come Sun­day,” Price dis­closed.

“We are aware that Ja­malco is a qual­ity team, but we will go there to ex­e­cute and, hope­fully, come away with a pos­i­tive re­sult,” Price also said.

In an­other game of high in­ter­est, MBU and Hum­ble Lion will clash in what should be a close en­counter. 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Ja­malco at Bar­bican Com­plex 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gar­dens vs MaverleyHughenden at Ed­ward Seaga Com­plex 3:30 p.m.: Hum­ble Lion vs Mon­tego Bay United at Effortville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in May Pen, Claren­don 3:30 p.m.: FC Reno vs UWI at Frome Com­plex in West­more­land 6 p.m.: Ar­nett Gar­dens vs Port­more United at An­thony Spauld­ing Com­plex 7 p.m.: Har­bour View vs Water­house at Har­bour View Sta­dium WEST­ERN BUREAU: CALL-UPS FOR five Mon­tego Bay United (MBU) play­ers to the na­tional squad in prepa­ra­tion for the Reg­gae Boyz thir­dround fix­tures in the 2016-2017 Caribbean Cup have de­lighted club of­fi­cials.

The club’s front line trio of Dino Wil­liams, Owayne ‘Tur­tle’ Gordon (on loan to Indy Eleven of the North Amer­ica Soccer League), and Alan Ottey, along with de­fender Ladale ‘Bully’ Richie and team cap­tain Dwayne Am­bus­ley were re­cently in­vited to join the new-look Reg­gae Boyz unit, as the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, still smart­ing from the coun­try’s fail­ure to ad­vance to the fi­nal­round World Cup qual­i­fiers looks to shake things up.

“The five play­ers from the cham­pion club are tes­ti­mony of what we have been do­ing,” San­dra Christie, MBU’s op­er­a­tions man­ager said.

She said that the history that MBU rep­re­sents, es­pe­cially in the past five sea­sons – cop­ping two na­tional league ti­tles on the back of three con­sec­u­tive fi­nals ap­pear­ances – is tes­ta­ment of the di­rec­tion of the club.

MBU, in re­cent sea­sons, have also been strong con­tenders in the Caribbean Foot­ball Union cham­pi­onship. The club also made its de­but in the CONCACAF Cham­pi­ons League, where they did cred­itably well.

“That th­ese five play­ers have been in­vited to the na­tional squad is in­di­ca­tion in and of it­self that we are on the right track as a club,” Christie told The Gleaner.

WEST­ERN FOOT­BALL STRONG

“It is also sig­nif­i­cant for west­ern Ja­maica foot­ball, which, at one point, dom­i­nated the na­tional foot­ball land­scape,” she added. Ac­cord­ing to her, “Some peo­ple still believe that the na­tional team is strong when west­ern Ja­maica’s foot­ball is strong.”

She said Richie was, in par­tic­u­lar, was de­lighted with the in­vite. The de­fender has been out­stand­ing in the MBU de­fence over the past three or more sea­sons, but just could not force his way into the na­tional team. But now she says the player is look­ing to seize the op­por­tu­nity.

The Reg­gae Boyz will have as head coach Theodore Whit­more, the man who guided them to the 2010 ti­tle. Ja­maica are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

Mon­tego Bay United’s Al­lan Ottey

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