Jamalco to heap more misery on BT
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.
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