Nicholson gives Boys’ Town first win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

SHAMAR NICHOLSON scored in his fourth suc­ces­sive match to give Boys’ Town their first win in five matches in the Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL), beat­ing new­com­ers and for­mer table­top­pers Ja­malco 1-0 at The Bar­bican Sports Com­plex, yes­ter­day.

The lanky striker, who scored in suc­ces­sive los­ing ef­forts against Har­bour View, Mon­tego Bay United and Port­more United, fi­nally saw his goal give his team some much-needed points and he said there is more to come.

“It’s a good feel­ing, know­ing we lost our four games and to come and win the fifth game and get the MVP is a good feel­ing. You can’t imag­ine how I feel!” he told The Gleaner.

The 19-year-old, who is in his third sea­son in the RSPL, says he feels at home in the league, and with his team re­ly­ing heav­ily on him to get goals and points, he ex­pects

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to carry on his form and con­tinue to de­liver through the sea­son.

“I ex­pected this per­for­mance be­cause, through­out the pre­sea­son, it was just hard work and this just don’t come like this. It takes hard work. My team is look­ing up to me a lot and I have been do­ing the job, but we have been mak­ing ba­sic mis­takes, but we are work­ing on cor­rect­ing those er­rors. So you can ex­pect bet­ter from Boys’ Town,” he said.

Boys’ Town started brightly and were re­warded for their early spark when Nicholson turned his marker and un­leashed a well-placed shot past Le­var Wil­liams in the sev­enth minute

Ja­malco even­tu­ally came into their own and cre­ated a few open­ings, the best of which fell to Akeem Henry on top of the area, but he placed his ef­fort just over the tar­get.

Nicholson con­tin­ued to be Boys’ Town’s big­gest threat after the break, forc­ing Wil­liams into a div­ing save from Xa­vian Virgo on 58 min­utes, then curl­ing a shot just wide min­utes later, be­fore head­ing just wide of the tar­get from a cor­ner. How­ever, they held off wave after wave of at­tacks from the vis­i­tors, al­though goal­keeper Kirk Porter was rarely threat­ened de­spite Boys’ Town be­ing on the back foot.

Boys’ Town coach An­drew Price be­lieves the win was long in com­ing and com­pli­mented his team on their col­lec­tive work de­fen­sively.

“I told them as long as we start get­ting clean sheets, we are go­ing to start win­ning games ... and we de­fended well col­lec­tively,” he said.

He also praised Nicholson for stepping up, but is­sued a hand­soff warn­ing to lo­cal suit­ors who might be think­ing of pry­ing away the young striker in the Jan­uary win­dow.

“He’s a big player. I told him that be­ing the top striker on our team, he has to get goals. Ev­ery game he should get one goal, and if he can get two or three, which he should, then that would be a plus. But there are al­ways go­ing to be suit­ors (lo­cal), but we will only be look­ing at of­fers from over­seas,” he said.

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