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Boys' Town clinch historic MoBay win

PAUL A REID
Observer Writer

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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CATHERINE HALL, Jamaica — Boys' Town bounced back from their opening loss to score their first-ever win over former champions Montego Bay United (MBU) in Montego Bay; after carving out a 1-0 win in their Red Stripe Premier League game on Monday.

Raheem Porter scored the game winner at Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall in the 77th minute, on his debut for the club based in south St Andrew. It was their earliest win in an RSPL season since the 2013 campaign when they beat Cavalier SC in the opening round.

The win left Boys' Town in sixth place on three points, while MBU are in ninth position with a single point.

MBU were dealt a big blow in the 27th minute when Donovan Carey, one of the most senior players, was sent off by Referee Daneon Parchment after he deliberately used his hand to stop the ball from going over the goal line. Rafiek Thomas missed the subsequent penalty kick, though he had two attempts.

Andrew Price, the Boys' Town coach, was ecstatic with the win.

“It's been ages since we have been to MoBay and got anything out of a game, so to come here and get all three [points] today is very good,” he said.

Boys' Town have only managed two points in their previous trips to Montego Bay, both from 0-0 draws in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons.

“We had to be patient. They went down to 10 men and we had to be patient and move around the ball and use the extra man to our advantage,” Price added.

Rod Underwood, the MBU coach, was not overly disappointed despite the loss in their opening home game.

“Not really a setback; we have a lot of young guys starting either their first or second Premier League game, so this is still a work in progress.”

The American said the red card was a “major factor” and they “had to adjust with young players”, however, he added that they also created scoring chances.

The red card and subsequent penalty miss were the highlight of a low-keyed first half in which both teams created few chances.

A well-struck half-volley from Anthony Mark from about 23 yards was dug out of the low left hand corner by the Boys' Town goalkeeper Mikhail Harrison in the fourth minute.

At the other end David Swaby, who has won the starting goalkeeper job over former national representative Jacomeno Barrett, pulled off a good save in the 25th minute when back-pedalling along his goal line to palm the ball over the bar after a delicate chip from Xavian Virgo.

The pendulum swung in Boys' Town's favour when Carey was red-carded.

Thomas's first kick from the penalty spot was nullified as Carey had not yet left the field, and the second attempt sailed high over the crossbar.

The tempo picked up in the second half but both teams wasted chances.

Porter gave Boys' Town the lead in the 77th minute when they caught the home team on the counter, and he headed a ball from the left side into the far corner, well out of the reach of Swaby.

Teams:

Montego Bay United — David Swaby, Dwayne Ambusley, John Barrett, Anthony Drummond, Javoy McLeod (Ranaldo Thompson 46th), Nicholas Stewart, Val Armstrong, Donovan Carey, Jefroy Leslie, Odane Nish (Raeem Pringle 56th), Anthony Marks (Hietolah Gardner 78th)

Subs not used: Jacomeno Barrett, Dave Artwell, Omar Brown, Jeremaine Woozencroft

Booked: D Carey (ejected—27th)

Boys Town — Mikhail Harrison, Anthony Dawes, Ricardo Dennis, Xavian Virgo, Andrew Peddlar (Giovannie Palmer 72nd), Phillip Peddie (Patrick Scott 85th), Patrick Thomas, Kevon Wilson, Wayne Ellis, Daemion Benjamin, Raheem Porter (Javani Campbell 86th)

Subs not used: Piere McPherson, Kurt Thomas, Shawn Wilson,

Booked: Wilson (43rd), Porter (60th), Campbell (90th)

Referee: Naneon Parchment

Assistants: Nicholas Anderson, Jerone Porteous

Fourth official: Veralton Nembhard

Match commissary: Devon Maxwell

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