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Hot shot Hamilton banks on Cavalier to go all the way

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Cavalier FC striker Nicholas Hamilton appears to be ready for the moniker “Mr Monday Night”.

The striker scored the lone goal for the Premier League's young guns in the 1-0 win on Monday night as they took down Waterhouse FC for the second time this season. It was Hamilton's second goal in a Monday Night game as his team has impressed under the lights all season.

The result saw Cavalier draw level on 48 points with the team from Drewsland in the Red Stripe Premier League. Both teams now trail defending champions Portmore United by five points with six games left in the regular season.

Waterhouse entered the game as favourites having won their last two games, including the last Monday Night game when they got the better of Humble Lion 2-1 at home.

But on the last occasion they were undone by a scintillating piece of individual skill from Hamilton, who destroyed the Waterhouse defence with a mesmerising run before tucking the ball beyond Diego Haughton in the 22nd minute.

That sublime effort was enough for Cavalier to secure seven out of a possible nine points from Waterhouse this season.

Apart from the goal, the Cavalier team was able to turn on the charm and play some delightful football in front of a fair-sized crowd at the Anthony Spauding Sports Complex. Hamilton explained that he and his teammates relish the opportunity to play under the lights.

“For young players, it's good playing under the lights to showcase our talent, because there are a lot of people out, so they see the good football that Cavalier plays. So we just have to continue playing our type of football,” he said.

A good understanding of the way their opponents play is the reason for the continued success against the Marcel Gayle-coached team, the 22-year-old revealed.

“From the past seasons we have been doing well against Waterhouse, so I think coach stick to the tactics and we came out here and did it well today. (We) nullified the wingbacks because they play good through their wingbacks, so we keep three players up front so they can't push many players forward and their defenders are kind of slow, so that is our tactics. Our first pass from midfield must hit one of the three strikers — me, Chevone Marsh or Kaheem Parris and we can attack a player one-on-one,” reasoned Hamilton.

Whilst he has played in the shadows of his more heralded captain Marsh and the likes of Alex Marshall in the past, Hamilton has come of age this season and he credits being a little less “shy” for his emergence this term.

“I have been in front of goal more and I stopped being goal-shy. Sometimes in games I was always think of passing when I have the opportunity to kick and score, so this season, I am still passing, but I am looking more to score goals this season,” he explained.

Hamilton believes that his team can go all the way and win the Red Stripe Premier League, but they are not prepared to look beyond the play-offs just yet.

“We have the mettle to go all the way, but our aim is not to win the league, to win this million dollars. Our aim is to play good football so people can come out and see what Cavalier is about, winning the league is a bonus, so we just have to focus on the play-offs because that is the most important thing right now,” he said.

It is widely known that the ambitions of the Cavalier administrators go beyond local football and the former Holy Trinity Manning Cup star admitted as much on Monday.

“We have good young players that can feature in the Champions League final so we have to try and get in the (RSPL) final and take it from there,” Hamilton noted.

One of his personal ambitions is to win the Golden Boot, and the newly minted Reggae Boy believes that it is something he is on course to do.

“That's my aim, to try and get the Golden Boot. I am behind by about two goals, so I just have to come out for the rest of the games (and) wrap up the goals because as you can see, in games I always get goals,” he said.

The Manchester United fan scored just four goals last season, but his nine goals so far this term makes him the leading scorer at Cavalier. This has not been lost on the national coach as he received a call-up to the national team only last week.

“It is a wonderful feeling, that's always been my dream, to represent my country,” Hamilton admitted about receiving the national invitation.

Cavalier will next play Montego Bay United on Sunday.


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