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Reno claim three points in 'ugly' win

...Relegation-bound Boys' Town vow to fight to the end

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Friday, February 09, 2018



FROME, Westmoreland — An injury-time goal from substitute Donovan Brown lifted FC Reno to a 1-0 win and three spots into sixth place in the Red Stripe Premier League and, in the process, hammered another nail into the coffin of last-placed Boys' Town in their third-round game at the Frome Sports Grounds on Wednesday.

Brown, who came into the game in the 49th minute, slotted home from close range late in the game as the Boys' Town team tried desperately to hold on for a point.

The win was FC Reno's first over Boys' Town this season, drawing the first and losing the second-round game. The result puts the winners into sixth place for at least 24 hours on 33 points, while the south St Andrew-based Boys' Town extended their winless run to nine games since their last win — interestingly against FC Reno at Frome on December 21.

Over the last nine games, Boys' Town scored just three goals and are sitting at rock bottom in the points table on 14 points from 26 games, and they have given up 47 goals.

After watching his team scrap and struggle to break down a dogged Boys' Town defence, FC Reno Coach Vassell Reynolds said he was happy for the “ugly win”.

“Yes, this was a good win. We have to take into consideration we were playing against a team that was desperate and we had to maintain a certain level of discipline and we did not do that... we did not have enough patience,” he said.

While admitting the display was not aesthetically pleasing, Reynolds noted that the points were valuable.

“It was an ugly. But put it this way, we needed the three points and we got it, so we give thanks,” he noted.

Andrew Price, the Boys' Town coach, was disappointed to have conceded a late goal. But despite his team's bleak position and relegation looming, he vowed they would fight to the bitter end.

“We were in the game for a long time and had the chance to at least come away with a point, [but] we gave up a goal in time added... we must learn to play to the final whistle,” he said.

Boys' Town have in the last few seasons managed to stave off the drop, and Price said the plan is the same this season.

“We are not giving up. We will go until it is not mathematically possible for us to stay up,” Price said.

After a tepid first half, FC Reno were more aggressive and took the fight to Boys' Town, but Demar James missed three good scoring chances in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

James managed to scoop the ball over the Boys' Town cross bar from about eight yards out in the 47th minute, and five minutes later headed just inches over the the top after jumping over the opponents' defence to get to a cross from the right wing.

He got past three Boys' Town defenders in the 55th minute, got to the touch line and squared the ball back into the penalty area, but overlapping central defender Tashaine Campbell failed to get the ball under control and allowed the defence to get the ball away.

With time running out, Donovan Brown who replaced Rusea's High schoolboy Bobby Brown, four minutes into the second half, was well placed at the Boys' Town left post and was quick to get to a ball from fellow substitute Roja Gordon, and kicked it across the line.

In another game on Wednesday, Cavalier edged Sandals South Coast 2-1 through goals from Paul Wilson (eighth minute) and Kamoy Simpson (21st), while Timar Lewis got the consolation.

Teams:

FC Reno — Dennis Taylor, Omar Johnson, Shamar Bernard, Tashaine Campbell, Michael McLeod (Shevnarine Brown-66th), Jashaine Foster, Bobby Brown (Donovan Brown-49th), Afiba Chambers, Lynval Wilson, Danniel Reid (Roja Gordon-76th), Demar James.

Subs not used: Delon Brown, Javed Richardson, Fancy-Hue Stewart, Romone Plummer

Booked: B Brown (16th), Johnson (67th), D Brown (71st)

Boys' Town — Rushane Campbell, Pierre McPherson, Daemion Benjamin, Ricardo Dennis (Kurt Thomas 76th), Andrew Peddlar, Patrick Scott, Anthony Dawes, Xavian Virgo, Jamiel Hardware, Michael Campbell (Javanni Campbell 75th), Bebeto McDonald (Shevon Richards 90+3).

Subs not used: Shaven Wilson, Kenardo Smith, Shaquille Blackford,

Booked: McDonald (6th)

Referee: Daneon Parchment

Assistants: Richard Washington, Jeran Porteous

Fourth Official: Andre Farquharson

Match Commissary: Marlene Brown

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