Price: Boys’ Town need trademark toughness for Magnum Super League
Boys’ Town will have to fall back on some of the qualities for which they are most renowned to make a real challenge for the Magnum KSAFA Super League title.
The Red Brigade, who were demoted from the Premier League last season, came to that realisation instantly in Friday night’s first game back in the lower tier as they played out a tough nil-all tie against Rockfort at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.
It was the feature encounter of the Magnum KSAFA Super League season-opening double-header and Brown’s Town, with a 69th minute goal from Dillon McEnnis, defeated Central Kingston 1-0 to emerge the only winners on the night.
That game too was hard and challenged the combatants in a manner akin to Rockfort’s physical imposition against Boys’ Town’s youth, reminding of the days when the Reds ruled the roost in not only the all-island Premier League, but also KSAFA football when it rated as the country’s big league, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.
“We’ve a very young team and coming up against bigger, more physical players with Rockfort, I think Rockfort’s physical (game) took a toll on the youngsters. But I think they fought hard out there and we got a point and that’s one of the good things,” admitted Andrew Price, Boys’ Town’s head coach.
He added: “They’re young and they’re going to learn and they’re going to have to toughen up and get ready for some robust football because all the teams are going to be coming for Boys’ Town this season, so it’s not going to be an easy road. But it was a good baptism and we need to learn from this and move on.”
Both teams went close to scoring as Rockfort FC hit the goalpost on a couple of occasions, while Boys’ Town’s Rushane Gordon had a second-half goal waved off for offside.
Rockfort FC is a team going places, having made the semi-finals for the past five consecutive years. Omar Henry, their head coach, noted that the blend of old and new players did not coordinate with desired fluency.
“It’s our first game. For me we played an awesome game, we played well for the first time, the old guys mixing up with the new guys, so you (did not) expect to get a free flowing football, we’ve to gel. I’m alright with the point that we got,” he said.
“We need to improve on our defence line and get the midfield attacking line going because going with this 3-5-2 formation a lot of the guys didn’t know what to do, the new guys, but going into the season we’ll advance on the training ground better. Actually we also thought we got a penalty, but that is football,” Henry analysed.
Also, there were areas of Boys’ Town’s play that encouraged Price.
“I was most pleased with the movement of the football. We played some passes and moved it around, we just weren’t clinical in the final third and that’s something we’re going to have to address,” said Price.
“They’ve to understand that at this level the play is a lot faster and they weren’t really moving that quickly to the ball, so we’re going to have to work on that transition in training during the coming weeks. But they’re young players, they’re going to continue to learn and we’re going to persist and continue to develop them,” he added.