International debut boost for Fletcher, Nicholson, says Price
Boys' Town coach Andrew Price believes 19-year-olds, Shamar Nicholson and Jourdain Fletcher, making their debuts against the USA in an international friendly in the US on Friday, is just a stepping stone for the two young strikers.
Price expects the exposure to do a lot for both players' confidence and help them progress.
Fletcher the star of the 2016 schoolboy football season, netted 34 goals in leading Cornwall College to the daCosta Cup title and to FLOW Cup final, and there were calls from all quarters for the prolific youngsters to be included in Theodore Whitmore's squad.
Nicholson who plays for bottom of the table Boys' Town is currently the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) top scorer with 10 goals in 18 matches, and that warranted his inclusion.
Both came on with five minutes left in regular time.
"It was a good opportunity for them to get some exposure in adverse conditions," said Price
"I know that for the first time in (Nicholson's) life he was playing on astro surface and in temperatures at that level overseas but I believe the 10 minutes are just a launching pad for them and will do their confidence well as they continue to progress as youngsters," he said.
"They showed the part when they came on, they showed energy even though it was the last 10 minutes, and the fact they were included shows that the coach has confidence in both of them," he added.
"I expect that as they progress and improve they will get more playing time. It will happen over time so they have to be patient, wait for their opportunity and make use of it," he said.