Bygrave wants 20 goals this season

January 25, 2022
Dunbeholden’s Atapharoy Bygrave (right) is challenged by Vere United’s Javier Brown during a Jamaica Premier League game at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence in St Andrew on Monday, January 17.
Dunbeholden’s Atapharoy Bygrave (right) is challenged by Vere United’s Javier Brown during a Jamaica Premier League game at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence in St Andrew on Monday, January 17.

Dunbeholden's Atapharoy Bygrave aims to win the Jamaica Premier League this season.

Bygrave scored twice in his team's 3-0 win over Montego Bay United (MBU) in their Jamaica Premier League (JPL) game at the UWI-Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence yesterday.

He is now the joint top scorer with Warner Brown and Andre Fletcher on three goals apiece, and has been instrumental in both of Dunbeholden's matches this season. With those three goals, he has already equalled his tally which made him his team's top scorer last season.

"I feel great and elated about my performance and I am just going to work harder because my aim is to be the leading goalscorer this year," he said. "My aim is 20 goals this season and each game I am working towards that. I wanted to score a hat-trick but I only scored two, but I give thanks for that."

He said also that this could be the year that Dunbeholden breaks through to the playoffs.

"We have some very talented players and the work we have been putting in training it is what you are seeing in the games," he said. "The coach asked us to work hard and try to stay in the top six and we believe that this year is definitely the year. We are grateful for the good start because we have been training hard for the game." he added.

Bygrave headed his team in front with only three minutes on the clock, from a free kick. He then added a second in the 42nd minute when he capitalised on a mix-up in the MBU defence and slammed home from eight yards out to put his team 2-0 up.

They added a third in the 68th minute when Kimoni Bailey's deflected shot ended up past Darrien Tummings in goal.

Dunbeholden now join Mount Pleasant and Waterhouse at the top of the JPL standings with maximum six points.

MBU Technical Director Ricky Hill said it was a disappointing and lethargic display from his players.

"I am disappointed with our performance over 90 minutes," he said. "Dunbeholden were worthy winners.

"As badly as we played in possession, we conceded some very poor goals. For the first 20 minutes, we were well off the pace. We were lethargic and we conceded from two set-pieces. But I was disappointed with our ball retention. We played so many bad balls but if they don't listen and absorb what I am saying, and try to replicate it on the pitch, we are going to continuously have games like this.

"But it is going to be a process of education and we are going to have to suffer at times and suffer badly to learn from this experience. We are also going to need a lot of work defensively as a team, and we need better control and idea [of what to do] when we are in possession."

The JPL continues today with Portmore United playing Arnett Gardens at 1 p.m. and Molynes United facing Vere United at 3:15 p.m.

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