Thenstead sets up massive UWI win
The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC, led by a Man-of-the-Match performance from midfielder Akeem Thenstead, swamped Savannah Sports Club 6-0 in the Jamaica Football Federation All-Island Confederation play-off series at UWI Bowl yesterday.
Thenstead fired home a brace in the 43rd and 89th minutes, and also assisted in two of the other goals. Rochane Smith also struck twice, in the 58th and 60th minutes. Other goals were scored by substitute Jerondy Henry (89th) and AndrÈ Bernal (90+).
UWI came into the game level on a point with their opponents, and playing on home turf, thrilled their supporters with some good attacking displays.
Savannah, on the other hand, defended poorly, and only Davion Thorpe stood out for the Westmoreland-based club.
Thenstead credited team effort for their big victory.
"It was a total team effort. We faced a must-win situation, as we lost the first game against York and drew against Portmore United," Thenstead told The Gleaner.
"We did not expect to win by such a big margin, so this will serve as a confidence booster for the next three games. We wanted it more and gave a good performance," he added.
UWI's coach, Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle, said it was only a matter of time that the team would have exploded, as they started the play-off series slowly.
"I know that the team has quality, but we took three games for a win because of a slow start to the series. It was a good, workman-like performance from the team," Gayle said.
He also lauded Thenstead.
"He (Thenstead) is a good player with experience, and was easily Man of the Match," he stated.
Meanwhile, coach of Savannah, Marvin Quarrie, said the loss was down to injuries suffered by goalkeeper Neil Williams and midfielder Omar Stewart.
"We started well but lost two players early, and that led to the heavy defeat. We have three games remaining, so we need to start picking up full points," he assessed.
In another game, Portmore took charge of the play-offs with a 1-0 win against York United at York Oval in St Thomas.
Portmore lead the series on seven points, three ahead of UWI and York United, while Savannah are rooted to the bottom on one point. The series continues on Wednesday.