Experience paying dividends for UWI in Red Stripe Premier League
UWI edges closer to a semi-final berth in their debut Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign, following a 2-0 win over champion, Arnett Gardens at the UWI Bowl yesterday.
Inspired by their experienced team leaders in Girvon Brown upfront and Nicholas McMorris in defence, the newcomers took the lead through Brown, who tied his best tally of 12 goals for a season, when he netted a penalty after 23 minutes.
They extended their lead five minutes into the second-half when McMorris assisted Anthony Greenland, after a brilliant counter attack led by the defender.
Both players agreed the win was a big statement of their growth since the start of the season, when they went down 3-1 to the said Arnett team. Yesterday's result also put them in pole position to advance to the last four.
"It was a very important win. We have a couple of teams challenging us for that fourth spot so we need to keep winning. We have three games left and we are fourth. But it's great to beat Arnett, they beat us bad in our introduction to the league so this is a promising turn around as we are not just here to participate, we are here to be a strong part of the league," McMorris stated afterwards.
Brown said: "This (win) was important. We want to get to the semi-final so it was important to come out and play good football and get the victory."
The former Boys’ Town defender, McMorris, is also pleased they are keeping clean sheets again, with the game against Arnett being the second straight after a 4-3 loss to Rivoli.
"The Rivoli game was an anomaly. The field was very bad and soaked; we scored three goals and lost. But again we are keeping clean sheets and it shows the quality of the team and the defending.”
He added: "Experience is always needed at the back and I am certainly one of the more experienced players in this team, so just keeping the team together as a unit, being able to read the game and do a lot of talking are the strong points I bring to the team."
Brown has put away all his five penalty attempts — among his 12 goals — and believes the expertise of the senior players in their ranks is making a massive difference.
"You have experienced players like (Jamie) Robinson, (Kemar Flemming), McMorris and myself just coming through at the end of the season, so we are just working hard. The leading scorer is just three ahead and I want to get the leading scorer," he said.
UWI are fourth on 42 points, one more than Humble Lion, while Harbour View (39) and Boys’ Town are also in the race for a top four-spot.
UWI F C 2 Arnett 0
Humble Lion 2 Waterhouse 0
Boys’ Town 2 Harbour View 1
Reno FC 3 Tivoli Gardens FC 3
Rivoli FC 3 Cavalier 1
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