MBU searching for the right balance
Montego Bay United (MBU) have made a poor start to the 2017-2018 season of the Red Stripe Premier League. Coach Rodrick Underwood is, however, not blaming the absence of some key players for his team's poor performance, but he believes their return will bring more balance to the team.
"The goal is to get better every game, so we need players that understand the league, and also young players to step up and perform, so it's a combination. For the club to go forward, I think we have got to have the balance right so that the young players can develop and the senior players can help them develop," said Underwood.
MISSING SENIOR PLAYERS
MBU, who have been one of the most successful teams recently in the Premier League, currently sit just above the relegation places occupied by Tivoli and Sandals SC, all on one point after three matches. After a draw on the road to a young Harbour View team in their opening match, things got worse for MBU after losing back-to-back matches at home to Boys' Town (1-0) and newly promoted Cavalier (2-1).
MBU were, however, without four of their five senior players, most significantly, national representative Ladale Richie, who were away on national duties; and Jacomeno Barrett who has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Coach Underwood told The Gleaner that two of their other senior players, Keneil Kirlew and Jermaine Woozencroft, are not yet up to full fitness.
Dwayne Ambusley has been forced to lead a very inexperienced team. He has tried to motivate his young teammates in both matches that they lost at home. Coach Underwood believes that with his senior players edging closer to full fitness, the balance will come.
"You can't play in the Premier League with players that have no experience, it's about balance, the right experience, right age, the right fitness level, so it's not piece by piece; we gave got to look at the whole puzzle," said Underwood.