Fri | Jul 19, 2019

UWI showed great character - Peart

Published:Friday | April 19, 2019 | 12:07 AMAkino Ming - Staff Reporter - -
UWI's Deno Chaffe celebrates after scoring against Humble Lion during their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the UWI Mona Bowl in Kingston, January 27 2019.
UWI's Deno Chaffe celebrates after scoring against Humble Lion during their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the UWI Mona Bowl in Kingston, January 27 2019.

Although he admits that his UWI FC endured a season of inconsistencies in the Red Stripe Premier League, head coach Andrew Peart believes the team showed great character to finish in the top six and he hopes this will carry over into next season.

UWI were knocked out of the play-offs by Mount Pleasant FA at the quarter-final stage.

However, Peart, who was in his first season as a RSPL head coach, is taking pride in how his team recovered from their poor mid-season form to make the top six.

After tallying 17 points in their first 10 games, UWI failed to register a point in their next five games. But, they garnered 11 points in their last 10 games of the season to secure their spot in the playoffs.

“First year in charge of the programme, and the team gave a good showing. We started the season pretty well. After ten games we were two points off the top of the table, but we suffered a dip in form and I think what really happened after is a good show of character from the team that we could bounce back to secure a spot in the top six. The recovery we made was fantastic,” Peart shared. “It is a learning and growing moment and you just take the lessons and you move on.”

One of the lessons Peart learnt is that it is difficult to manage two football teams in a calendar year, a realisation that led to him parting ways with Jamaica College after he was promoted as the school's head coach ahead of last season.

“I made the decision to walk away. It is a decision made based on time. You want to afford each team the maximum time and I had to choose one at the end.

I believe it is better for the growth of both programmes that each has a head coach who can solely focus on them,” said Peart, who failed in his bid to continue JC's trophy winning streak last year.

Davion Ferguson has since been confirmed as the school's new head coach.