Sporting's poor finishing frustrates coach Duckie
Published: Monday | December 14, 2009
Though each expressed the same concerns, the emotions were miles apart as the respective coaches of St Georges Sports Club and Sporting Central Academy reflected on their Digicel Premier League second-round encounter of 0-0 at Brancourt yesterday.
St Georges' coach Braxton Hyre who has seen his side earn seven points from six matches in the second round - about half the amount his side earned at a similar stage in the first round - accepted the result in the overall context of the league.
"I think it is a good result. They created chances, we created chances so 0-0 is a fair result.," Hyre told The Gleaner.
"We beat them in the first round, so I know they were anxious to win against us. But it's a point earned away from home," Hyre added.
Not so, a highly incensed Donovan Duckie said as he spoke openly about his feelings.
"It's the first time I feel I don't want to give an interview; I am so frustrated ...it's the same thing every week," he ranted.
Even the fact that the team has gone seven matches without a loss, the first time they had achieved such a run in the league, was little consolation to Duckie.
"I am frustrated, this team doesn't deserve to be in the bottom six."
François Swaby, who has borne the brunt of the criticism for the side's poor conversion rate, was substituted just after the start of the second half, much to the delight of the crowd.
However, his replacement, Onike Ford, fared no better, failing to even get a header on target with the St George's keeper Randal Huie beaten by a well-placed cross from Jermaine Christian.
Levaughn Williams, whose entry was also keenly anticipated, came on with 20 minutes remaining and, despite several teasing runs, failed to break the goal drought.
St George's could also claim frustration as even without top striker Damion Harwood, Romeo Parkes had opportunities which were saved by André Blake, while Daniel Shaw, who replaced defender Jermaine Taylor at the first interval, had shots that rolled just wide of the left upright.