A goal from Heaven

Substitute gives 10-man UWI late victory over Dunbeholden


Monday, November 12, 2018

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The idea came from above, but Michael Heaven was indeed sent from the bench by Coach Andrew Peart as he volleyed home the winner for The University of The West Indies (UWI) in their 1-0 win over Dunbeholden in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at UWI Mona bowl yesterday.

With UWI reduced to 10 men in the 67th minute following the dismissal of Kemar Flemmings, coach Peart replaced his joint top scorer Ryan Miller with defender Heaven to shore up his backline in the 74th minute.

But the strong defender not only stabilised the defence, he found time and space to volley home a Stephen Barnett cross in the 88th minute for the winner which left Peart ecstatic.

“Playing with 10 at home and coming under pressure from Dunbeholden we played well and Michael Heaven coming off the bench and scored his first goal for the club and that's very good for the team,” said Peart.

“This victory is more for what we can achieve in this season as this was tough circumstances to play; we managed to come out with a win,” he added.

Dunbeholden with the impressive Nickoy Christian pulling the strings, left the UWI Bowl disappointed as they dominated the proceeding and got the better chances to win the game, but wasted those chances and paid the price.

It was a bitter loss which prompted heated argument among some players as they tried to come to grips with the loss. Head Coach Rigel Smith could not hide his disappointment.

“We are indeed very disappointed. We could have at least come away with a point. We were looking for three points but a point would have been good. It was just poor management out on the field that cost us this one,” said Smith.

“Anybody would be disappointed from a game like this when you play a team with 10 men you would favour yourself to get three points,” he added.

UWI with their fifth win from 10 games, moved to 17 points and provisionally into second spot, while the promoted Dunbeholden remained at the bottom of the 12-team league with seven points following their third-consecutive loss and seventh from 10 games.

Teams: UWI FC — Amal Knight, Taniel McKenzie, Dravian Williams, Javoy Belnavis, Kemar Flemmings, Kemoy Atkinson (Stephen Barnett 62nd), Fabian McCarthy, Rochane Smith, Ryan Miller (Michael Heaven 74th), Patrick Brown, Dawyne Smith (Anthony Greenland 62nd)

Subs not used: George Brown, Deno Schaffe, Jerondy Henry, Davion Garrison

Booked: Smith (56th), Flemmings (ejected 67th)

Dunbeholden FC — Eric Edwards, Andre Dyce, Shaquille Dyer, Jevon Angel, Richard Orrette, Nickoy Christian, Kemo Gayle, Clayon Pusey (Cornelious Henry 98th), Orlando Ricketts (Jerome Wedderburn 70th), Adrian Williams, Samar Rowe (Dean-Andre Thomas 62nd)

Subs not used: Giovannie Smith, Kevin Reid, Horatio McKnight, Lorenzo Dubidad.

Booked: Pusey (15th)

Referee: Karl Tyrell

Assistant referees: Damion Williams, Kemar Goyle

Fourth official: Doyen Tummings

Match commissary: Marvin Walters

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