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UWI break winless streak at expense of offbeat Molynes

UWI FC...2 Barrett (17th), Barnes (57th pk) Molynes Utd...1 Farquharson (13th)

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, November 18, 2019

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University of the West Indies (UWI) FC ended their 10-match winless run, while extending Molynes United's luckless streak with a 2-1 scoreline in a lukewarm Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter at Constant Spring Field yesterday.

Shuwayne Barrett's 17th minute strike and a 57th-minute penalty by Zhelano Barnes, handed the university side their second win of the campaign, as they climbed out of the relegation zone and into 10th position on 11 points.

Fakibi Farquharson (13th) got the goal for the promoted Molynes United, who are now six games without a win after starting the season like a house on fire with six-consecutive wins. They have now been relegated to third on 20 points.

Mount Pleasant FA now assume second position on 22 points, following their 2-1 win over fourth-placed Humble Lion (18 points) at Drax Hall in St Ann.

Champions Portmore United are now seventh on 16 points after clipping the struggling Tivoli Gardens 1-0 at Edward Seaga Complex. Tivoli Gardens have once again slipped into the red zone in 11th position on nine points.

Meanwhile, Dunbeholden FC piled on more pressure on the other promoted team Vere United with a 2-1 win in their fixture at Royal Lakes in St Catherine. With the win, Dunbeholden inched up to ninth on 14 points, while Vere remain at the foot of the 12-team standing on eight points.

At Constant Spring, the contest offered very little to write home about as neither team really had a handle on the game which produced only the two goals.

After Farquharson fired Molynes United in front with a tidy finish, Barrett responded for UWI four minutes later to make it 1-1 at the break.

On the resumption, Molynes again started more purposeful as they briefly camped out in UWI's half and created a few openings, but those attacks amounted to nothing.

That allowed UWI to find the go-ahead goal against the run of play 11 minutes in when Barnes stepped up and converted from the 12-yard spot after substitute Rohan Beadle was bundled over inside the danger area.

The hosts gradually injected some tempo into their game and again breached UWI's defensive line a few times, but thier hunt for the elusive equaliser proved futile.

Winning Coach Andrew Peart praised his team for a gusty performance.

“The way we defended for the last 20 minutes was really good, so I must commend the team for that and securing the win coming from behind. We wanted to start the round positively and gain some momentum and today was one of those games where the performance matched the result,” Peart said in a post-game interview.

Meanwhile, Molynes United's Assistant Coach Garnett Lawrence is hoping his team will regain their winning momentum soon.

“The hardest thing is to get back on the winning road after losing so much games on the trot, but we still have to continue the work because it is still a long season. So hopefully we will start getting back the desired results soon,” Lawrence told the Jamaica Observer.

Teams:

Molynes United - Babiandes
Evan's, Damion Thomas,
Kevin Seivwright, Sigani
Frackson, Fakibi Farquharson,
Akeem Stewart(Tajahe Dixon
71st), Turique Wilson, Patrick
Shecklude(Troy Reid 57th),
Jermy Nelson, Nicholas
Nelson, Ryan Brown(Devon
Hodges 71st).
Subs not used: Leon Taylor,
Keith Wright, Shane Watson,
Orane Ferguson
Booked: Seivwright (24th),
Wilson (67th), Fraquharson
(68th), Frackson (70th)

UWI FC - Nicholas King,
Rushawn Plummer, Michael
Heaven, Javoy Belnavis,
Tejaurn Williams, Davion
Shakes, Giovanni Reid, Zhelano
Barnes, Trey Bennett(Rohan
Beadle 46th), Shuwayne
Barrett(Shemar Hunter 75th),
Thorn Simpson(Trivante
Stewart 46th).
Subs not used: Rasheed
Thomas, Nyron Delpesche
Booked: King (79th), Beadle
(83rd), Williams (87th), Hunter
(90+4)
Referee: Okeito Nicholson
Assistant Referees: Ricton
Archer, Joshua Jackson
Fourth Official: O'Hara Headley
Match Commissary: Anthony
Gibbs


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