UWI clip Humble Lion for 2nd-straight win

Observer staff reporter

Monday, December 17, 2018

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC registered their second win on the trot courtesy of a 1-0 result over Humble Lion in a lacklustre Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) contest at the UWI Mona Bowl yesterday.

Patrick Brown found the solitary goal of the contest in the 55th minute, which ensured that the university side continued its upward trend after recently breaking a six-game losing skid.

The win pushed UWI into sixth position on 23 points, overtaking Tivoli Gardens who slipped to seventh on 22 points following their 1-1 stalemate with Mount Pleasant FA, who provisionally moved into fourth position on 27 points.

Humble Lion dropped into eighth position on 20 points.

After playing out a listless first half, both teams gradually injected more tempo into their game at the top of the resumption, with Humble Lion looking more dangerous as UWI's custodian George Brown was called on twice to thwart breakaway plays from Andrew Vanzie.

However, the all-important strike went the way of UWI FC when Brown picked up a loose ball at the edge of the 18-yard box and fired a stunner past Keniel Petrie, who was beaten in full flight diving to his right.

The hosts went close to doubling the lead three minutes later when a shot from close to the half line, hit along the ground by Kemar Flemmings, caused some problems for Petrie who got down in time to parry.

That was all the action on offer for the remainder of the game as neither team created any real build-up to trouble the scoreline.

Winning coach Andrew Peart was pleased that his team is on the resurgence.

“I must commend the guys for the effort and the mentality to fight through the game because that is important. We have to fight to gain as many points as we can now. so we have two more games left in the year and we want to close the year on a positive note given that our previous games didn't go so well,” Peart told journalists in a post-game interview.

Humble Lion's Assistant Coach Lij Simms lamented his team's lack of fight.

“We weren't ourselves today, we didn't flow the ball as we normally do and the effort from the players wasn't what we expected. So we just have to go back to the training ground, see where we went wrong and fix it as we go along,” he noted.

Teams: UWI FC — George Brown, Michael Heaven, Deno Schaffe, Rushawn Plummer, Kemar Flemmings, Jerondy Henry(Akeem Thenstead 69th), Rochane Smith, Dawyne Smith(Javoy Belnavis 79th), Fabion McCarthy, Patrick Brown, Andrae Bernal (Anthony Greenland 90+2)

Subs not used: Dravian Williams, Stephen Barnett, Kemoy Atkinson, Nicholas King

Booked: R Smith (42nd), Henry (51st)

Humble Lion — Keniel Petrie, Levaughn Williams(Rohan Richards 73rd), Hugh Howell, Kirk Duckworth, Hughan Gray, Seigel Knight(Cory Hylton 70th), Michael Binns, Andrew Vanzie, Leonardo Jibbison, Romoy Parkins, Romeo Wright(Craig Foster 52nd)

Subs not used: Damion Crooks, Lorenzo Lewis, Afiba Chambers, Gregory Morgan

Booked: Howell (17th), Gray (42nd), Hylton (71st)

Referee: Odette Hamilton

Assistant referees: Jasette Kerr, Rickton Archer

Fourth official: Nerisa Goldson

Match Commissary: Delroy Josephs

Yesterday's results

UWI 1, Humble Lion 0

Mount Pleasant 1, Tivoli Gardens 1

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