Waite left scratching head after second loss to UWI

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Arnett Gardens FC Head Coach Jerome Waite was left scratching his head as he searched for answers. To the question of why his team did not turn up against The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC in their Red Stripe Premier League clash on Thursday.

For the second time this season, Waite had to watch as his team conceded three goals to the Mona-based team as they went down 1-3, their second loss to the UWI after losing 0-3 at the same venue in the first round.

Waite admitted to reporters after the game that it had been a below-performance from his team, but was left bemused as to the reason why.

“It was a lacklustre performance and you have to ask the question, why when Arnett comes here (UWI Bowl) we don't play? In the first round we played against this team and we lost 3-0 and today we just didn't play.”

UWI entered the game on the back of a six-game losing streak and were obviously determined to stop the rot, something Waite could observe from the sidelines.

“UWI… looked the better team, they wanted it more. As a result of that they scored three goals.”

He was not particularly pleased with the performance of his substitutes either, as they failed to make an impact on the game as well.

“Definitely not [pleased] and this is what you always have to talk about. Players have to understand, once you are given the opportunity, the fact that you get less playing time, you need to rise above expectations,” he said, the frustration obvious in his voice.

The bright spark on a dull day for Arnett Gardens was Kemal “Tull” Malcolm. After scoring a brace against Humble Lion on Monday night, Malcolm found the back of the net again on Thursday.

He restored parity in the game less than two minutes after UWI had scored their first goal of the game with a determined run into the box before firing home past George Brown in the UWI goal. Waite is hoping the former St George's College Manning Cup star will remain healthy and keep on finding the back of the net.

“We are hoping that he can stay healthy and continue to ensure that he remains injury-free and continues to score,” Waite said of his red hot striker.

With only a couple days between games there is not much work that can be done to fix things, the national assistant coach said.

“We have three games in basically seven days, so it's a matter of regrouping with one day to train. We will try and see what we can do on Sunday.”

Waite is anticipating a proper response from his players on Sunday despite the precarious position of his opponents Reno FC.

“Reno are in the bottom half of the competition. They will come and put up a fight, but I am expecting the Arnett Gardens team to bounce back.”

Arnett Gardens are now in fourth position on 26 points, one position lower than they were at the start of match day 16. The top three positions are occupied by champions Portmore United (32 points), Waterhouse FC (30 points) and Cavalier FC (27 points).

— Dwayne Richards

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