UWI improve final four shot

February 22, 2016
Ian Allen/Photographer Rodico Wellington (right) from Tivoli Gardens F.C. is pressured for the ball by Ricardo Cousins from Humble Lion during a Red Stripe National Premier League football match at the Edward Seaga Oval yesterday.

UWI strengthened their chances of making the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals after coming from behind to score a confident 5-1 win over Boys' Town at the UWI Bowl on Sunday.

First-half goals from Anthony Grant, Girvan Brown (penalty) and Kemar Flemming, followed by added time strikes from Davian Garrison and Anthony Greenland saw the home team overcame Rafiek Thomas first-minute goal to register their biggest win of their top-flight career.

"We started a bit slow and in the first two minutes conceded a goal, but they held their heads up, kept the discipline, and played right through," said coach Marcel Gayle.

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Spectators had barely taken their seats when Thomas fired the visitors into the lead in the first minute. However, the home team bossed the game afterwards and Grant broke through and round the goalkeeper to equalise.

Minutes later, the Marcel Gayle-coached team went ahead when Kemar Flemming was brought down inside the box and Brown converted from the spot.

UWI grew in confidence after that and gained even greater control of the game, while Boys' Town looked a shadow of themselves. Flemmings made it 3-1 in the 31st minute, driving a low shot under the goalkeeper after a great build-up.

A dejected Boys' Town coach Andrew Price asked questions of his players after heavy back-to-back league defeats.

"There was a lack of commitment from the players. We are going to have to do some internal soul searching to look at the individuals we put out there as this is not acceptable by any standard for Boys' Town," he stated.

The win put UWI on 37 points, two behind fourth- place Humble Lion, which turned back Tivoli 2-1. In another game third-place Portmore (47) and Harbour View (34) drew 1-1. Boys Town remain eighth on 30 points.

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