Back to winning!
Coach Anthony Patrick got off to a wonderful start as the new boss of promoted Maverley-Hughenden in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with an easy 3-0 win against FC Reno at Constant Spring Complex yesterday.
Patrick replaced Lijyasu Simms who was sacked less than a week ago by Maverley-Hughenden executive body because of a series of poor results. Patrick last coach in the league last season after he saved Waterhouse from relegation. However, he was replaced by Marvin Tate.
Maverley-Hughenden picked up their third win of the season courtesy of goals by Andrew White in the 45th minute, Phillip Peddie from the penalty spot in the 71st minute and Rodico Wellington (74th). It was also their first victory at the home venue.
The winners ended with 10 players as their captain Andrew Peddlar received a red card issued by FIFA referee Kevin Morrison in the 63rd minute for violent conduct.
"It was very important to get off to a positive start in my first game as coach of Maverley-Hughenden as the team was struggling in the league," Patrick told STAR Sports.
"It wasn't a perfect game for us, but the intensity level was great from the players. They fought hard throughout the game and was determined and that paid off," he reasoned.
"We kept our shape after the captain was red carded in the second half. We played with one striker and scored two other goals and that was good for the team's spirit.
"There is still a lot of work to be done as it is a work in progress. I told the players that we had eight game remaining in the second round, and we are looking to gain at least 17 points. Now, we are looking forward to the next game against Arnett Gardens," Patrick concluded.
Losing coach Wendell Downswell said his players lost the tactical discipline, especially when Maverley-Hughenden went down to ten players.
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Maverley-Hughenden 3 FC Reno 0