UWI doing everything to be ready - Peart

May 15, 2017
UWI FC's Keammar Daley tries to control the ball while under pressure from Portmore United's Ewan Grandison in their Red Stripe Premier League first leg semi-final encounter at the Wembley School of Excellence in Hayes Clarendon, recently. UWI won 2-1.

The University of the West Indies' (UWI) assistant coach Andrew Peart said that his team is doing everything necessary to remain focused on the Red Stripe Premier League return leg semi-final against Portmore United on May 28.

UWI hold a 2-1 advantage over Portmore, who are away at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. With that, the second leg RSPL semi-final was pushed back.

With the first leg played on May 7, UWI will be inactive for three weeks.

"You can't really tell whether it is an advantage or disadvantage until after the game," Peart told STAR Sports yesterday.

Prior to the first leg, UWI who finished second in the regular season on 59 points, behind Humble Lion, also had a similar three-week break.

 

Make adjustments

 

"It comes down to the coaching, you have to make adjustments in training in order to keep the players focus on the job. We have to play some quality games to keep match sharp," Peart disclosed.

Peart admitted that his management knew that finishing in the top two would see them getting additional rest.

"We knew that the teams that finished first or second in the regular season would have this to deal with, so we have to find ways to minimise the effect," explained Peart, who is assistant to Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle.

Peart said having won the first leg, the players are upbeat and ready to go.

"The players are really enthused in training. We have pretty much all the players available. The team is ready and training well. We get the sense that the players want to finish the job against Portmore," he added.

UWI are in only their second season in the nation's top flight league, after finishing fifth in their debut 2015-16 season, and narrowly missing the semi-final.

Now, the tertiary institution club are on course for a spot in the final.

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