Newbies shine in UWI draw

September 27, 2017
Marcel Gayle

FABIAN McCarthy, who was transferred from Montego Bay United, was comfortably in his central midfield role. Ryan Miller, formerly of Cavalier, played a big role with his command of the game and Oshane Jenkins, formerly of Cavalier, provided the cross that led to Davion Garrison's goal. He was also covered well at his left-back position.

Stephen Barnett, formerly of Harbour View, came on to show good pace and control as the University of the West Indies' (UWI) new players performed well in their opening Premier League game against Waterhouse on Sunday.

The performances of the new recruits pleased coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle.

"The players who came in are good ones. We went for those four players to fill some roles and they did well in the first game. With time, they will get better," Gayle told STAR Sports.


Penalty was awarded


In one play, with the game level at 0-0, Jenkins relayed a pass inside the area to his long-time friend Miller, who went by Waterhouse captain Nicholay Finlayson inside the area. Finlayson fouled Miller and a penalty was awarded. However, the kick by Rochane Smith hit the post and rebounded into play.

Miller praised the performance of the team although playing at home.

"It was a good performance from the team. I don't think I was up to standard but others said I looked good. McCarthy had a great game. His approach was good, his energy level and control in midfield was excellent. He motivated the team.

"Jenko (Jenkins) also did good as he went up and down the flank and defended well. He also assisted in the goal. It was a good look from the team. We will get better as the season goes on. We have a good coach in 'Fuzzy', so I am expecting another good season from UWI," Miller noted.

UWI will next play away to Humble Lion on Sunday at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.

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