Smith willing to play role for UWI

November 04, 2017

Dawyne 'Rick' Smith is willing to be a role player for the University of the West Indies (UWI) after coming off the bench to score the winning goal against previous leaders Portmore United in the Red Stripe Premier League on Wednesday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.

Smith had been sidelined due to a shoulder injury for two months and started on the bench for the first time this season. He scored the decisive goal in the 83rd minute from a Ryan Miller assist to give his team a 1-0 victory.

Smith, who joined UWI FC last season, praised his new teammates who came in and made the team stronger.

"Let me first applaud the workmanlike performance of my team. I was just the benefactor of the hard work of my team. It was very important that we rebounded from the loss (4-1) against Arnett last Sunday," Smith told Star Sports.

"I was just the benefactor because the team put in a gutsy performance. We played really well, too bad we were not able to grind out something in the previous match," he shared.

"I had a goal coming off the bench in my first game of the new season so far. It was equally important after coming back from injury," Smith added.

"I want to welcome the new members to the squad they have shown their class and consistency. They have gelled and we want that level of maturity and camaraderie that we have seen in Ryan Miller and Fabian McCarthy. Ryan is the leading scorer and we want him to continue. McCarthy has shown suave and maturity in the middle of the park. (Oshane) Jenkins is young but has experience," the former national youth player said..

" I come to work to play whatever part I want to and fight for my game. I have no intention to let my ego override the ultimate objective of winning. I want to compete, if the team is winning and my role is to come off the bench and get the result like yesterday, I am willing to play that role," Smith reasoned.

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