Reno's hope built on defence

January 23, 2018
Vassell Reynolds, coach of Reno.
Junior McGregor (right) from Tivoli Gardens F.C. and Rashane Fester (centre) from Reno F.C. vie for the ball during a Red Stripe National Premier League football match at the Edward Seaga Mini Stadium on Sunday. Rushing in to help is Tevin Shaw (right) of Tivoli. Reno won the match 2-1.
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Reno's coach, Vassell Reynolds, says that his team now fully understands the importance of being a strong defensive unit.

Reynolds, who guided his team to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Tivoli FC at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, said that the fact that his team has got a defensive philosophy will go a far way in Reno's qualifying for the play-offs.

"I think that we were one of the better teams over the last few games, defensively, which was one of our focuses," said Reynolds.

Reno has conceded 22 goals in their 23 goals thus far and is midpack in terms of defensive stability. Portmore (15), Tivoli and Harbour View (16), Cavalier (17), and Waterhouse have conceded fewer goals than Reno.

The team has conceded only two goals in the five games they have played since Reynolds joined in December.

 

NEW THRUST

 

"Now that we understand as a team - the defensive concept - we have been embarking on a new thrust in terms of getting our attacking plays going. I wasn't surprised at all that we would have scored two goals on Sunday to pick up three valuable points," said Reynolds.

Linval Wilson (78th) and Afiba Chambers (81st) got the goals for Reno.

The win marks a strong start to the third round for Reno. It was also the team's first goal since the departure of scoring machine Craig Foster, who scored 10 of their 16 goals before Sunday.

"This puts us in a good position to remain in contention for the business round of the competition. It is also good motivation for us to make use of our goalscoring opportunities," Reynolds said.

Reno, with 28 points, are currently in sixth place in the 12-team standings. They are ahead of Waterhouse on goal difference and one point ahead of Harbour View.

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