Rare UWI win provides confidence boost

February 01, 2018
University of the West Indies' Dawyne Smith (right) goes high to control the ball ahead of Boys' Town's Dean Edwards (left) during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Barbican Complex in December.

Assistant coach of the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC, Andrew Peart, said that his team's 2-0 victory over bottom-place Boys' Town FC in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday has lifted the confidence of his players.

UWI, who were coming off three straight defeats, were led to victory courtesy of goals from Akeem Thenstead in the 20th minute and Deno Schaffe in the 61st minute.

Peart said that they are very happy for the three points because it will strengthen their quest for the top spot in the competition.

"It is a relief seeing that we got three points, and it's an accumulation of points because we are trying to play much better than we did before," said Peart.

"We have really focused on playing well because we're optimistic that we will make it into the top six, so we have to ensure that we are playing well," he said.

The win has moved the UWI up to sixth in the 12-team standings on the 32 points. Peart added that they are very happy to be back in the top half of the competition.

"It is a good feeling, but we have to be consistent because this is just one game. We have eight games more to go and so we have to really compete and challenge for every point," Peart stated.

Meanwhile, coach of Boys' Town, Andrew Price, said that he was very disappointed with his team's performance.

"I think we got enough chances where we could have gotten something out of the game but we weren't clinical enough," said Price.

"We gave up some goals when we weren't pressuring the players, so we have to be more active on the field and we weren't active in this game," he said. "We are going to continue to fight for the remainder of the season. It is going to be difficult from here on in but we are going to do what we can do," price noted.

Yesterday's results

• Humble Lion FC 0-0 FC Reno

• Boys' Town FC 0-2 UWI FC

• Tivoli FC 1-2 Portmore FC

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