UWI's Brown hoping for Reggae Boyz chance
UWI's 2-1 win over leaders Portmore United in Sunday's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match-up at the Spanish Town Prison Oval was mainly down to the performance of one man, Patrick Brown.
The 25 year-old attacker was a thorn in the flesh of the defending champions and provided two sublime assists to give his team an unlikely three points, a result which also lifted them into the top six.
After a brisk start, UWI put their noses in front after 19 minutes thanks to Brown's brilliance down the left. The confident dribbler dismissed his marker with utmost ease, before finding Andre Bernal with a precise cross, which the latter headed past Shaven Paul in goal.
Portmore pushed hard for the equaliser and had most of the play, but Brown kept them busy each time he picked up the ball. On two occasions, he diced his way through the Portmore defence but the first time he overran the ball and allowed Paul to take the ball off his feet, then on his second attempt he could not find the power in his shot to beat the goal-keeper.
The chmpions rallied to tie the game early in the second-half through Javon East, but minutes later, Brown went on another of his mesmerising dribbles, carving his way through the Portmore back-line, before laying on the ball for Akeem Thenstead, who finished calmly for the winner.
But the man, who has been at the heart of UWI's revival, according to coach Andrew Peart, is hoping his performances is getting attention in other areas as well - particularly the national team, where he hopes to truly make his mark in the future.
"My performances have always been good, so my team always counts on me because of my abilities. I feel good about my performance (Sunday) because we lost the last game and didn't play anything. But today (Sunday) we knew we had to do it and because of my potential, I know I had to do something," he said.
"I have been doing this (playing well) since I came in the league, but I have not been getting the look in that I'm suppose to, but I'm just staying focussed because hard work is what it takes. The two most important things now are, national team and then overseas. Once I can get a cap, as that's what I have been working on, trying to get a call, it will motivate me more to go further, step by step," he reasoned.
Brown has three goals this season and several assists, but he and his coach, Peart, believe he should be hitting the net more.
"I have three goals and I don't see why I cannot get more goals. The thing is to get into the spaces and put the ball in the net. But I am pleased, I like how I am playing and I think now is the time that we have to do what we have to do," he continued.
UWI's coach, Andrew Peart, also holds the player in very high regards.
"Patrick is a fantastic player, we demand and expect a lot from him because of his ability to do special things. He has ambitions of getting into the national team, so we just demand consistency. A lot of the goals we have scored in our resurgence is a result of some good plays from Patrick Brown, so he is doing his part for the team. If he gets into more offensive positions and get more shots on target, he will get more goals," Peart commented.