New strikers deliver for Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant coach, Walter Downes, said a quality strike force made the difference in his team's impressive 5-1 win over Humble Lion in their Jamaica Premier League (JPL) clash at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence yesterday.
Downes, who joined the club in the summer of 2020 as technical director but took over coaching duties after Paul 'Tegat' Davis left the club last July, said the team lacked the firepower to really complement the football they played last season and they went into the market to find players capable of doing the job.
Yesterday, three of the club's new recruits, Ricardo Morris, Allan Ottey and Donovan Segree, all found the back of the net and Downes was pleased to see his new strike force delivering the goods so early into the season.
"I was very pleased. I was saying last year how pleased I was with how we played. But we let ourselves down in the opposition's final third, because we created a lot of opportunities but we didn't have the quality strikers to put teams to the sword," he said.
However, he believes it is too early to start really start thinking about winning the JPL title.
"We have played one game. We have 21 to go. I am sure everyone has the same aspirations but we couldn't have given ourselves a better start. So it's about getting ready for the next game and see how we can improve and get better," he added.
Mount Pleasant stamped their authority early on the game. After 14 minutes, a player was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Keneil Petrie and Daniel Green converted the penalty for the first of his two goals. Three minutes later Ottey latched on to a loose ball to score, before Green added his second and Mount Pleasant's third in the 43rd minute. Morris grabbed the fourth one minute into first half stoppage time.
Humble Lion gave a stronger performance in the second half and pulled back a goal through Cory Hylton from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute. However, Donovan Segree restored the winners' four-goal margin with a late strike in added time.
Humble Lion's coach Andrew Price called the first 20 minutes 'a baptism of fire.'
" We really didn't play well in the first 20 minutes and a well oiled Mount Pleasant team overran us. We made some adjustments in the second half and we were more competitive and played much better. But these players will have to learn and this is part of the learning process," he said. In yesterday's opening game Harbour View and Molynes United played to a 2-2 draw. Trayvon Reid (45th and 90th minute) got both goals for Harbour View while Nicholas Nelson (43rd and 58th) also scored a brace for Molynes.