MBU rue lack of at­tack­ing op­tions

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS THE WEEKEND STAR - KAVARLY ARNOLD STAR Writer

Vas­sell Reynolds, head coach of Mon­tego Bay United (MBU), be­lieves the ab­sence of an out-and-out striker was the main rea­son be­hind their 3-1 de­feat to UWI FC at We­sPow Park, in Mon­tego Bay, yes­ter­day. Rochane Smith (20th minute), Javoy Bel­navis (77th) and Ryan Miller (85th) were the goalscor­ers for UWI. Al­lan Ottey (75th) scored for MBU. MBU went into the game with Odane Nish play­ing a false nine role as Jour­dain Fletcher picked up an in­jury in the 0-0 draw at Ar­nett Gar­dens on Mon­day night. Fletcher joins striker Dino Wil­liams as key at­tack­ers out in­jured. Reynolds said that the team misses Wil­liams, who he is hop­ing will make a re­turn soon. He, how­ever, is look­ing for­ward to the youth to carry the bur­den in his ab­sence. “The cut­ting edge wasn’t there. Clearly, the young­sters we would have liked to carry the bulk of the work with­out a Dino are not up to that stan­dard as yet, but we just have to con­tinue to work with them and ex­pose them. Each game we ex­pose four or five of the young­sters un­til Dino is back, so we can solve that sit­u­a­tion,” Reynolds said.

HEAVY BUR­DEN

“Clearly the young­sters that we would have brought in are not mak­ing that tran­si­tion as well as we would have liked. How­ever, we have to con­tinue to give them the chance, as that’s the only way they are go­ing to im­prove. At this stage of the com­pe­ti­tion, we can’t put that heavy bur­den on the older play­ers, so to speak,” he added.

“We are just a few weeks away from the other win­dow and we will just have to look to see in what area we need to strengthen.”

Reynolds, who be­lieves the team played rea­son­ably well de­spite the re­sult, is dis­ap­pointed in its in­abil­ity to fin­ish in front of goal. “Very dis­ap­pointed with the out­come. I don’t think the re­sult is a true re­flec­tion of the game, be­cause I don’t think we played badly. We cre­ated a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half, but just was not as com­posed as we would have liked in the fi­nal third,” said Reynolds.

“Af­ter we got the equaliser to keep up the pres­sure on them in the sec­ond half, we con­ceded. We are very dis­ap­pointed in the man­ner in which we con­ceded those goals, and the fact that we cre­ated so many op­por­tu­ni­ties and only scored one.”

Reynolds

FILE

Ro­maine Brack­en­ridge (right), then of Tivoli Gar­dens, and Mon­tego Bay United’s Dino Wil­liams bat­tle for pos­ses­sion of the ball dur­ing their Red Stripe Pre­mier League foot­ball match at the Ed­ward Seaga Com­plex on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, 2018.

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