Price pleased with first year at Hum­ble Lion

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - DANIEL WHEELER STAR Writer

Al­though Hum­ble Lion head coach An­drew Price lamented the pre­ma­ture end to the 2019-20 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) sea­son, he was pleased with how the team per­formed in his first sea­son in charge. Af­ter an eighth-place fin­ish in the 2018-19 cam­paign which in­cluded the dis­missal of Glendon ‘Ad­mi­ral’ Bai­ley in Fe­bru­ary 2019, Price the long-time coach of Boys’ Town was brought in to im­prove the Claren­don-based club’s for­tunes.

He said that he was pleased with some of the mile­stones reached for this cam­paign, which in­cluded be­ing in the play-off hunt and for play­ers Den­nis Tay­lor and An­dre Clen­non to get na­tional team op­por­tu­ni­ties. De­spite not be­ing able to fin­ish things on the field, he says that a plat­form has been set for suc­cess next sea­son.

“I think we achieved a cer­tain num­ber of our ob­jec­tives for the sea­son and it was just un­for­tu­nate that we weren’t able to com­plete it,” Price said. “But it sets a good foun­da­tion for the com­ing sea­son and we would want to op­er­ate in a sim­i­lar man­ner in which we op­er­ated this sea­son.”

Hum­ble Lion, with four games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son, were in a good po­si­tion to qual­ify for the play-offs, tied for third place on points (46) with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Port­more United. That was an 11-point im­prove­ment from their 35-point to­tal last sea­son. Ad­di­tion­ally, they con­ceded only 23 goals this year, fewer than the 38 they al­lowed last year.

GOOD RAP­PORT

Price said that a con­trib­u­tor to the suc­cess in his first year at Ef­fortville was the good rap­port he had with the com­mu­nity and play­ers, which helped him to set­tle quickly to his new sur­round­ings.

“The in­ter­ac­tion with the com­mu­nity and the play­ers was very good, very sim­i­lar to what I would have had down at Boys’ Town,” he said. “So it was sim­i­lar in a lot of ways and it made the tran­si­tion very easy,” he added. “Once we were able to get the buy-in of the play­ers as to what we wanted to do with our phi­los­o­phy and high level of dis­ci­pline, I think the play­ers un­der­stood what we were tar­get­ing. And I think we were on the cusp of some­thing spe­cial. It was just un­for­tu­nate that we weren’t able to com­plete it.”

FILE PHO­TOS

Price Hum­ble Lion’s Court­ney Hill (right) tries to move the ball away from Port­more United’s Cha­vany Wil­lis dur­ing a Red Stripe Premier League game at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval in St Cather­ine on Sun­day, Jan­uary 5.

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