Peart de­mands more UWI con­sis­tency

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

AF­TER SEE­ING his team lose to ninth-placed Har­bour View FC in mid-week then beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) lead­ers Port­more United away at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval yes­ter­day, UWI FC coach An­drew Peart is de­mand­ing more con­sis­tency from his team.

An­dre Ber­nal fired the vis­i­tors into the lead af­ter 19 min­utes, but Javon East equalised for the hosts six min­utes into the sec­ond half. How­ever, Akeem Then­stead en­sured that UWI left the Oval with max­i­mum points, with a well-taken goal on 55 min­utes.

How­ever, Peart’s team has two wins and two losses in its last four games and four wins, three de­feats, and a draw in its last eight matches. Af­ter yes­ter­day’s sur­prise scalp, the young tac­ti­cian says the fo­cus now is to try and get re­sults from all their re­main­ing games.

BEN­E­FI­CIAL TO CON­FI­DENCE

“The re­sult is just three points, and that’s good,” he said. “In terms of the op­po­nents, it will be ben­e­fi­cial to our con­fi­dence, com­ing to the home of the lead­ers and get­ting a win as well as putting on a good per­for­mance as it wasn’t a scrap. We man­aged to play foot­ball. But we are just try­ing to achieve some con­sis­tency in terms of the mo­ments in the game when we should be get­ting good per­for­mances and con­sis­tency across the games, where we pick up re­sults in ev­ery game we play,”he said.

Port­more could find no an­swer for the slip­pery Patrick Brown. The at­tacker left his marker for dead be­fore de­liv­er­ing a pin­point cross for Ber­nal to head home the opener. But Port­more made some changes at half time, and the two sub­sti­tutes, Rondee Smith and Cleon Pryce, com­bi­na­tion led to East’s equal­is­ing goal.

But just when Port­more looked to seize the as­cen­dancy, Brown slammed through the Port­more de­fence be­fore lay­ing off the ball for Then­stead, who lifted over the ad­vanc­ing Shaven Paul for the win­ner.

De­spite go­ing be­hind, Port­more kept at their op­po­nents, and Smith wasted two glo­ri­ous chances for an equaliser, blast­ing over the bar from in­side the area on both oc­ca­sions.

Although the top six is UWI’s ob­jec­tive, and con­sis­tency is the fo­cus, Peart says they in­tend to take it a game at a time. “For us, we are just fo­cused on the next game. That’s our mantra go­ing for­ward. Not look­ing at what the next five games can bring or what has hap­pened be­fore. It’s just the next game. Our next game is against Har­bour View, and that is a team on the up, so we just have to bring a good per­for­mance again,” he added.

Port­more coach Shavar Thomas said poor de­ci­sion mak­ing and in­di­vid­ual mis­takes let them down. “I’m very dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance. It’s not like UWI came and dom­i­nated. It was a re­sult of our bad play, poor de­ci­sion mak­ing, and in­di­vid­ual mo­ments,” he said.

Port­more re­main two points clear at the top of the ta­ble with 39 points, while UWI climbed into the top six on 30 points, the same as fifth-placed Mount Pleas­ant. Mean­while, Cav­a­lier sit sec­ond, Water­house are third with 34, and Ar­nett are fourth on 31.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/CHIEF PHOTO ED­I­TOR

UWI FC’s Fabion McCarthy (left) is tack­led by Port­more United’s Ven­ton Evans in their Red Stripe Premier League en­counter at the Span­ish Town, Prison Oval yes­ter­day.

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