“It was a frustrating game for us.” University of the West Indies FC’s (UWI) assistant coach Andrew Peart cut a frustrated figure after the league leaders were held at home against 10-man cellar dwellers Harbour View in top-flight action yesterday. Harbour View halted red-hot UWI FC’s winning streak with the teams battling to a 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at The UWI Bowl in Mona yesterday. The visitors took an early lead when Ranique Muir slotted past the advancing UWI goalkeeper Amal Knight in the fifth minute. However, that strike was cancelled out by Deno Schaffe in the 50th minute. A corner kick taken by UWI’s captain Rochane Smith was headed by Schaffe past Harbour View’s custodian Joel Johnson. Harbour View were later reduced to ten players when Nicholas Beckett was shown a red card by FIFA referee Odette Hamilton for a dangerous challenge on UWI’s Kemar Flemmings in the 47th minute. Both teams had their share of possession and both enjoyed periods of dominance. Harbour View looked better in the first half and were rewarded with the early strike, while UWI took control in the second half, an effort which led to their equalising goal. “It was a frustrating game for us. We started slow and went behind. Then in the second half, we played better. However, we did not show enough aggression after Harbour View went down to ten players,” Peart told The Gleaner. Coach of Harbour View Ludlow Bernard credited his team for a fighting game after the red card. “It was a battling performance from the team. We deserved to win as we got the better chances. I believe that with the extra player on the pitch, we could have done better,” Bernard claimed. Despite the draw, UWI continue to lead on 20 points in the 12-team table, while Harbour View remained in 11th position on six points. Yesterday’s results Jamalco 1 Humble Lion 2 Portmore United 1 Montego Bay United 0 Maverley-Hughenden 2 Arnett Gardens 2 Tivoli Gardens 3 FC Reno 0 UWI 1 Harbour View 1 Waterhouse 3 Boys’ Town 1
The announced crowd of 90,917 got its victory Saturday night, but it wanted a more emphatic performance. And it was not lost on the Trojans, who tried to explain why they didn’t earn many encores from their zealous followers. “All the jitters you get out in the first game is hard stuff,” linebacker Thomas Williams said. “Yeah, we practice against the best every day, but with the lights, the crowd cheering, the TV, it’s tough.” All-American offensive tackle Sam Baker said fans expected a more lopsided score because the opponent was Idaho, but needed to consider other factors. “A lot of people think we should win big, but we were really unsure what they would come out with defensively because they had a new coach,” Baker said. Maybe the uninspired result was attributed to the fact there did not seem to be the intensity of a normal game week around USC last week. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Neither the fans nor the players are satisfied with a 38-10 victory over Idaho. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER Before USC even finished beating Idaho, 38-10, fans were restless inside the Coliseum. USC coach Pete Carroll praised certain aspects of the Trojans’ initial effort, but also found plenty of little errors to point out. “We didn’t shut down the run as well as we’d hoped,” Carroll said. “I was really disappointed that we turned the ball over three times. It’s a bad start for us in that regard.” Carroll also criticized the secondary. “It was like the guys were stretching to make things happen,” he said. And he acknowledged the defensive line did not pressure the quarterback enough, a recurring problem last season. “There were four or five times where we were just short of making something happen,” Carroll said. But enough about the defense. The offense was more than culpable. Quarterback John David Booty struggled and admitted, “we had times where we played like we expected, and times where we didn’t.” Even highly touted Joe McKnight did not enjoy a smashing debut, with a fumble and 26 yards rushing in six carries. Carroll blamed the pregame buildup involving the nation’s top tailback recruit. “I thought he got through it,” Carroll said. “He seemed tired to me.” McKnight and the rest of the Trojans get two weeks to massage their bruised egos. But USC should need a much better effort against Nebraska. “Nebraska runs the football, there’s a big emphasis on that,” Carroll said. He is curious to watch how Huskers quarterback Sam Keller, a transfer from Arizona State who nearly beat USC two years ago, is used in the offense. “We get to look at them two games to see how they use Sam,” Carroll said. ETC.: Tailback Broderick Green will undergo surgery Tuesday on a stress fracture that likely will sideline him for the season. … Cornerback Josh Pinkard underwent an MRI that detected a problem in his knee, but doctors are not sure what the problem is yet. Pinkard, who did not play against Idaho, will rest a few days to see if his knee continues to bother him. … Linebacker Brian Cushing sprained his ankle but said he believed it was a low-ankle sprain and would only sideline him a few days. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!