Mar 09, 2011 Sports
With just a few more days remaining before Milerock make their CFU Club Championship debut, the Linden based side drew their final warm-up game against fellow Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United 0-0 yesterday afternoon at the GFC Ground.
While Head Coach of Milerock Brian Joseph was pleased with certain aspects of his teams’ play his opposite number Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover described the performance of his charges as “Dismal”.
Joseph said he saw some improvements in the standard of play from his team since they came up against BK International Western Tigers on the weekend that game ended 1-1 at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground on Friday last.
“I thought it was a good test for us and I felt that we did okay given the fact that we were without some of our main players. I was not pleased with the level of fitness we displayed; we will definitely have to do more work in this regard.”
Over the next few days Joseph informed that they would be working on tactics and team organisation ahead of their debut game against Suriname’s Intermoengotapoe which is slated for the Mackenzie sports Club Ground from 19:30hrs on Sunday.
Leading the strike line for Milerock yesterday was former National forward Collie ‘Hitman’ Hercules who will be donning Milerock uniform on Sunday. Hercules, who is also assisting Joseph with the Technical preparation of the team, will also have the likes of Kayode McKinnon, Denver Dennis and Quacy Johnson for Sunday’s match.
Commenting on what he expects from the Suriname side, Joseph said that he does not know what to expect from the Surinamese but is backing his young side to rise to the occasion.
“We will be aiming to score early against the visitors and then dictate the flow of the game. We don’t know much about them but we will be very competitive.”
The Suriname team is expected to arrive in Guyana on Friday via the Ogle International Airport. The return game will be played at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Suriname on Sunday March 19.
Dover stated that the Alpha side despite training for some time now did not execute what they have been thought in yesterday’s game, squandering numerous goal scoring chances and not playing a cohesive game.
“Despite all we have been doing in the training sessions, we fell down in certain areas and were not penetrative as we should have been. It certainly means that we have to be much more focused on the task of playing hard and making sure that half chances are turned into full chances.”
The National Head Coach pointed out however, that more practice games are needed to really whip the boys into top shape for the second round of the competition.
The first round of the CFU tournament will kick off tomorrow Trinidad and Tobago’s Pro League Champions Defence Force being entertained by Bermuda’s Western Stars at the BAA Field while at Warner Park in St. Kitts & Nevis, home team Newton United FC will take on T&T’s Caledonia AIA.
At the Mindoo Phillip Park in St. Lucia on Sunday, Suriname’s Walking Boys will be aiming to beat the home team, Northern United All Stars. (Franklin Wilson)
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