They compiled clever passes in the middle but poor finishes by Alpha ‘The Hammer’
United FC resulted in a scoreless ninety minutes, while their opponents, Olimpia FC of Honduras, were successful compliments of a 17th minute strike off the boot of Alberth Elis that made the difference when the two teams clashed at the National Stadium, Providence, Tuesday evening last.
Obviously, the defeat has set the local footballers back and places them under greater pressure to decisively win their other ‘home’ encounter when they face USA team, Portland Timbers, at the same venue Tuesday August 19 next.
This reality is not lost on Alpha coach, Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover and though resigned to the loss, admits that his men had made several mistakes which in the end cost them the game. “It is not the result that we had anticipated and I think it was because we did not capitalize on our chances,” lamented Dover. He feels that his team blundered badly by not converting several clear cut chances. That apart, Dover said that the team will go back to the drawing board and regroup in an effort to gain maximum points in the next game.
Notwithstanding their errors, Dover feels that his boys played commendably and the fact that they managed to restrict the visiting team to just 1 goal was due largely in part to their improved game towards the end. He said that his technical team rotated the players in order to change their fortunes but the ploy just did not work.
During the game, Quincy Adams had sustained a cut to his face in the midst of a tackle. He received attention from the medical personnel but was unable to re-enter the fray. Dover said that Adam’s injury is not as bad as it seems and he should be fit for the impending game. He said that he is also banking on his prolific scorers, Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, Kithson Bain and Andrew Murray (jnr) to turn the tide for the team in the next match. The latter player, who was also at the press
briefing, concurred with his coach’s analysis.
Meanwhile, coach of the Honduras unit, Argentine, Héctor Vargas, praised the Alpha team saying that it was a good one. Speaking through interpreter, Mark Xavier, he said that the players are fast and employed good marking strategies. “Nevertheless, I am happy with the end results for my team.”
Señor Vargas admitted that despite the win, his boys had blundered in certain departments and he intended to work on those mistakes for the second encounter which should be competed in Honduras.
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