Mount Pleasant substitute Jourdaine Fletcher was left in tears after himself being substituted 20 minutes after coming on in the team’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) win over UWI on Sunday.  The team’s assistant coach Nigel Stewart insists the move was tactical.

In the end, Mount Pleasant prevailed 1-0 on the back of a Francios Swaby 27th – minute penalty but Fletcher perhaps bemoaned his lack of telling contribution to the fixture.  The forward, once continued one of the nation’s brightest youth prospects, was brought on to the pitch as a replacement for Kemar Beckford in the 73rd minute.

The former Cornwall College standout, however, seemed to struggle to get up to the pace of the game.  His most significant contributions amounting to failing to reach a picture-perfect pass from a Ricardo Campbell freekick in the 78th minute and a wild slash over the bar in the 83rd minute, after being set up on the break by Cardel Benbow. 

By the 92nd minute, Stewart apparently had a change of heart and yanked the forward from the pitch in favour of defensive change Kevin Graham.  It was a move that left the 21-year-old player, disconsolate, and in tears on the bench.  Stewart, however, insisted the team was intent on defending a narrow lead late on.  

“We are professionals it was a tactical change,” Stewart said.

“We needed fresh legs in midfield.  He looked a little winded, I don’t know if it was the occasion but like I said, we are professionals.”

UWI coach Andrew Peart has insisted he is proud of the team, despite being eliminated from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a 1-0 loss to Mount Pleasant at Drax Hall on Sunday.

In a balanced encounter, which headed into the second leg tied 2-2 on aggregate, the game was ultimately decided from the penalty spot.  Striker Francios Swaby fired high into the roof of the net from 12 yards out to give the home team the win in the 27th minute. 

The referee had pointed to the spot after a shot from just outside the area, from Mount Pleasant midfielder Cardel Benbow, struck the outstretched arm of UWI defender Michael Edwards. 

UWI had limited chances to equalize but still sniffed out good enough chances to get back on level terms.  Ramone Reid missed a point-blank header, delightfully set up off an accurate cross just minutes after going behind.  Later on substitute Patrick Brown saw his shot to goal cleared of the line by Mount Pleasant defender Ricardo Campbell in the 88th minute.

“We got one golden opportunity we never capitalised on it.  This is what these games come down to. They had one chance, created out of nothing really, it was just an unfortunate ball to the hand and they scored from the penalty,” said UWI coach Andrew Peart.

“We knew it was always going to be tough because the 17 games they played at home this they went ahead in the first half in 14 of them and never relinquished the lead, so we knew we needed something out of body today,” he added.

“The crowd was not in the game today because they saw our quality and saw that we could score at any moment.”

Promoted Mount Pleasant secured a spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, after a closely contested win over the University of the West Indies at Drax Hall on Sunday.

Heading into Sunday’s second leg the team were locked at 2-2 but a 27th-minute penalty from striker Francios Swaby proved to be decisive in a match the provided few genuine goal-scoring opportunities. 

Mount Pleasant’s crucial breakthrough came about after UWI defender Michael Edwards was deemed to have handled a speculative spot to goal from the edge of the area from Cardel Benbow.  Swaby stepped to the spot to fire the ball high to the right of UWI goalkeeper Amal Knight for his fifth goal of the season.

In a game of limited chances, UWI had a golden opportunity to get back on level terms, but Ramone Reid found only fresh air with an attempted header, from a cross that was accurately whipped into his path.

In the 87th minute UWI had perhaps their best chance of sending the game into extra time but saw that dream crushed after substitute Patrick Brown saw his attempt at goal cleared off the line by man-of-the-match Ricardo Campbell, who provided stout defending throughout the encounter.

2015 champions Montego Bay United are now on the brink of relegation from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following the penultimate round of regular season matches on Sunday.

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