UWI FC spiralled to their fourth successive defeat in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday, going down 1-0 to the in-form Cavalier at UWI Bowl.
Alex Marshall netted the only goal of the game, 25 minutes into the match, as Cavalier continued their streak in the opposite direction, securing their third straight win on the road.
After 10 rounds of matches, UWI were sitting pretty in second place behind leaders Portmore with 17 points. However, they have since been stuck on that points total, and head coach Andrew Peart has a few issues to address.
"It's definitely a tough result. We had opportunities and we just could not find the net, and that's the worrying thing for us, not scoring. We are conceding because of simple errors and that's worrying for us, very worrying, but the only solution for us now is to work hard," Peart said.
He noted that although the opportunities are coming their way, they are just not putting away their chances.
"Whoever the ball drops to, we are just not having any luck, and we need to score, but we also need to protect what we have. But we just have to work hard," Peart added.
Cavalier were the better team throughout the contest and controlled possession from start to finish. However, the best chance of the game fell to Patrick Brown against the run of play, but he blasted his effort over the bar from three yards.
Moments later, Alex Marshall picked up a ball at the top of the area and drove a low shot past Amal Knight for the game's only goal.
In the second half, Cavalier were content to hold on to possession and frustrate their opponents, and although UWI came to life for a brief moment, they rarely threatened the visitors' goal.
After three successive away wins and 10 out of 12 points, Cavalier's Technical Director Rudolph Speid is hoping to maintain his team's good form throughout this round.
"We were not pleased with our sixth-place position in the first round. This round, we have seven points so far, but this is the round you really have to make your mark. You cannot wait until the third round, because the third round is going to be the hardest round, where everybody is in a dogfight for the points, so the aim is to do better in the second round than we did in the first round," Speid stated.