Ryan Miller broke a 10-match goal drought to lead the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC to a 2-1 win against his former club, Cavalier SC, in the Red Stripe Premier League at the UWI Mona Bowl yesterday.
Akeem Thenstead scored in the 12th minute, and Miller added the decisive goal in the 23rd minute for a 2-0 half-time lead. Cavalier fought back courtesy of a strike by national midfielder Chevone 'Messi' Marsh in the 82nd minute.
The victory pushed UWI unto 42 points in seventh position and just outside of the top six playoff spots for the Championship stage. Cavalier remained on 44 points but dropped from fourth to sixth position.
"It's been around 10 games in which I have not scored, so it is a great feeling scoring today. I was on a drought, and I achieved my milestone in reaching double figures. It is a great goal against Cavalier, my home club. It is a good victory," Miller, who exited Cavalier for UWI last summer, told The Gleaner yesterday.
"Yeah, it was a big motivation playing against Cavalier and my friends there. From the training ground earlier this week, I told myself that I would score. It is the right game to score. A massive win. All we need to do is continue and try to get victories in the two remaining games in this round and qualify for the top six," he shared.
"Right now, the leading goalscorer award is gone for me. When the season started, I was looking at scoring more goals. I am not focused on that, but helping the team as every game is a must-win to put pressure on the other teams fighting for top-six qualification," Miller said.
"We have to make every match count as we don't want a situation where we have to depend on others to qualify. Every game is crucial right now," he concluded.
Cavalier head coach Rudolph Speid said poor decisions at the back cost his team the game.
"We made some poor marking decisions at the back in the early part of the game and conceded two goals. We got the first chance of the game and did not take it. We came back in the second half and pressed them and got back a goal, but another goal eluded us," he assessed.
"We dropped down to sixth, but I think we lacked a lot of confidence. We have to just go back to training and work again for the next game," Speid noted.