Western kept off scoresheet in sweep at hands of St. John’s

Dave Kearsey
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ST. JOHN’S  Logan McIsaac believes a poor defensive effort stood in the way of his team’s lack of scoring punch against a talented St. John’s team in two shutout losses.

“We broke apart defensively,” McIsaac said of his team’s inability to thread the needle in a two-game series on the road.

McIsaac, a native of Stephenville, is a member of the BMO Western entry in the provincial Under-16 boys soccer league.

The hometown St. John’s 16s, considered the team to beat on the provincial Under-16 level this year, held the Western boys off the scoresheet in a two-game sweep at King George V Pitch.

Brandon Howlett had a three-goal performance and Simon Forward had the goose egg to  lead St. John’s to a 4-0 win over BMO Western Sunday morning.

Lucas Tucker also scored for St. John’s in the victory.

On Saturday night, McIsaac and company had to settle for a 3-0 loss to the townies with Fomba Fambulleh, David Mattatal and Lucas Tucker denting the mesh.

Jack Haywood recorded the shutout in Saturday’s contest at King George V Pitch.

BMO Western opened the season two weeks ago with a brace of wins — 7-0 and 5-0 — over the North East United Soccer Club, but McIsaac said the showdown with the St. John’s boys proved to be a much bigger challenge than opening weekend.

“You kind of adapt to who you are playing against and we couldn’t keep up to the level of St. John’s,” he said of being kept off the scoresheet in both games.

McIsaac felt his team had a couple of scoring chances in both games, but just couldn’t finish. He believes the team will have to make a much better effort on defence if they want to compete with the top teams.

“We got to start marking our man better and we have to work on fitness too,” he said.

Dealing with back-to-back games with no offensive punch was disappointing for the boys and it left some of the players with a negative attitude during the game, according to McIsaac. He believes an attitude change is a must if the team wants to make strides and catch up to some of the stronger teams in the early going.

“One player to another there was a lot of negative comments to each other and that didn’t help us,” he said. “We got to learn how to stay positive and keep better compactness in the defensive zone.”

He hopes all hands will take a serious look at how they played and responded to various situations, so that they can adjustments to improve as a group with each passing game.

It’s a matter learning a lesson or two and moving on, he was quick to point out as the team now will now try to improve on its 2-2 record when it plays host to Portugal Cove St. Phillips June 28-29 at Wellington Street Sports Complex.

“Just put it behind us and look forward to the next game,”he said.

Organizations: BMO, North East United Soccer Club, Wellington Street Sports Complex

Geographic location: Stephenville

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