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Dunbeholden targeting RSPL final – McFarlane

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:36 AMNodley Wright/Gleaner Writer
Andrae McFarlane (centre), seen here representing Waterhouse, is turned by Tivoli Gardens’ Jermaine Johnson during a Red Stripe Premier League match at Drewsland in 2016.
Andrae McFarlane (centre), seen here representing Waterhouse, is turned by Tivoli Gardens’ Jermaine Johnson during a Red Stripe Premier League match at Drewsland in 2016.

Dunbeholden FC Midfielder Andrae McFarlane boldly declared on Sunday that the second-year Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) team is aiming to get to the final of and to win the competition.

McFarlane, who scored the second goal following Shevan James’ opener in his team’s 2-0 win over Cavalier, which saw them jump from seventh to fifth in the 12-team table, made the ­statement at the end of the game.

“Our aim is get to the final, straight to the final and to win, nothing less and once we get there, we will do it,” said the man, who joined Dunbeholden at the start of the season following stints at Tivoli Gardens, Harbour View and Waterhouse.

McFarlane’s confidence was inspired by not only his personal performance having scored in four successive games to increase his tally to five goals, but by his team winning three matches in a row and climbing up the table.

“This win is very important for us because we really wanted to get three straight wins, something which we had not done all season ... The work that we have done in training is showing in our results. It is working for us and we just have to keep working,” McFarlane said.

This optimism that McFarlane is now feeling is a turnaround from what obtained for the former Waterford High School player, who sometimes looked a dissatisfied figure at Waterhouse.

“There were some difficulties yes. I was falling out of love with the game. I had some personal issues with the new personnel who came in, so I had to just put that behind me,” the Portmore resident said.

Now he is at home playing at ‘home’.

“This is a new team, this is my family and I am here doing the work and it is showing on me. This is a new lease on life.”

The connection with Dunbeholden, McFarlane said, has been a long-standing one even though he had not previously played for the club.

“I am from Portmore and I have been around the club since high school and they have come up in the League now, so I have decided to come home. I am happy about where I am at. The goals keep coming, the coaching staff and my teammates keep pushing me and I will just keep doing what I am doing,” he explained.

POINTS STANDING

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Mt. Pleasant 21 12 4 5 34 19 15 40

Waterhouse 21 11 6 4 37 19 18 39

Arnett 21 9 7 5 33 29 4 34

H. Lion 21 8 9 4 23 17 6 33

Dunbeholden 21 9 4 8 24 20 4 31

Portmore 21 9 3 9 22 25 -3 30

Cavalier 21 7 7 7 30 27 3 28

Tivoli 21 7 5 9 24 26 -2 26

H.View 21 7 5 9 20 30 -10 26

Molynes FC 21 7 3 11 23 32 -9 24

UWIFC 21 2 10 9 22 34 -12 16

Vere United 21 2 9 10 16 30 -14 15