Roma need consistency

Roma United are one of Cayman’s
most entertaining football teams, which is why they narrowly avoided being
relegated last season was both a relief and mystifying considering the talent
they boast. Roma finished just above Sunset, who were relegated, yet Roma beat
some top teams during their erratic run. Only two years ago they won the
Digicel Cup in style and it was that form which was expected to propel them to
become a dominant force. It didn’t happen.

Comprising of mostly Jamaican
nationals, there is never a dull game when Roma are involved. As the new
Premier League season approaches, Roma President Bobby Sairsingh, hopes to see
more consistency. Although they lost 3-1 in a practice game against the Cayman
national side on Sunday, there was enough quality football to make them optimistic
about the next campaign.

Their approach play was often
stylish and full of flair but the final killer ball was too often off the mark
– similar to last year. “We expect Roma to be more tactical and disciplined
this season,” Sairsingh said. “We hope to see overall improvements, especially
in midfield play and goal scoring. We should be more competitive than last season.”

One of the main reasons they
survived was because Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright scored consistently from his left
midfield role. Wright is considering offers from other clubs but may yet stay
with Roma. “Dwayne still attends our practices,” Sairsingh said. “Other clubs
have expressed interest in him but there’s no final decision yet on which club
he will sign to.”

Sairsingh’s 2009/10 season was
clearly defined by two halves. “We had improvements in discipline, better
commitment and good team performances after the January transfer window but the
low points were the poor discipline, lack of commitment and poor performances
in the first half of the season.”

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