Roma adopt better attitude

Roma United leads the point
standings in the 2010-11 season of the Cayman Islands Football Association
Premier League competition with six points after two rounds of matches.

They are followed by Elite and
George Town with four points each, defending champions Scholars International
and Tigers with three points Bodden Town and East End with one point apiece and
Future still without a point.

During their first game of the
season Roma scored in the 83rd minute to defeat Future 1-0 and last Sunday they
outplayed new comers East End 4-2. Roma, after struggling to escape relegation
from the league last season seem to have found the right remedy for this season
new head coach Stephen Petgrave who is also a former referee. Adrian Dawkins
was one of the scorers against East End. He is in his second season with Roma.
Many consider him to be our most improved player. He is a regular starter,
scored one goal last season and his strike against East End was a spectacular
free kick.

Petgrave said: “The main factor
preventing Roma from performing successfully over the past seasons was their
indiscipline. As the head coach I have focused on fixing this problem and have
seen where my efforts have not gone in vain. I have showed them how to love and
respect each other on and off the field and this has calmed their attitude. In
the past they had internal competitions and were crowd pleasers, now they have
learnt to respect each other on the field of play as their team mates and not
for the personal ratings and the positions that they hold in the community.

“They are now a unit and their
relationship with each other as players has taken a positive direction. They
are less aggressive towards each other. They train very hard, adapting to
different positions as my aim is to convert them into holistic players as
opposed to playing specific roles during the games. The work on the Roma team
is not over but we are improving and training hard to stay on top.”

Meanwhile, in other games played
over the weekend defending champions Scholars International beat Future 2-1,
George Town clipped Tigers and 1-0 Bodden Town lost to Elite 7-1 thanks to five
goals by Alex Belcher. Elite skipper Rene Carter scored one of the other goals.
Games are scheduled to continue this weekend.


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