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Happy reunion

Jenkins admits move to UWI influenced by desire to link-up with old coach

Friday, January 19, 2018

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At the end of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), two players left Cavalier SC and headed to University of the West Indies FC.

Those two players are Ryan Miller and Oshane Jenkins, both former St George's College Manning Cup players. Most people who follow the RSPL would be well aware of the move Miller made as he has been the leading goalscorer for the UWI and one of the leaders in the race for the Golden Boot.

But while Miller has been grabbing the headlines virtually all season, Jenkins has been quietly going about his business in his role as a wing back for the Mona-based club.

The spotlight finally turned on Jenkins on Sunday when he scored his very first goal for the club when he gave the UWI a 1-0 lead over visitors Sandals South Coast FC with only 11 minutes played in the game.

Sandals drew level in the first half, but the UWI ran out 3-1 winners as Andrae Bernal and Patrick Brown ensured that the Marcel Gayle-coached team sealed their first win in 2018.

For Jenkins, it was a proud moment to finally get on the scoresheet for his new club.

“It's a good thing because I am a part of the scoring team, so it helped to enhance the team to victory so I am proud of myself,” he said of finally finding the back of the net.

The young defender also hailed his decision to make the move to rejoin his high school coach.

“It's been a great move because I feel at home. There is no problem in the team; they help me to play to my true potential. It's my former coach from St George's College, so there is motivation there from it has been building,” Jenkins noted.

Coming to work with his old coach was a big part of the decision to the move in the summer.

“That was a part of it because he knows how to get the best out of me. I have been with him since high school, so yes, that is part of it.”

“I have been watching some clippings of wing backs and how they get in the box and get chances. For the past two weeks I have just been practising in training and coach told me that once I reach the box I should not hesitate, I should move towards goals and take a shot,” he said.

Scoring the first goal of the game was special, and the fact that his team went on to win added to the euphoria of the occasion.

“It's a great feeling because the team won and we haven't won in a while, so for me to score the first goal when we win after a bad patch, it feels good,” Jenkins expressed.

After fumbling their way through most of the second round, the new year has seen a turnaround in the fortunes of the UWI, who have picked up five points from their first three games to start heading in the right direction once more.

— Dwayne Richards

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