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Lalor gets tactics right with match-winner Malik Douglas

Sunday, March 11, 2018

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A stoppage-time goal from Malik Douglas gave former premier league club Barbican FC a dramatic 2-1 win over Mountain View FC in the Magnum/KSAFA Super League mid-season final at the Constant Spring Field on Friday night.

Douglas proved to be an inspired substitution by Coach David Lalor after he was introduced to the fray with just about 20 minutes left in the contest.

Deshawn Morris had given Barbican the lead on the stroke of half-time when he slotted home from close range after being left unmarked at the back post with a minute left on the clock. Andrew Christie missed a penalty 10 minutes after the restart and with that went the chance to put the game to bed.

Barbican seemed to be home and dried, however, before Michael Isaacs popped up to level the game at 1-1 six minutes before the end of regulation time, making the Christie miss even more glaring.

Most people were preparing for extra time when the former Camperdown High Manning Cup star broke the hearts of the Mountain View faithful with yet another close-range finish.

“It is a wonderful feeling to get the game winner tonight for my team. I went onto the field and executed the instructions of my coach, and it paid off well for me and my team,” Douglas said.

Having overcome a poor start to the season, Douglas believes the return of key players has helped the team to progress to where they are now.

“We are working hard in training even though we have some ups and downs. At the start of the season the squad was very small, which caused us to have a bad start, but the return of senior players Akeem Priestly and Ramone McGregor, who were overseas, has helped us to do better.”

Lalor said that the decision to leave Douglas out of the starting eleven was a tactical one that paid huge dividends.

“Malik would have normally been a starter for us, but we made some tactical adjustments with putting in another player to keep Troylan Williams out of the game, because he is their main target man. So at the end of the day it worked for us; Troylan was basically out of the game for the most, so then we brought in Malik. He is an excellent youngster and we are looking to these youngsters to be the future of Barbican club,” he explained.

He also suggested that Douglas would form part of the new core for Barbican as they push for a return to top-flight football.

“He is part of the youth movement. We have some youngsters that we are looking to continue with the drive of Barbican, where we get back to the Premier League because the aim and objective really is to get back to the premiership. So with these youngsters and the mature players, I think we have a good balance where that is concerned.”

The mid-season final win is also a part of the process at the club as they put things in place in their rebuilding efforts.

“We want to win the Super League, so this win is a big boost for us. For the most part they were disciplined, despite a few lapses. With more focus and concentration we should be able to manage the Super League,” Lalor concluded.

— Dwayne Richards