Mount Pleasant substitute Fletcher left in tears after being sent back to bench - coach insists move was tactical

By Sports Desk March 31, 2019
Mount Pleasant's  Jourdaine Fletcher left in tears after substitution. Mount Pleasant's Jourdaine Fletcher left in tears after substitution.

Mount Pleasant substitute Jourdaine Fletcher was left in tears after himself being substituted 20 minutes after coming on in the team’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) win over UWI on Sunday.  The team’s assistant coach Nigel Stewart insists the move was tactical.

In the end, Mount Pleasant prevailed 1-0 on the back of a Francios Swaby 27th – minute penalty but Fletcher perhaps bemoaned his lack of telling contribution to the fixture.  The forward, once continued one of the nation’s brightest youth prospects, was brought on to the pitch as a replacement for Kemar Beckford in the 73rd minute.

The former Cornwall College standout, however, seemed to struggle to get up to the pace of the game.  His most significant contributions amounting to failing to reach a picture-perfect pass from a Ricardo Campbell freekick in the 78th minute and a wild slash over the bar in the 83rd minute, after being set up on the break by Cardel Benbow. 

By the 92nd minute, Stewart apparently had a change of heart and yanked the forward from the pitch in favour of defensive change Kevin Graham.  It was a move that left the 21-year-old player, disconsolate, and in tears on the bench.  Stewart, however, insisted the team was intent on defending a narrow lead late on.  

“We are professionals it was a tactical change,” Stewart said.

“We needed fresh legs in midfield.  He looked a little winded, I don’t know if it was the occasion but like I said, we are professionals.”

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