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Ming backs Hornets to pull off upset

Dandy Town winger Damon Ming insists that his side are good enough to get a result against Defence Force in the CFU Club Championships on Saturday.

The two sides will renew their rivalry this weekend in Trinidad with the tie evenly poised at 1-1, leaving the hosts with a slight advantage of having the all important away goal.

Ming is calling on his team-mates to show the same grit and determination on the road that they showcased in the first leg at home.

“We have to go into the game with the same mindset as we did in the first game. Obviously we won't take anything for granted and they are a professional side compared to us being amateurs,” said Ming.

“We need to stick together, work as a unit and work hard for one another in order to get the required result.

“We are capable of getting a result. We showed our ability the other night and we were unlucky to not score (more), but we showed we are capable of getting into scoring positions. We just need to take advantage of the opportunities we get.”

Ming should prove to be an important player for the 2009/10 champions, having been in Trinidad two-and-a-half years ago as a part of the Bermuda national team.

In that meeting, a World Cup qualifier, the local outfit beat their much fancied opponents on the road before succumbing at home and being knocked out of the competition.

Ming is the only player in the Town side to have played in that game, and believes he has a role to play, both on and off the pitch.

“Me being in Trinidad when Bermuda beat them in the World Cup qualifying should work out in our favour, considering I know the conditions, know the environment, and hopefully I can help those who haven't been on tour or something like this feel comfortable,” said Ming.

“I can motivate them, let them know that anything is possible, and take in the fact that when I played for Bermuda we went there not expecting to win but to play as best as we could and the result will take care of itself.

“We got the result that time around and this time isn't any different. They have a team pros but if we can play with the same type of energy and hunger as in the first leg than we should get a good result.”

The pacey winger is under no illusions as to his side's chances of pulling off an upset, but is anxious to see how the match plays itself out. “On the road, especially, we will need to be efficient as they may have a totally different game plan,” he said. “They may want to play fast, scrappy and physical but we will just need to stick to what the coach wants us to do.

“We need an away goal, but as I said anything can happen and there is a strong possibility that we can get a result that would send us through.

“In terms of fixing things, we just need to continue to work for one another. We can improve our communication and being more positive then negative.

“We will need to keep up the work rate and perfect our strong points, but regardless of the result we will look to make a good impression of ourselves.”

It is understood that Hornets raised around $10,000 in gate receipts and other revenue from last week's home leg match against Defence Force at BAA Field. That's half of the target they require to cover the cost of the week's second leg in Trinidad. The club are still working closely with the Bermuda Football Association with both parties due to meet today.

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Published March 16, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 16, 2011 at 10:05 am)

Ming backs Hornets to pull off upset

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