MBU face Waterhouse on Sunday

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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TUCKER, St James - Two-time Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) can move closer to a spot in the top six on Sunday if they can beat Waterhouse FC in their second-round game at Wespow Park, set to start at 3:00 pm.

Three points and two spots separate the teams on the table, with Waterhouse FC holding down the sixth spot on 25 points and MBU in eighth place on 22.

A win for MBU would see them join Waterhouse FC in sixth place with the Kingston team's better goal difference. The home team would have to win by a three-goal margin at the very least, to rise above them on the tiebreaker.

The return of coach Tim Hankinson to the MBU bench could add a spark to the team that has struggled for most of the season, winning just five of their 20 games played.

Hankinson had a five-month spell at Wespow Park at the start of the 2015/16 season, taking the team to the top of the table at the end of the first round, and it is hoped he will have the same impact in his second stint.

MBU beat Waterhouse FC 1-0 in their first-round meeting at the Montego Bay Sports and an unimpressed Waterhouse FC coach Donovan Duckie, who was overseeing his first game after replacing Glendon Bailey, compared the MBU team to a schoolboy team.

Since that meeting, Waterhouse FC have had the better results, earning 18 points in their 11 games, while MBU have earned just 11 over the same span.

But MBU have lost just once their last five games — to a goal in an added time against Cavalier SC, playing with a team without a number of regular starters.

It is hoped national striker Owayne Gordon and Dino Williams will be able to rekindle the partnership that drove fear in the hearts of opposing defenders.

Hankinson has been able to get the best out of both Williams and Gordon in the past, and the MBU fans will be waiting to see if 'lightning can strike in the same place twice'.