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MBU take aim at UWI

trying to snap four -game winless Premier League run

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, November 08, 2018

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TUCKER, St James - Fresh from their much -improved performance against Arnett Gardens in Kingston on Monday, Montego Bay United (MBU) have set their sights on snapping a four-game winless run over UWI FC, whom they are hosting in a first-round Red Stripe Premier League game at Wespow Park today, starting at 3:00 pm.

The point earned on Monday saw the former two-time champions move three places up to seventh, MBU are tied on 10 points with fellow western-based club FC Reno, who are eighth on goals scored, after beating promoted Dunbeholden FC 2-1 at home on Sunday.

MBU are just a point behind fifth-placed UWI FC, the latter having played one game less after their match on Sunday against Waterhouse FC was postponed.

Despite playing better than the dull 0-0 draw against FC Reno, last week suggested MBU's coaching staff is concerned with the team's poor form in front of goal with a mere six goals scored all year, with just two coming from an offensive player.

That performance is the worst-ever start by an MBU team in the eight years they have participated in the Red Stripe Premier League.

At this stage last season, they scored seven times, the same as they did in their debut season in 2011-12, and had eight goals after eight games in 2012-2013.

They are, however, marginally ahead of last year's pace in the points standings, with 10 points, compared to eight last season after eight games.

Coach Vassell Reynolds should be disappointed, however, as they are yet to win a game in Montego Bay.

Before the start of this year's competition Reynolds told the Jamaica Observer West that he was hoping to make Wespow Park a difficult place for visiting teams to play, but so far, MBU have earned just three points from their four games, scoring just twice.

The prolonged absence of top striker Dino Williams is obviously contributing to the lack of goals from MBU, as he was just returning from an offseason groin surgery at the start of the competition before suffering a hip injury away from the field, and has been out for the last month.

Jourdaine Fletcher has yet to get back to his free scoring ways of 2016 when he was one of the top schoolboy strikers.

Also, former national player Allan Ottey is yet to open his account after returning to the club following stints with Faulkland FC in the Western Confederation Super League and Waterhouse FC in the RSPL last year.

The positive for MBU, however, is that after giving up 10 goals in their first six games, five in one game against Cavalier FC in Kingston, they have held their last two opponents FC Reno and Arnett Gardens goalless, thanks to some brilliance and courage from young goalkeeper Aian Miller.

Reynolds is hoping that after being forced to substitute Fletcher on Monday, the striker will be fit to lead the team today, along with Jermaine Woozencroft, Ottey and Odane Nish.

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