Boys' Town, Montego Bay United end goalless

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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A draw was hardly beneficial to both teams as Montego Bay United and nominal hosts Boys' Town FC ended 0-0 in the Red Stripe Premier League match at Barbican football field yesterday.

The point keeps last-placed Boys' Town mired in relegation danger on 13 points, while Montego Bay stay 10th — just beyond relegation threat — with 23 points.

Both will need to improve their play if they are to reach their respective goals this season. Montego Bay United have a chance of making the play-offs, while Boys' Town will still be entertaining hopes of staying in the nation's top-tier football competition.

Yesterday, on a field that, though covered with grass, was hard and produced uneven bounce, the two sides struggled for rhythm.

There was hardly anything to cheer about in a dull first half.

The game came alive in the second half with national midfielder Jamiel Hardware and former Reggae Boy Jermaine Anderson threatening for Boys' Town. On one occasion Hardware dribbled by two opposing defenders and forced Montego Bay United goalkeeper Zavhia Hutchinson into a fine low save.

At the other end, the visitors, albeit not at their best, produced decent attacking play, primarily through Owayne Gordon, Dino Williams and Donavan Carey.

Gordon went closest when his free kick from an acute angle clipped the crossbar and bounced away harmlessly.

Williams went just wide with a left-footer in the dying moments of the game as goalkeeper Rushane Campbell scrambled to cover his far post.

In the end, a draw appeared fair to both sides even as afternoon squall coincided with the referee's final whistle.

Meanwhile, leaders Portmore United rebounded from Sunday's shock loss to Harbour View with a 2-0 win over Humble Lion at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. Ricardo Morris (eighth) and Javon East (44th) led the charge for the victors.

Teams: Boys' Town — Rushane Campbell, Shawn McKoy, Daemion Benjamin, Ricardo Dennis, Andrew Peddlar (Wayne Ellis 34th), Kenardo Smith, Xavian Virgo, Michael Campbell (Andre Dawson 70th), Jamiel Hardware, Jermaine Anderson (Javaughn Mitchell 83rd), Anthony Dawes

Subs not used: Shavon Wilson, Shaquille Bradford, Bebeto McDonald, Javanne Campbell

Booked: Peddlar (27th), Benjamin (39th)

Montego Bay United — Zavhia Hutchinson, Dwayne Ambusley, Ladale Richie, Nicholas Amponsah, Orlando McBayne, Keniel Kirlew, Lesly St Fleur, Donavan Carey (Johann Weatherly 77th), Ricardo Wilson (Ronaldo Rodney 46th), Owayne Gordon, Dino Williams

Subs not used: Aian Miller, Winston Wilkinson, Leonardo Fogarty, Nicholas Stewart, Jefroy Leslie.

Booked: None

Referee: Okeito Nicholson

Assistant referees: Jermaine Yee Sing, Damian Williams

Fourth official: Neressa Goldson

Match commissary: Ainsley Sharpe

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