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Dunbeholden edge MBU in scrappy RSPL affair

Dunbeholden FC 2 Dubidad (30th), Thomas (39th) Montego Bay United 1 McBayne (90th pk)

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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After a series of good performances without a victory, promoted outfit Dunbeholden FC finally got it right as they came away 2-1 winners over Montego Bay United in a scrappy Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) contest at Royal Lakes Complex yesterday.

First-half goals from Lorenzo Dubidad (30th) and DeanAndre Thomas (39th) were enough to hand the St Catherine-based side a welcome three points to keep hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

Montego Bay United Captain Orlando McBayne pulled one back for his team from the penalty spot in the 90th.

The win, which was Dunbeholden's third of the season, saw them up to 12 points, but they remain at the foot of the 12-team standings, four points behind Montego Bay United in ninth on 16 points.

After getting off to a positive start and looking confident in possession, Montego Bay United found themselves chasing the game at the half-hour mark when Dubidad sent Dunbeholden in front against the run of play.

The host wasted little time in building on the ascendancy as they quickly doubled the lead nine minutes later courtesy of Thomas.

It remained that way for most of the resumption despite Montego Bay United dominating possession like they did at the start, but failing to make it count.

Even though they applied consistent pressure, they failed to create many chances, with their best effort coming from a 67th-minute set play. Jourdain Fletcher's well-struck left-footed free kick from approximately 25 yards out was tipped over by custodian Giovanni Smith who stood equal to the task.

Montego Bay United were eventually rewarded for camping out in the opponents' half when McBayne, with his back to the goal, was bundled over inside the penalty area. The skipper got up and calmly slotted home the second time after the first kick was called back by referee Steffon Dewar.

However, it was too little too late as Dunbeholden, though slightly losing their shape at the end, managed to hold on.

Assistant coach of Dunbeholden FC Andrew Fraser welcomed the three points as just reward for his team as they begin their resurgence to avoid the drop zone.

“I am elated because we have been training really hard and putting out the work, so we finally got what we deserve, which is the three points. This is somewhat the start of something good for us and we just hope to build on this win going forward. There is a lot of room for improvement and we are just going to continue working and hopefully continue to get the positive results,” he told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.

Montego Bay United's Dillon Thelwell rued his team's lack of discipline and focus throughout the game.

“I thought we started well because in the first 25 minutes it was only MoBay playing and then we took things for granted and allowed Dunbeholden back into the game after exposing the 'keeper. So I think indiscipline cost us the game today (yesterday),” he noted.

Teams: Dunbeholden FC — Giovanni Smith, Adrian Williams, Andre Dyce, Shaquille Dyer, Damarley Oliver, Shevon James, Graeme Green (Kevin Reid 63rd), Kemo Gayle, Nickoy Christian, DeanAndre Thomas (Clayon Pusey 81st), Lorenzo Dubidad (Orlando Ricketts (87th)

Subs not used: Eric Edwards, Samar Rowe, Kemar Shaw, Gavin Roberts

Booked: Dyer (82nd)

Montego Bay United — Aian Miller, Orlando McBayne, Jermaine Woozencroft (Donovan Carey 70th), Anthony Drummond, Renaldo Wellington (Vahsean McBean 83rd), Winston Wilkinson, Giovanni Reid, Nazime Matalie-Grant, Dwayne Ambusley, Nevaun Turner (Wade Daley 53rd), Jourdain Fletcher

Subs not used: Zahvia Hutchinson, Howard Dente, Ricardo Wilson, Trevaughn Walker

Booked: Matalie-Grant (65th), Reid (71st)

Referee: Steffon Dewar

Assistant referees: Nicholas Anderson, Gavin Carvalho

Fourth official: Kasa Plummer

Match Commissary: Elaine Walker-Brown

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