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Harbour View whip MBU to ease out of relegation zone

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Harbour View are out of the relegation zone of the Red Stripe Premier League for the first time in months and into 10th place after beating a flat, inept Montego Bay United 3-0 on Monday night at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Deshane Beckford, who transferred to Harbour View from Montego Bay United (MBU), scored twice and former Sandals South Coast player Timar Lewis scored the other to lead the East-Kingston club to their third win all year and joined the losers on 16 points.

At the completion of 17 rounds of games, Portmore United lead with 33 points, two ahead of Waterhouse in second place, followed by Cavalier on 28 with Arnett Gardens next on 27, followed by Mount Pleasant Football Academy also on 27, with UWI FC next on 23 points in sixth place.

Tivoli Gardens are next on 22, followed by Humble Lion in eighth place on 20, with Montego Bay and Harbour View next in ninth and 10th places, respectively. FC Reno are in 11th place on 15 points, with Dunbeholden FC bringing up the rear with 13 points.

The win was Harbour View's first since November 7 when they edged Cavalier FC and snapped a seven-game winless run when they picked up just five points from a possible 21 and were outscored 15-7.

MBU are still to win under new coach Dillon Thelwell, who replaced Vassell Reynolds, picking up a mere two points from four games and having given up six goals over that span.

Monday's game pitted two of the worst defensive teams in the league with Harbour View conceding 30 and MBU's 24 tied for second with last-placed Dunbeholden.

It was another inept and disappointing performance from MBU who showed little cohesion or coordination, especially in defence and were beaten by a Harbour View team that has arguably been the worst in the league all year.

Thelwell said his team “never showed up” for the game, “based on what we practised this week, the team was in good spirits, we had a plan coming into the game, but we just never executed”.

“We planned to play our usual style of football, use our system that we normally use, stay in the blocks and get out quickly on the flanks, but today we just did not show up.”

There were raised eyebrows at the decision to start young strikers Wade Daly and Odane Nish and he explained, midfielder Donovan Carey “just came back after a long injury break, so we have to manage his time to gradually get him back into the team. We had been searching for a goalscorer and tried a young striker but based on his lack of experience, he never showed up”.

It was a different story for Harbour View coach Fabian Taylor, who watched as his team was hammered 5-1 by Waterhouse in their previous game, his first in charge since Ricardo Gardner's surprise resignation.

“This is a long overdue win, excellent game by the boys today and I think they worked their socks off and that is what we ask for every day,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “The attitude and the will to win made the difference today.”

Harbour View made early inroads into the MBU defence and just missed taking the lead in the 13th minute but goalkeeper Aian Miller blocked a vicious shot at his near left post.

The goalkeeper who made his debut with back-to-back 'clean sheets' was left rooted to the spot in the 22nd minute when Lewis powered down the middle of the defence and shot into the low right hand corner inches from the post to give his team the lead.

Harbour View doubled the advantage less than a minute later when Beckford beat Miller at his near right post with a powerful shot.

Beckford put the game well out of reach of MBU in the 75th minute when he again exploited the leaden-footed defenders and gave Miller no chance with another powerful shot into the far right corner.

Teams: Montego Bay United FC — Aian Miller, Orlando McBayne, Jermaine Woozencroft, Anthony Drummond, Renaldo Wellington, Winston Wilkinson, Giovani Reid, Dwayne Ambusley, Nazime Matalie-Grant, Wade Daley (Donovan Carey 46th), Odane McNish (Jourdaine Fletcher 46th)

Subs not used: Zahvia Hutchinson, John Barrett, Trevaughn Walker, Omar Brown, Howard Dent

Booked: Drummond (85th)

Harbour View FC — Christian Kluvis, Nicholas Beckett, Ajeanie Talbott, Odane Samuels, Odorland Harding, Kemar Bennett, Peter-Lee Vassell, Bryon English (Jabari Howell 80th), Deshane Beckford (Dario Stewart 90th), Timar Lewis, Shemar Nairne (Shandee Brooks 88th)

Subs not used: William Price, Andre Lowe, Marlon Afflick, Julian Manning

Booked: None

Referee: Tyrone Robinson

Assistant Referees: Richard Washington, Lloyd Edwards

Fourth Official: Weston Costley

Match Commissary: Marlene Brown

— Paul Reid


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