Miller time

Hat-trick hero Miller condemns MBU to third-straight defeat

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC once found it difficult to score against former Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Montego Bay United (MBU), but the charm of new boy Ryan Miller swept aside that goal drought.

Miller, the former Cavalier SC star, scored in the ninth, 10th and 72nd minutes in his team's 3-0 win, which condemned the St James-situated club to a third-consecutive defeat in heavy underfoot conditions at Mona Bowl yesterday.

The third-successive victory pushed the Marcel Gayle-coached university team to 10 points, but they remain in second position with an inferior goal difference to last year's beaten finalists Portmore United. Portmore were comfortable 5-0 winners over Waterhouse FC at Drewsland Stadium.

MBU have slipped to the foot of the 12-team standing with a point and a minus seven goal difference.

Andrew Peart, assistant coach of The UWI, praised his team's stellar display in accomplishing a long-sought-after feat.

“Ryan Miller scored three and the team assisted him in that regard, but one thing we are very grateful for is the clean sheet at the end. We gave up goals in our previous games this season, but we managed to keep solid as a team to prevent them from creating any meaningful chances,” Peart told journalists in a post-match interview.

MBU's Head Coach Rod Underwood said conceding two early goals proved their undoing.

“We started a little bit slow but the two goals we gave away in the first 10 minutes didn't help us at all. It really was a situation where if we didn't give up those goals we could have played ourselves in the game, because once we got our feet under us we were in the game and created a few chances,” he noted.

After slumping to one of their worst possible starts in the nation's top-flight league, MBU would have entered the game optimistic of turning the tables, given their record against The UWI.

And something did turn, but it was not to the visitors' liking.

Miller notched what could be described as The UWI's historic goal against MBU when he converted a well-taken free kick.

Before MBU could catch their breaths, Miller was right back in their faces, finishing off a good build-up a minute later.

He could have completed the hat-trick soon after, but he steered another set play from the edge of the 18-yard box just over the crossbar.

MBU found a window of opportunity at the half-hour mark when the heavens opened with a downpour of rain, but Donovan Carey's header from Lesly St Fleur's well-weighted cross came back of the crossbar. The follow-up shot by John Barrett was sent high and wide.

The menacing St Fleur was at it again in the 40th minute with a brilliant individual effort but The UWI's custodian, Amal Knight, proved equal to his firm right-footed strike.

After the half-time break, MBU pressed forward, but The UWI did well to weather the storm.

And Miller found himself in the right spot at the far post to poke home for his hat-trick after a flurry of shots by his teammates were blocked.

Teams:

The UWI — Amal Knight, Rochane Smith (Jamie Robinson 85th), Taniel McKenzie, Deno Schaffe, Ryan Miller, Oshane Jenkins, Jerondy Henry, Dravian Williams, Andrae Bernal (Patrick Brown 67th), Girvon Brown (Stephen Barnett 79th), Fabion McCarthy

Subs not used: Jabari Wallace, Kemoy Atkinson, Akeem Thenstead, Deighton Stuart

Booked: None

Montego Bay United Jacomeno Barrett, Dwayne Ambusley, John Barrett, Ladale Richie, Nicholas Stewart, Donovan Carey(Heitolah Gardner 88th), Anthony Drummond, Dave Artwell, Lesly St Fleur, Jefroy Leslie(Odane Nish 67th), Anthony Marks

Subs not used: David Swaby, Orlando McBayne, Jermaine Woozencroft, Val Armstrong, Ranaldo Thompson

Booked: Stewart (78th), Barrett (90th)

Referee: Cardella Samuels

Assistant referees: Princess Brown; Jassett Kerr

Fourth official: Neressa Goldson

Match Commissary: Andrew Payne

Yesterday's results

THE UWI 3, Montego Bay 0

Humble Lion 1, Arnett Gardens 1

Sandals South Coast 1, Cavalier 1

Boys' Town 0, Reno 0

Waterhouse 0, Portmore United 5

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