MBU ambush Mount Pleasant with McBayne penalty

Montego Bay United 1 McBayne (2nd PK) Mount Peasant FA 0

By Paul A Reid
Observer writer

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United snapped a seven-game winless run with a hard-fought, gutsy 1-0 win over a struggling Mount Pleasant Football Academy in their second-round Red Stripe Premier League game at Wespow Park in Tucker, St James, on Sunday, much to the relief of the team and the faithful fans who still showed up.

Despite being outnumbered almost three to one in their own home game, it was the Montego Bay United (MBU) fans who had the last laugh as they won for the first time since November 29 last year, then beating a struggling UWI FC at home.

A second-minute penalty conversion from wing back Orlando McBayne, his fourth of the season, all from the spot, was the difference on Sunday and gave his team a big three points.

That win in November was the last game for coach Vassell Reynolds, who was released after the game and replaced by Dillon Thelwell, who has not been seen at games since a 0-3 loss to Waterhouse FC days after they were also beaten 3-0 by Harbour View.

Despite the victory, MBU are still at the foot of the points table, on goal difference behind Dunbeholden FC both on 19 points. But the Montego Bay club has the worst goal difference of -15 in the competition, after losing five of the last seven games and being outscored 4-13.

Mount Pleasant stayed in fifth place on 30 points despite having lost three of their last four games.

Veteran midfielder Dwayne Ambusley praised his team for a defensive masterclass which, while not being aesthetically pleasing, was effective to keep out a Mount Pleasant team that dominated possession as they tried in vain to prevent a third loss in their last four games.

“Before the start of the game we asked the attackers to do us a favour,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “Just give us a lead and very early we got it, and we decided we were going to hold it by the hook or by the crook.”

Ambusley said they had more chances to score but, “On the balance of play they had more of the possession, we cannot deny that, but we had the more clear chances to score — but that is the nature of football. The fact that we can created the chances is a plus, and also to keep a clean sheet at the other end is also another plus for us.”

Nigel Stewart filled in for the suspended Donovan Duckie and said they did not have any luck on their side, despite dominating the game.

“It was a difficult game. We had all the possession but the element of luck was not on our side today. Faulty shooting was a factor as well; we got some very good chances that we should have put away and we didn't.”

Winning once in four games is not satisfactory, he admited. “We have ups and downs and now we are having a down time. We are trying to build on what we have and try to rebound. I thought we played well today but as I said, the element of luck was not on our side today.”

MBU got off to a flying start, going ahead before most of the fans had even entered the faculty then mustering a gallant rear-guard action, attacking on the counter as the game that was played at a frenetic pace swung from end to end.

Deshane Beckford was hacked down just inside the Mount Pleasant FA penalty box by defender Liston James and McBayne stepped up to bury the kick high past goalkeeper Kadeem Davis' left shoulder.

Teams: Montego Bay United — Jacomeno Barrett, Oniel Rose, John Barrett, Orlando McBayne (Trevaughn Walker 60th), Renaldo Wellington, Keniel Kirlew, Dwayne Ambusley, Nevaun Turner, Owayne Gordon, Deshane Beckford (Jermaine Woozencroft 87th), Dino Williams (Johann Weatherly 83rd)

Subs not used: Aian Miller, Jourdaine Fletcher, Wade Daley, Nazime Matalie-Grant

Booked: John Barrett (4th), McBayne (29th), Turner (45th+1), Jacomeno Barrett (85th)

Mount Pleasant FA — Kadeem Davis, Suelae McCalla, Liston James, Ricardo Campbell, Alphonso Brown, Evon Taylor (Ladale Richie 58th), Ronaldo Rodney, Kevaughn Isaacs (Romario Campbell 64th), Cardel Benbow, Devon Hodges (Severo Murphy 72nd), Kemar Beckford

Subs not used: Bobiander Evans, Kevin Graham, Shaquille Notice, Latroy Laing

Booked: Brown (45th)

Referee: Andre Farquharson

Assistant referees: Richard Washington, Garvin Carvalho

Fourth official: Daneon Parchment

Match commissary: Gregory Daley

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