Desperate MBU, FC Reno seek to avoid RSPL demotion

Observer West writer

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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TUCKER, St James — Western-based clubs Montego Bay United (MBU) and FC Reno will be seeking to rev up their race against demotion from the Red Stripe Premier League as they play at home to Dunbeholden FC and Tivoli Gardens respectively.

Both MBU and FC Reno are struggling to maintain their places in the league next year. MBU are dead last in the standings, sitting on 19 points from their 23 games, with FC Reno three points and two places better.

The western-based clubs are also dead last in goal scoring — FC Reno with 15, and MBU just one goal better, just behind fifth-placed Mt Pleasant FA, who have 18 goals, but with the best defensive record, conceding just 14 goals.

MBU are desperate for a victory, losing six of their last seven games, including away to Dunbeholden FC, who are just a point ahead of them.

Despite the presence of national player Owayne Gordon and the return of former national players Dino Williams from injury lay-off, and Deshane Beckford, who ended a loan spell at Harbour View, MBU continue to struggle to score goals.

They also lost the services of Allan Ottey who appeared to have found his scoring touch before bolting to Super League outfit Falmouth United.

With the exception of an upset loss at home to Dunbeholden FC when they had just two substitutes on the bench, FC Reno have been slowly inching their way out of trouble and should start favourites at home against a Tivoli Gardens team that have not been winning consistently of late.

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