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MBU edge Dunbeholden 1-0 for first win of new RSPL season

By Sanjay Myers
Senior staff reporter

Monday, September 24, 2018

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Promoted Dunbeholden FC are still searching for their first point in the Red Stripe Premier League after going down 0-1 to Montego Bay United at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.

Captain Orlando McBayne scored the all-important goal from the penalty spot in the 49th minute.

It is Montego Bay's first win of the season after losing 0-2 to Tivoli Gardens FC on the opening match day a week ago.

For Dunbeholden, who played well enough to at least grab a point, it was a case of déjà vu after previously falling 0-1 to Waterhouse. That goal was also from the penalty spot.

Vassel Reynolds, the Montego Bay head coach, was relieved to escape with the win.

“I would classify this as one of those gutsy performances. We had to defend a lot, and we knew that once we got the goal the Dunbeholden team would have come at us. We were a little too tentative (in the) first half, but the plan was to get something from this game and we got three points, so we're happy,” he told the Jamaica Observer during a post-game interview.

Dunbeholden Head Coach Michael Cohen rued his team's wastefulness in front of goal.

“We need to score some goals; goals win games, and we are not scoring. There are positives, but we just need to work on our finishing and on (executing) team tactics,” Cohen told the Observer.

Dunbeholden held the ascendancy for most of the first period as Montego Bay struggled to contain their movement and skill.

Dunbeholden midfielders Nickoy Christian, Kemo Gayle and Dwayne Smith kept stringing passes together to break down the Montego Bay defence, but faulty shooting let down the hosts.

Despite being dominated during the first-half exchanges, Montego Bay remained dangerous in spurts, but time and again they made bad choices in the attacking third and lost possession.

At the other end, Dunbeholden had an outstanding chance to take a first-half lead when Deanandre Thomas rose highest to meet Christian's free kick, but the header flashed just wide with Montego Bay goalkeeper Zavhia Hutchinson beaten.

As fate would have it, only four minutes into the second stanza Montego Bay went ahead.

Former schoolboy football standout Jourdain Fletcher, sent clear by Nevaun Turner's through ball, was judged to have been fouled by Dunbeholden goalkeeper Eric Edwards inside the 18-yard box. Dunbeholden protested the call because Edwards had claimed possession of the ball, but the decision stood and McBayne calmly converted the kick.

Moments later, Dunbeholden thought they had the equaliser when half-time substitute Cornelius Henry headed in, but it was ruled offside.

Though Montego Bay generally defended better late in the game, Henry got another chance to level the scores, but his one-time shot slid wide of goal.

Teams: Dunbeholden — Eric Edwards, Andre Dyce, Shaquille Dyer, Nathaniel Leslie, Richard Orrette (Cornelius Henry 46th), Nickoy Christian, Kemo Gayle (Samar Rowe 66th), Dwayne Smith (Orlando Ricketts 66th), Lorenzo Dubidad, Deandre Thomas, Adrian Williams

Subs not used: Gary Miller, Rushane Spence, Rickcardo Harriott, Racheem Small

Booked: Edwards (48th)

Montego Bay — Zavhia Hutchinson, Orlando McBayne (Winston Wilkinson 65th), Jermaine Woozencroft, Nicholas Amponsah, Anthony Drummond, Shemar Robinson, Nevaun Turner, Giovanni Reid, Nazime Matalie-Grant (Vahsean McBean 70th), Allan Ottey, Jourdain Fletcher (Howard Dent 88th)

Subs not used: Aian Miller, Renaldo Wellington, Ricardo Wilson, Omar Brown

Booked: Matalie-Grant (50th), Woozencroft (52nd), Turner (69th)

Referee: Cardella Samuels

Assistant referees: Richard Washington, Kemar Bailey

Fourth official: Steffon Dewar

Match commissary: Ainsley Sharpe


Yesterday's results

Cavalier 2, Arnett Gardens 1

Dunbeholden 0, Montego Bay 1

Humble Lion 0, University of the West Indies 1

Mount Pleasant 1, Waterhouse 0

Tivoli Gardens 2, Reno 1


Today's game

8:35 pm — Harbour View vs Portmore @ Harbour View Stadium

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