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MBU seek three straight in RSPL under new instructor

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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TUCKER, St James — A new man will be at the helm at former champions Montego Bay United on Sunday when the club seek to extend their unbeaten run to three games in a match against Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe PremierLeague (RSPL) second-round game at Wes p ow Park in St James.

Dillon Thelwell was on the sideline on Sunday, when MBU played FC Reno at Frome, two days after Vassell Reynolds was relieved of his duties as head coach.

Thelwell spent two seasons at MBU, mainly as assistant to a number of coaches before he was replaced when Reynolds took over the team in July.

Under Reynolds, the team struggled to just three wins, drawing five and losing five, while conceding 19 goals.

Ironically, Reynolds was fired after MBU's first home win, a 2-0 win over the struggling UWI FC last week Wednesday.

MBU are in ninth position on 15 points, well behind sixth place Tivoli Gardens who have shown inconsistent form over their last five games and have plunged from their top-two position, all the way to sixth, a point above Humble Lion.

Tivoli Gardens had beaten MBU in their opening game, also at Wespow Park, their first win over the western-based outfit in in more than a year. MBU won two of three games between the teams last year, drawing the other.

It is expected that striker Dino Williams could be back for MBU after being side-lined with a hip injury suffered off the field, just as he was returning from a groin surgery.

In his absence the offence struggled, scoring just 11 goals in 14 games.

In MBU's previous home appearance, they got goals from first time RSPL scorers Nazime Matallie-Grant and Wade Daley, but Thelwell will be hoping to get the offence on track as soon as possible.

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