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MBU continue pursuit of top six spot in Premier League Play UWI FC today at Wespow Park

Thursday, February 08, 2018

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TUCKER, St James — Fresh from their big win over Harbour View in their rescheduled game on Sunday,

Montego Bay United (MBU) will continue their pursuit of a spot in the top six in the Red Stripe Premier League when they host The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at Wespow Park this afternoon, starting at 3:00pm.

Sunday's 2-0-win saw MBU climbing three places in the points standings, moving from 10th to seventh place on 31 points and extending their unbeaten run to six games.

MBU are a point behind UWI FC, who are currently occupying sixth position. They snapped a three-game losing run with a 2-0 win over last-placed Boys' Town last week.

UWI FC got their first-ever win over MBU in the first round when they won 3-0, but MBU earned a 1-1 draw in their second-round meeting. and based on form and momentum, MBU should start favourites to grab all three points today.

Until this season, UWI have never scored a goal against MBU in their first six games, with the Montego Bay- based club having two 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw last season, and a 3-0 win and two 0-0 draws in the previous season — UWI FC's first in the RSPL.

Striker Dino Williams has been in devastating form of late, scoring five goals in his last four games, and the former national striker is not shy about his hunger for more goals.

“I have taken on the responsibility to lead this team from a few seasons ago and we are confident we can get to the play-offs,” he told the Jamaica Observer West on Sunday.

The arrival of coach Tim Hankinson in January to replace Roderick Underwood has coincided with MBU playing their most consistent football all season, and on Sunday they dominated against a Harbour View team that had shown a lot of improvement in the second round.

Hankinson is still not satisfied with what he is seeing, however, and has been urging better protection of the ball and less turnover, saying on Sunday they “gave away too much possession late in the first half, and it is constant, you are going to set yourself up to lose if your possession is that poor and this has been game after game”.

On Sunday, Ronaldo Rodney wasted at least three good scoring chances in the first half alone, while Donovan Carey, who was an overlapping left wing back, created some good opportunities for MBU. If they are to continue their good run, however, Williams will need more help in front of the goal.

Until their win over the hapless and toothless Boys' Town, UWI FC have been outscored 6-1 in their three previous games, all losses.

So far, UWI FC have conceded 30 goals — the most by any team not in the relegation zone.

In their last six games, MBU have given up three goals, including two in a 2-2 draw at home against Waterhouse FC, and Hankinson will hope his backline led by national representative Ladale Richie, and 20-year-old Ghanaian Nicholas Amponsah will improve and defend well.