TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Sporting Central Academy suffered their first home defeat of the Red
Stripe Premiership season as Montego Bay United triumphed 1-0 at
Nigel Stewart's side missed two glorious chances to take the lead with the game just about four minutes old, but in a dramatic turn of events would soon find themselves trailing.
Former Sporting favourite Lesly St Fleur supplied the winning goal after racing past two defenders to slot home on 18 minutes.
Despite creating chances at will for the remainder of the evening, Sporting failed to make a breakthrough as the visitors nervously saw out the game.
With just two games left in the round, the defeat, their second on the bounce, could seriously damage the Clarendon side's chances of making the end-of-first-round final. They remain on 16 points, but are likely to slide down the table depending on results elsewhere.
"We just didn't put our chances away," a disappointed Stewart said in his
post-game interview. "Today was just our bad day."
MoBay, who have now earned seven points from a possible nine since changing coaches, improved their points total to 10, and coach Dean Weatherly praised his players for executing a perfect game plan.
"The plan was definitely to soak up the pressure because Sporting is a team that applies a lot of pressure and playing at home we knew they were going to come at us. That's why the game looked so ugly on our path," he added.