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Dino on the double

Montego Bay United 2 Williams (12, 76th) Harbour View 0

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United (MBU) jumped three spots in the points' table — from 10th to seventh — just one spot out of the play-off places after beating Harbour View 2-0 in their rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League third-round game played at Wespow Park on Sunday.

Striker Dino Williams, who is showing a return to form, scored both goals for the former champions, thus bagging his fifth goal in his last four games and six overall for the season, as MBU improved to 31 points and extended their unbeaten run to six games.

MBU have had the better of the east Kingston club in the recent season and have lost to them only twice in their last 12 regular season meetings, winning five times including twice this season at home.

Williams gave the home team the lead in the 12th minute when he side-footed home from close range and then took full advantage of a mistake in the Harbour View defence to hammer home the second in the 76th minute.

Harbour View were completing a tough week as after beating Cavalier SC on Monday, lost back-to-back away games in western Jamaica after going down 0-1 to Sandals South Coast on Thursday and slipped out of the top six to eighth place in the standings on 30 points.

Timothy Hankinson, the MBU coach, was relieved with the three points. “It is a good win for us, we were fortunate on the second goal, they made a mistake and that put us in a good spot as far as possession and trying to control the tempo of the game; at 1-0 things are still nervous,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Hankinson said his team “gave away” possession too often late in the first half and that “you are going to set yourself up to lose if your possession is that poor, and this has been game after game and the two goals lead allowed us to pass the ball around and hopefully they will realise we can play that way from start to finish”.

Ricardo Gardner, the Harbour View head coach, was not a happy man at the end of the game. “Two disappointing results on the road, our preparations were not the best as we were travelling, but we tried our best and we saw where the travelling took a toll on the players. We started slow and did not take control of the game and left it too late and gave up two easy goals.”

Gardner is not worried, however, and said they just had to keep working hard. “Still a lot of points to play for and we will continue to work hard and try to fix the problems, concentrate and focus on the games that we have left to play.”

MBU could have been up 3-0 midway the first half but Ronaldo Rodney missed at least three chances inside the Harbour View 18-yard box as the home team took the game to the road-weary Harbour View team.

Williams, who told the Observer he was playing with an old groin injury, was clinical from about seven yards out as he side-footed a corner from Lesly St Fleur low into the corner of the goal.

Harbour View had their first chance in the 20th minute but Ryan Wellington headed over the cross bar from inside the six-yard box after the MBU goalkeeper Zavhia Hutchinson had dropped a high ball.

Zavhia Hutchinson pulled off a fine double save in the 22nd minute when he blocked a shot from Peter-Lee Vassell then went to his left to parry the rebound from Kemar Bennett.

The MBU goalkeeper was called on again in the 33rd minute, diving to his left to block a long-range drive from Dushane Beckford.

Rafiek Thomas, who had replaced Cleon Pryce for Harbour View at the start of the second half, had a chance to draw his team level in the 53rd minute when he was sent through by Bennett with a pin-point pass but rolled the ball to Hutchinson from about 10 yards out.

Christian Kluvis kept his team in the game in the 71st minute when his double save denied MBU as Williams and St Fleur both had clear shots at goal.

A mistake from the usually reliable Nicholas Beckett led to the second goal, as his pass intended for a teammate instead dropped to Williams, who had time to pick his shot and powered the ball into the top right corner of the goal to kill off the game.

Teams: Montego Bay United — Zavhia Hutchinson, Orlando McBayne (Winston Wilkinson 74th) Nicholas Amponsah, Nicholas Stewart, Keniel Kirlew, Ladale Richie, Lesly St Fleur, Ronaldo Rodney (Dwayne Ambusly 46th), Dino Williams, Jermaine Woozencroft (Leonardo Fogarthy 60th), Donovan Carey

Subs not used: Aian Miller, Jefroy Leslie, Johann Weatherly, Ricardo Wilson

Booked: None

Harbour View — Christian Kluvis, Nicholas Beckett, Christopher Harvey, Ryan Wellington, Kareem Manning, Fabian Grant, Evan Taylor, Peter-Lee Vassell (Andrew Allen 59th), Kemar Bennett, Cleon Pryce (Rafiek Thomas 46th), Dushane Beckford (Marcelino Blackburn 68th)

Subs not used: Tajay Griffiths, Ajeanie Talbott, Richard Anderson, Javain Brown

Booked: Harvey (79th)

Referee: Kevin Morrison

Assistant referees: Stephenie Yee-Singh, Jassett Kerr

Fourth official: Daneon Parchment

Match commissary: Gavin McNeil

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