MBU clip Reno in western derby, move into play-off zone

Montego Bay United 2 Rodney (37th), St Fleur (59th) FC Reno 1 Johnson (90+5)

Monday, February 19, 2018

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TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United (MBU) are back in the play-off grid in the Red Stripe Premier League after a 2-1 win over FC Reno in their crucial western derby at WesPow Park yesterday.

Goals from Ronaldo Rodney and Lesly St Fleur, who were both scoring in back-to-back games, carried the former champions to full points as they improved to 37 points and into fifth place, a jump of three spots.

It was a tough loss for FC Reno as it saw them slip out of the top-six to seventh place, and according to Coach Vassell Reynolds, they have to regroup quickly for the next game on Sunday at home to defending champions Arnett Gardens.

While conceding that Reno lost to “the better team today”, Reynolds said a number of his players were coming off a bout of the flu, and as such “we came into the game with 75 per cent energy”.

Two forced changes did not help as Romone Plummer was forced off at the start of the second half with an accelerated heartbeat, while influential defender Lynval Wilson was injured on the play that created the second goal and had to leave the field.

MBU Coach Tim Hankinson has seen his team score six goals in their last two games and said the win was “great for the players”.

The American, who had a running argument with the officials over what he saw as time wasting by FC Reno from the start of the game, said the Westmoreland club made things tough for them at first.

“The game started off very tight with them in their 3-5-2 formation. And the three players in the centre of the formation were very aggressive, closing us down, and gave us virtually no room,” he noted.

But Hankinson made adjustments at half-time to counter the threat.

For MBU's opening goal, Rodney got on the end of a long pass from Dwayne Ambusley in the 37th minute and stooped his big frame to flick the ball with his head past goalkeeper Dennis Taylor into the far left-hand corner of the goal.

St Fleur's speed caused problem in the FC Reno defence in the 59th minute as he latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the 18-yard box, and powered his way into the area before powering the ball past Taylor.

FC Reno managed to pull a goal back deep into time added, thanks to a comical play that led to a corner. MBU's national representative Ladale Richie slipped while trying to control the ball and it rolled into touch for a corner that saw Omar Johnson powering home a header from close range.


Montego Bay United — Zahvia Hutchinson, Donovan Carey, Ladale Richie, Nicholas Stewart, Orlando McBayne (Winston Wilkinson-84th), Keniel Kirlew (Jefroy Leslie-86th), Dwayne Ambusley, Ronaldo Rodney, Lesly St Fleur, Jermaine Woozencroft (Johann Weatherly-65th), Dino Williams.

Subs not used: Aian Miller, Leonardo Fogarthy, Anthony Drummond, Ricardo Wilson

Booked: McBayne (30th), Rodney (74th), Hutchinson (90th)

FC Reno — Dennis Taylor, Omar Johnson, Tashaine Campbell, Michael McLeod, Jashane Foster, Bobby Brown (Kemoy Carruthers-81st), Afiba Chambers, Lynval Wilson (Daniel Reid-65th), Romone Plummer (Donovan Brown-48th), Fancy-Hue Stewart, Shamar Bernard.

Subs not used: Delon Brown, Javed Richardson, Kavar Walker, Ronaldo Webster,

Booked: None

Referee: Andre Farquharson

Assistants: Nichaolas Anderson, Jeron Porteous

Fourth Official: Okeito Nicholson

Match Commissary: Gregory Daley

— Paul Reid




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