Sad farewell


Sad farewell

Montego Bay United bow out of RSPL on losing note

Observer staff reporter

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Montego Bay United's prominent run in top-flight football came to a bitter end yesterday, as they were sent packing from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with a 1-2 defeat to Waterhouse at the latter's mini-stadium in Drewsland.

The former champions fought hard to salvage some pride when Nevaun Turner's 27th-minute strike sent them in front.

But there was no changing the inevitable, that after eight years afloat, Montego Bay United, and by extension western Jamaica, will be watching the nation's top league from the sidelines next season.

And if things weren't bad enough, Kenroy Howell (32nd) and Tremaine Stewart (67th) ensured that they signed off on a losing note.

With 30 points from their 33 games, Montego Bay United ended in 11th position just above the other western Jamaica-situated team Reno (23 points), who were relegated a week prior.

Vice-captain Dwayne Ambusley, who has been a veteran member of Montego Bay United, a club that accounted for two titles from three finals during their tenure, felt a series of things contributed to their downfall.

“It's more than disappointing... words cannot express how we feel right now, but it's football, so what can we do? I think the overall season started off badly for us in terms of trying to acquire players and players coming back late, but like I said, it's football, so we have to just come again.

“We lacked quality players and a few players were young, just getting their feet wet in the league and I don't think the senior players pulled their weight that much, so we paid the (price),” Ambusley told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.

“It is a rebuilding process, but in football you have to have good management, so management have to pull up their socks and get it together. Players can talk all they want and the fans can talk all they want, but in the end it comes down to management putting proper infrastructure in place for people to want to play for your club and to move in.

“So it is sad and I'm sure the entire west is disappointed, but what can we do, I feel for the fans and the other players but we just have to look forward because it is not the end of life,” he added.

Meanwhile, Waterhouse assistant coach Daniel Bent also expressed sympathy in seeing one of the league's top clubs going down.

“It's football and I know when Montego Bay United just came into the Premier League they were a good team, good structure and all, but I think a lot of things have changed overtime with management and a lot of players plying their trade overseas and so forth.

“So there was not a lot of foundation because it obviously fell apart, so basically having no team from the western end of the island in the league is sad,” Bent reasoned.

Waterhouse, for their part, ended the preliminary round on 62 points, four adrift of Portmore United who ended on 66, following a 2-0 win over 10th-placed Dunbeholden (33 points).

After falling behind three minutes to the half-hour mark when Johann Weatherly breached their defence for Turner to fire home, Waterhouse then came to life and took over proceeding from the Montego Bay United team that showed some grit and fortitude throughout.

When Howell shook a defender and beautifully placed a right-footed effort into the far corner from an angle in the 32nd minute, it signalled the start of what was to come on the resumption as they went to the break 1-1.

The hosts enjoyed a good passage of play and applied consistent pressure to a seemingly tiring Montego Bay United backline and would soon capitalise on the momentum when Howell laid off a back pass for Stewart to fire home from the top of the 18-yard area.

Waterhouse could have won by a wider margin had they been more clinical in the final third, as Montego Bay United tried but had no real response to their attacking force.


Waterhouse FC – Akeem Chambers, Mark Miller, Rafeik Thomas(Andre Fletcher 64th), Shawn Lawes, Denardo Thomas, Kenroy Howell(Girvon Brown 70th), Tremaine Stewart, Ricardo Thomas, Damion Binns, Carlos Wright, Keammar Daley (Okello Valentine 87th).

Subs not used: Diego Haughton, Oshane Roberts, Kymani Campbell, Shaun Dewar

Booked: Ricardo Thomas (77th), Wright (85th)

Montego Bay United – Richard Addo, Renaldo Wellington, Giovanni Reid(Trevaughn Walker 59th), John Barrett(Nazime Matalie-Grant 65th), Sheldon McKoy, Jermaine Woozencroft, Dwayne Ambusley, Nevaun Turner(Omar Brown 75th), Dino Williams, Donovan Carey, Johann Weatherly.

Subs not used: Ain Miller, Orlando McBayne, Oneil Rose, Francis Oduro

Booked: Reid (38th), McKoy (55th), Barrett (63rd), Walker (81st)

Referee: Steffon Dewar

Assistant Referees: Lloyd Edwards, Ricardo McKenzie

Fourth Official: Weston Costley

Match Commissary: Fitzroy Reid

Yesterday's results

UWI FC 0, Mount Pleasant FA 1

Reno vs Humble Lion (DNP)

Portmore United 2, Dunbeholden 0

Cavalier FC 3, Tivoli Gardens 0

Waterhouse FC 2, Montego Bay United 1

Arnett Gardens 2, Harbour View 1

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