Powell’s MBU snag western Ja’s first national club title in 17 years
Three years after he controversially changed the name of one of the icons of Jamaica's club football from Seba United to Montego Bay United, Orville Powell, delivered on his promise to bring back championship football to Montego Bay.
It was a tired sounding Powell who told the Jamaica Observer West Tuesday, that he was "happy" for the success of the team, noting the exact day he said he knew the team would win the competition.
"That day we beat Harbour View 3-0 in Montego Bay (February 20), that was when I knew we had it in us to win," Powell said, adding that several top players had not showed up for the game at the time they were supposed to, and he took a decision to exclude them from the team list that day.
"The players who took the field that day showed us they had bought into the vision and knew what was required of them," he added.
Powell, who had been involved with the former Premier League champions since 2001, had changed the club's name after they won the Premier League qualification series after the 2010-11 season, amid howls of protest from fans of the club and football fans all over the island.
The businessman had explained then, that his vision for the club did not allow it to be tied to a small area of the city and a handful of fans, but rather he was trying to emulate the powerful clubs in Europe which drew support from entire cities and regions.
On Monday night at the National Stadium, Montego Bay United who were the underdogs in the eyes of many, outplayed Waterhouse FC beating them 5-2 in a high scoring game to win western Jamaica's first national club title in 17 years.
Dino Williams who caught fire late in the season scored a hat- trick and assisted on the other two goals scored by Omar Gordon, as the Montego Bay United team outworked and outclassed the Waterhouse team, which had not lost a game since January, a span of 20 games.
The former Village United striker scored in the 26th, 58th and 78th minutes and assisted on Gordon's goals in the 64th and 69th minutes. while Romario Campbell had tied up the game at 1-1 for Waterhouse in the 43rd minute. Damarley Samuels scored what amounted to a consolation in the 81st minute.
Williams has been on a tear late in the season scoring five goals in three games, scoring the tying goal in the first leg semi-finals against last season's champions Harbour View that ended 2-2 and the lone goal in the return leg 1-0 win in Montego Bay.
Dr Dean Weatherly, the third coach to lead MBU this season following the departure of Donovan Duckie and Hugh Solomon, was at the helm for the last few games plus the play-offs.
It was the second time Weatherly was leading a team to the Premier League title after he guided Violet Kickers to their second title in the 1995-96 season.
Monday's victory was the 10th by a western team and added to previous victories by Reno FC in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1994-95; Seba United in 1986-87 and 1996-97, Wadadah FC in 1987-88 and 1991-1992 and Violet Kickers in 1993-94 and 1995-96.