Dunbeholden’s rallying win puts ‘Lenny’ Hyde in good mood
DRAX HALL, St Ann — Dunbeholden FC Coach Lenworth Hyde was pleased with his team’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Montego Bay United at WesPow Park on Sunday which took them four spots up the points table into seventh place.
Alex Gayle scored two second-half goals as Dunbeholden FC clawed their way from an early goal down to extend to five games their unbeaten run in the Wray & Nephew Jamaica Premier League. But the game ended contentiously as the home team thought they were denied a clear penalty call after Dunbeholden goalkeeper Damion Hyatt appeared to have brought down an MBU player inside the box after the player eluded him and had a clear chance at goal.
“Excellent, excellent performance,” Hyde said afterwards. “We rallied to win the game and I think we showed some patience today and they are learning… we have a long way to go but I like the performance today.”
Hyde admitted that their gamesmanship in the second half might have brought Montego Bay United back into the game. “We came under a lot of pressure in the second half as we were caught playing for time… we wanted the game to finish instead of continue playing but, we defended well and the goalkeeper came up big,” he said.
Neider Dos Santos, the MBU coach, said while he did not think his team played to potential, they did enough to get a point.
“I did not like our performance generally,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “We started good, and the first 15 minutes the score was one zero, and we could have scored twice after that.”
He said Dunbeholden FC “pushed us, and we we could not stand the marking in the third as we [had] planned because they push us very hard and put the pressure on us”.
“In the second half I tried to change [the pressure from Dunbeholden] but in the very early second half they equalised and they keep pushing us — and we are not able to to stop that,” the Brazilian admitted.
After Dunbeholden equalised he said he made some changes “to try something, and we pressured them a lot”.
“In the end, [we got] a very clear penalty, which [was in0 no doubt. I don’t like to talk about referees and so on but this is a shame. I think we deserve at least one point,” fumed Dos Santos.
Eighteen-year-old Leo Campbell became the third Montego Bay United player to score his first premier league goal when he looped a header past Hyatt to give the home team the lead in the fifth minute.
Bryan Brown’s volley from about five yards a minute later was blocked by Hyatt, and Campbell should have got a second goal later in the game but he fired a shot high over the bar from close range.
Gayle pulled Dunbeholden FC level in the 47th minute when his shot was deflected off an MBU defender and past goalkeeper William Ferreira, giving them the lead in the 55th minute when he was left unmarked at the far-left post and tapped in a cross from the right wing.