Mobay get home whip­ping from visit­ing UWI

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - — Paul Reid

Mon­tego Bay United

Ottey (72nd)

UWI FC 3 Smith (19th), Bel­navis (75th), Miller (85th) 1

TUCKER, St James — The Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (UWI) FC ex­tended their un­beaten run against Mon­tego Bay United (MBU) to five games after de­feat­ing the for­mer cham­pi­ons 3-1 in their first-round Red Stripe Pre­mier League game at We­spow Park in Tucker yes­ter­day.

Late goals from Javoy Bel­navis and Ryan Miller broke a 1-1 score­line as UWI FC snapped their own two-game win­less run while ex­tend­ing MBU’S to five games since they last won a game this sea­son.

Rochane Smith gave UWI FC the lead in the 19th minute, but Al­lan Ottey scored his first of the sea­son in the 72nd minute to draw his team level.

An­drew Peart, coach of UWI FC, de­scribed his team’s win as “great” and said they were happy to re­turn to win­ning ways. They rise to joint third place in the points ta­ble with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Port­more United on 14 points as MBU re­mained in eighth place on 10 points.

MBU Coach Vas­sell Reynolds was a dis­ap­pointed man, es­pe­cially with how his team played in the sec­ond half.

“I thought we did not play too badly in the first half, but not as com­posed as we should have been,” he said.

Mo­ments after MBU goal­keeper Aian Miller blocked a pow­er­ful header from point­blank range on the goal line with his foot, UWI FC took the lead.

A weak clear­ance from the MBU de­fence went to Smith, who had the time to strike the ball into the lower right hand cor­ner of the goal as MBU con­ceded for the first time on over 200 min­utes.

Two changes, both forced through in­juries, served to help re­vive the MBU team and one of the sub­sti­tutes, Wade Da­ley, set up the equaliser when his cross from the left beat the UWI FC de­fence, leav­ing Ottey with a wide open goal to tap the ball into in the 72nd minute.

UWI FC re­took the lead three min­utes later when an­other de­fen­sive break­down al­lowed Bel­navis some space and he curled a low hard shot past Miller into the far left cor­ner of the goal.

Miller put the game out of reach of the MBU team when his shot from the top of the box passed the body of the div­ing Miller in the 85th minute.

Teams:

Mon­tego Bay United — Aian Miller, Keneil Kir­lew, Dwayne Am­bus­ley (Wade Da­ley66th), John Bar­rett, Win­ston Wilkin­son, She­mar Robin­son, Ni­cholas Am­pon­sah, Jer­maine Woozen­croft (Ne­vaun Turn­er85th), Tre­vaughn Walker (Omar Brown-46th), Al­lan Ottey, Odane Nish.

Subs not used: Z Hutchin­son, O Mcbayne, A Drum­mond, R Welling­ton

Booked: None

UWI FC — Amal Knight, Taniel Mcken­zie, Dra­vian Wil­liams, Javoy Bel­navis, Ke­mar Flem­mings, Ke­moy Atkin­son, Rochane Smith, Ryan Miller (Michael Heaven-88th), Fabion Mccarthy, Pa­trick Brown (Deno Schaffe-65th), Davion Gar­ri­son (Dwayne Smith-69th). Subs not used: A Green­land, S Bar­nett, G Brown, J Henry Booked: None

Ref­eree: Cordella Sa­muels As­sis­tants: Richard Wash­ing­ton, Ke­mar Bai­ley Fourth Of­fi­cial: Der­ron Davy Match Com­mis­sary: Gavin Mcneil

(Photo: Paul Reid)

MBU’S goal­keeper Aian Miller is beaten by a shot from UWI FC’S Javoy Bel­navis (right) as MBU’S de­fender Win­ston Wilkin­son looks on in yes­ter­day’s RSPL game at We­spow Park in Mon­tego Bay.

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