Woozen­crof t stars as MBU de­feat Reno

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BU­REAU: ERMAINE WOOZENCROFT scored one goal and as­sisted in the other as Red Stripe Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United (MBU) out­lasted FC Reno 2-0 in their western derby at Frome Sports Ground yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The mid­fielder en­tered play in the 79th minute and im­me­di­ately looked the part as his calm pres­ence on the ball and his eye for spec­tac­u­lar passes meant that MBU, who, up to that point, were lucky to be in the game, be­gan to stamp their class.

Allan Ottey ben­e­fited from a Woozencroft cor­ner kick in the 81st minute to score with an easy tap in.

Woozencroft then scored his team’s sec­ond. The FC Reno de­fend­ers again were slow to shut the MoBay at­tack­ers down and Woozencroft cap­i­talised with a sim­ple pass into the goal, with Den­nis Tay­lor, the Reno goal­keeper, wrong­footed.

The cham­pi­ons took a step up the stand­ings on nine points, while Reno re­main on seven points, fol­low­ing their first loss of the sea­son.

Dino Wil­liams’ spec­tac­u­lar over­head ef­fort in the 75th minute was the clos­est the striker got, while at the other

Jend, Afiba Cham­bers watched his close-range header as it skipped off the cross­bar for Reno’s best ef­fort. Mon­tego Bay United gave a start to Ser­bian de­fender Zvez­dan Dordilovic, and he had a fine out­ing in tan­dem with Ron­aldo Rod­ney and cen­tral de­fender Ladale Richie.

TEAM COHESION

Dil­lon Thel­well, MBU’s as­sis­tant coach, be­lieves the team is be­gin­ning to gel at the right time.

“The team is look­ing good right now. I think we are be­gin­ning to gel, and that’s bad news for the op­po­si­tion and good news for us as we go about de­fend­ing our ti­tle,” said Thel­well.

“Woozencroft was not look­ing too good in train­ing, so we de­cided not to start him to­day (yes­ter­day). I think that was a wake-up call for him and he came out here when he got his chance and put on a show as usual,” noted Thel­well.

Reno’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, Wen­dell Down­swell, said his team’s fail­ure to get a point from the fix­ture was as a re­sult of two lapses.

“We will re­bound, though. We never had much luck ei­ther way to­day, but we are look­ing for three points against Port­more in our next match,” said Down­swell.

PHOTO BY PAUL CLARKE

Zvez­dan Dordilovic (right) of Mon­tego Bay United is tracked by Reno’s Shaquel Bryan in yes­ter­day’s Red Stripe Pre­mier League western derby at Frome. MBU stopped FC Reno 2-0.

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