MBU con­fi­dence boosted by over­due win

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS THE WEEKEND STAR - KAVARLY ARNOLD STAR Writer

Mon­tego Bay United (MBU) picked up their first Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL) win at home in seven games on Wed­nes­day, af­ter de­feat­ing UWI FC 2-0 at We­sPow Park in Tucker, Mon­tego Bay. Vas­sell Reynolds, coach of MBU, is happy to start the first round on a pos­i­tive note, es­pe­cially at home.

Goals from Naz­ime Matalie-Grant (45th) and Wade Da­ley (90+4) saw MBU break an eight game win­less run to also ease the heavy pres­sure coach Reynolds came un­der re­cently.

“We went into the game know­ing that only three points could get us into a strong po­si­tion to start the sec­ond round. So yes, it was a wel­come vic­tory and big re­lief in terms of home re­sults,” Reynolds said.

MBU, who had only kept three clean sheets be­fore Wed­nes­day, have con­ceded 18 goals in 13 games and scored only 10. Reynolds high­lighted that this is a ma­jor con­cern for the team.

“Both ends of the pitch, we have been hav­ing some con­cerns,” he said. “Whether play­ing home or away, we have been play­ing well enough in cre­at­ing a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties, but just not com­posed enough in mak­ing use of them. Also, we have been con­ced­ing a num­ber of goals, but the fact that we would have scored two goals and kept a clean sheet was a big pos­i­tive for us go­ing for­ward,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds, who was a mem­ber of FC Reno’s coach­ing staff for the back end of last sea­son, is look­ing to use the con­fi­dence from Wed­nes­day’s win go­ing into Sun­day’s western clash with Reno at the Frome Sports Com­plex.

“Be­fore this game, the con­fi­dence was kind of low, not just among the play­ers, but the fans as well. I’m hop­ing that this vic­tory will give us that plat­form to build on go­ing for­ward,” Reynolds said.

“One is al­ways ex­pect­ing a close en­counter between both teams in what we call a western derby. Those three points will be very cru­cial. We are go­ing into the match with a pos­i­tive mind­set and, hope­fully, we can get a pos­i­tive re­sult from it,” he added.

IAN ALLEN

Jer­maine Woozen­croft (left) of Mon­tego Bay United is be­ing pres­sured for the ball by Court­ney Allen (right) of Port­more United dur­ing their Red Stripe Pre­mier League match at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, 2018.

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