MoBay pile agony on Barbican
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Montego Bay United blanked Barbican 2-0, adding to the promoted team's woes in the sixth round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Bowl in Mona yesterday.
The defending champions, courtesy of second-half strikes by substitute Omar Gordon (71st) and captain Fabian MCarthy (87th pen) moved to seven points from five games, while newcomers Barbican remained on two points in the 12-team standings.
Barbican, who is yet to record a win in their debut top-flight football, started the game well but failed to get on target. On the other hand, MoBay worked the ball around the pitch and got two late goals for their second win of the new season.
MoBay coach Carlos Garcia said the team has started to gel and is coming into its own.
"We are starting to gel better. The players are making the effort," Garcia told The Gleaner.
He also admitted that it had been difficult to break Barbican down. "They did very good defensive work, but we were a bit more patient and got the goals," the coach added.
Omar Gordon, who came off the bench, injected life into his team. Gordon came on in the 63rd minute and netted the opening goal eight minutes later.
"Well, coming off sickness, chikungunya, I was placed on the bench where I analysed the situation on the field and knew what to do. I came in and scored for the team," the 23-year-old Gordon, who is a former Anchovy High daCosta Cup football star, told The Gleaner.
Coming off slow start
The striker, popularly called 'Turtle', said the defending champions are coming off a slow start but would get there in the end.
"We know it is a slow start. We were affected by injuries and chik-V. However, we have the team to successfully defend the title," he added.
Barbican coach Junior Francis described his team's second loss of the season as "unfortunate".
"I thought it was a goalkeeping error that caused the first goal. We lapsed. The penalty decision was unfortunate. I thought the team played well," Francis said.
In another game on the day, Reno led by a hat-trick from the RSPL leading marksman Craig Foster, ending Rivoli's unbeaten run with a 5-1 drubbing at Frome in Westmoreland. Denmark Gillings and Aldane Grant also scored for the home side. Foster is on a season-high 8 goals.
In the late game, Cavalier maintained their lead with a 1-0 win against Harbour View at Stadium East. Oshane Jenkins netted in the 68th minute for the Rudolph Speid-coached team.
Barbican 0 Montego Bay United 2
Reno 5 Rivoli United 1
Cavalier 1 Harbour View 0
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