Richie’s defending underpins MBU victory over Harbour View
Montego Bay United (MBU) central defender Ladale Richie was outstanding in his team's 1-0 win over Harbour View FC in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday.
The champions struck early when striker Dino Williams tucked his effort away in the fifth minute to power his team up the standings on 47 points, trailing Arnett Gardens, who lead the league on 52 points.
Richie, who dreams of donning the national colours, added that he is focused on making sure the MBU defensive line stays solid.
"We are still the best defensive team in the league, and that is a testimony of our resilience from the start of the season, as we build towards the defence of our title," Richie told The Gleaner.
"There is enough power in the squad to win the League again, and from my point of view, we are well placed to take a semi-final spot and carry on from there," he said.
He said the players who joined the club in the January transfer window have adapted to the culture, and that they have been making a good contribution to the resurgence of the champions, who have picked up steam at the right time.
Richie, a mainstay in the centre of the MBU defence, was a major reason why Harbour View struggled to execute their offensive plans.
Against Harbour View, it was his passing, as much as his defending, that was good, and he easily could have picked up an assist if his beautiful pass from deep inside his area was controlled better on the run by second-half substitute Omar Gordon.
Harbour View were reduced to 10 players when Kevaughn Frater was red-carded in the 48th minute for a high tackle on MBU captain Dwayne Ambusely, but the champions should have scored more, but for their indecisiveness and impatience in front of goal.
"It was clear, today, we had a good game. I hope we can keep our good defensive record going, while winning games," said Richie.
He added that his performance speaks for itself, and with national senior head coach Winfried Schaefer watching the game, he may be just a phone call away from realising his dream of representing Jamaica.