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MBU return to top of League table

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:00 AMPaul Clarke
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Western Bureau:

Montego Bay United's (MBU) speed merchant Alan Ottey returned to form, after scoring the opener in his team's 2-1 win over western rivals FC Reno on Wednesday night, a victory that lifted the club back to the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League.

Ottey, who has been out of action since late last year because of injuries, was back in his familiar marauding role up front for MBU, and looked at his dazzling best all night against a Reno defence line that had trouble keeping the speedy forward in check.

MBU's win, their 13th in 25 matches, also snapped Reno's modest win streak at two, inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

With 48 points, MBU overtook defending champions Arnett Gardens (46), for leadership of a rather tight Premier League contest so far this season, while Reno remain stuck in eighth place on 30 points, the same as seventh place team Boys' Town.

Ottey, meanwhile, wasted little time to score against an old foe on Wednesday, when he fired home in the eighth minute against a scrambling Reno defence.

own goal

Mercurial midfielder Jermaine Woozencroft scored MBU's second on the stroke of half-time to make the score 2-0 at the break, but an own goal from John Barrett in injury time gifted Reno a consolation.

Reno had little going for them up front, and looked a shadow of the team that had put together a two-match win streak.

Rushane Sharpe was clearly not at his best, neither was Afiba Chambers, and that played into MBU's hands.

It was a welcome return to form for Ottey, and the tricky forward's fifth goal of the season should help improve his confidence.

Ottey, who has seen his form for the club dip primarily because of niggling leg injuries recently, has only played a few games this season, but is always a dangerous player when fully fit, as his blistering pace on and off the ball is a constant problem for defenders.