Gordon's hat-trick lifts MBU
The goals just keep on coming for Montego Bay United's forward Owayne Gordon, who fired in a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s opening Group Three Caribbean Football Union Club Championship win over Scholars International of Cayman, played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Gordon scored in the 25th, 73rd and 80th minutes with an own goal coming from Scholars midfielder Courtney Duval in the 42nd minute.
It was Gordon's first-ever hat-trick for MBU.
MBU's win sets up what will likely be an interesting match against the defending champions Central FC from Trinidad on Sunday.
Central will bow into action this evening when they meet the wounded Scholars in an 8 p.m. kick-off at the complex.
MBU were made to work hard in the first 15 minutes to break down the Scholars team before Paul “Tegat” Davis-coached team began to settle and eventually turned the game in their favour, with Gordon in particular looking sharp upfront.
“I was enjoying myself out there; it’s always nice to score goals but I think I enjoyed these greatly because it is my first hat-trick for MBU,” Gordon said.
“They played hard but we are MBU and the team did what the coach asked and we got the important win,” added Gordon.
The opening goal came from the penalty spot.
Gordon stepped up to fire to the left of Scholars goalie Jermaine Brown after a defender had handled the ball. From there on there was little the visitors could do to stop the now marauding MBU team, buoyed by the early goal.
The local team's third goal and Gordon’s second was MBU at their best; a series of neat passes ended up with Gordon being fouled close to the area. Gordon struck the ball sweetly to the left of Brown in Scholars goal for a 3-0 lead. His hat-trick was completed when he lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the unprotected net to complete the rout.
“I am just happy to win tonight. I hope we play better in our next match and score more goals too,” added Gordon.