Dino Williams' goal against Tivoli gives MoBay first win in Red Stripe Premier League
Defending champions Montego Bay United got off the mark in this season's Red Stripe Premier League with a 1-0 win over Tivoli Gardens thanks to Dino Williams' 25th-minute strike at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
Following the disappointment of losing to newcomers Maverley-Hughenden on opening day, the champions gave new Serbian coach Slavisa Bozicic his first league win.
However, the champions did not look like the well-oiled attacking machine that local spectators have come to know. Instead, they gave a laboured performance, playing on the back-foot for most of the match.
However, MoBay United's assistant coach, Dillon Thelwell, says it's only a matter of time before the players get used to Bozicic's way of playing.
"We started slowly, but after 15 minutes, we came into the game. We never had the best game, but for every three points, we are thankful. He's (Bozicic) a new coach and he has some new things to add to our group, but the field conditions were not a hundred per cent, and that was a major factor today. We also have some new players we are trying to fit into the team, so we need a little time to work in. But it's just a matter of time," he said.
Tivoli started the brighter team and looked more likely to get the opening goal, only to be denied by goalkeeper David Swaby, who effected a brilliant save off Colorado Murray's close-range shot after five minutes.
The hosts continued to have the better of play, and Mitchily Waul had a few good looks but could not capitalise.
They were made to pay for those wasted opportunities when Montego Bay, on their first meaningful attack, saw Allan Ottey break away down the left and centred a low cross for the onrushing Dino Williams, whose sliding finish from six yards put the visitors ahead.
Two minutes after the break, Waul had a great chance for the equaliser, but he failed to connect properly with an overhead kick when he had time to control. However, the game got scrappy after that, with MoBay content on defending and playing long balls to Williams.
Despite relentless pressure from the hosts, MoBay stayed solid and organised to come away with the points.
Tivoli's coach, Omar Edwards, said it was just not their day.
"It's early season and the team didn't perform badly despite the loss. We just have to go back to the training ground and fix what we did wrong," he said.
Maverley-Hughenden 1 Portmore 1
Jamalco 3 UWI 0
Arnett Gardens 2 Waterhouse 1
Harbour View 2 Boys' Town 1
Tivoli Gardens 0 MoBay United 1
Reno 0 Humble Lion 0 (game called off after nine minutes due to rain)