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West is best for Speid's Cavalier

Published:Saturday | December 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold
Kamoy Simpson (left) of Cavalier being tracked by Anthony Marks of Montego Bay, United during their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the WesPow Park in Tucker, Montego Bay on Thursday night. Cavalier won 1-0.
Cavalier’s head coach Rudolph Speid.
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Western Bureau:

Cavalier's head coach Rudolph Speid hailed his team on Thursday night after they registered another fine result in the western end of the island.

Playing for the first time this season at WestPow Park, hosts Montego Bay United were clipped 1-0 by Cavalier.

Speid said he was very pleased with their continued dominance in the west, where the Kingston-based teams have often found it hard to find their best form.

"This is our fifth match in the west where all the Kingston teams dread to come, but we have won three and drawn two and I have to congratulate my team for that," said Speid.

Michael Spence netted the lone late goal of the contest in the first minute of injury time, heading a textbook cross from Chevone Marsh who terrorised the MBU defence down the left for the entire game.

According to Speid, getting through the first half without conceding was crucial as the team got only 25 minutes to warm up and it would take a while for them to get into stride. The team's bus was stuck in traffic for more than two hours and the match started more than one hour late.

"It was really terrible travelling so far and then being stuck in the traffic for about two and a half hours so we went into the game a bit leg weary. I am therefore very pleased to come here and win this game," Speid said after the final whistle.

Dillion Thelwell, coach of MBU, preferred to look at the positives.

"We had some youngsters starting for the very first time and I think they gave a good account of themselves despite the late defensive error which led to the goal," said Thelwell.

With the January transfer window just days away, Thelwell said they were aware of where they are and what they need to do.

"We have to put the pieces together, so hopefully, we can get some players in ... that can boost the energy in the squad and move into the top six by the end of this round," he said.