Adrian Frater, News Editor
WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United Football Club's (MBUFC) goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett gave Cavalier a first-half gift, but the Kingston-based team gave back a share of the gift in the second half as the teams played out a 1-1 draw at Montego Bay Sports Complex on Sunday night.
Cavalier took the lead in the 39th minute when Barrett spilled a feeble shot into the path of Geovannie Samuda who walked the ball unchallenged into the goal. MBUFC drew level in the 86th minute when substitute Dino Williams capitalised on a defensive blunder and fired home.
By virtue of their one point, the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached MBUFC moved up to third position in the 12-team competition on 28 points. Despite being only two points behind the Montego Bay team, Cavalier are in eighth position with their 26 points.
According to Dr Weatherly, his team should have taken all three points as they got enough good chances.
"We wasted too many good scoring opportunities and then gave Cavalier the easiest of scoring opportunities that you are likely to see at this level of football," said Dr Weatherly. "We kept Cavalier in the game by gifting them an easy goal and then not capitalising on the chances we got before finding the equaliser."
For Cavalier's coach, Lamar Morgan, his team played well enough for all three points, but was somewhat unfortunate to have coughed up an equaliser with victory seemingly in sight.
"I thought we played a good game, especially in terms of staying behind the ball and limiting the space available to MBUFC," said Morgan. "We were playing with a team depleted by injuries, so we were not as composed as we would have liked in the latter stages of the game."
fairly decent start
After a fairly decent start in which they gave the home team as much as they got, Cavalier must still be wondering what went wrong with goalkeeper Barrett with six minutes to go in the half. An innocuously looking shot from long-range floated gently to the custodian, who spilled it to Samuda, who fired home to make the half-time score 1-0.
In the second half, Cavalier dropped anchor, seemingly more interested in soaking pressure than going in search of more goals. They were quite fortunate that MBUFC squandered several chances to punish them for their defensive approach.
But with time running out, MBUFC finally found the equaliser when the Cavalier defence buckled under pressure and Williams fired home after being left unattended, making the final score 1-1.