Adrian Frater, News Editor
Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) continued their relentless bid to secure a place in the 2012-13 Red Stripe Premier League second end-of-round final, when they scored a hard-fought come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sporting Central Academy at Montego Bay Sports Complex.
In what was an intriguing, if not exciting, contest, Sporting Central took an early lead through Kevon Reid. However, MBUFC stormed back through Leon Irving, Orlando McBayne and Dino Williams to set up their win. Sporting Central also benefitted from a late goal from Francois Swaby.
"We are not entirely pleased with the performance, because we are still missing too many easy chances," said MBUFC's inspirational coach, Dr Dean Weatherley, after the match on Sunday night. "We have a lot of work to do if we hope to make a serious run on the championship."
For Sporting Central's coach Lenworth Hyde Sr, who was only into his third day on the job at the Clarendon club, he was most disappointed with the low concentration level of his team, which saw them only playing well in spurts.
"We only played in patches ... we looked good for 10 to 15 minutes and then our performance drops, before we regroup again," said Hyde. "We definitely will have to do some work on the concentration level of this team."
Victory kept MBUFC third in the 12-team competition with 34 points, while Sporting Central slipped to ninth on 25 points.
After getting off to an enterprising start, Sporting Central took the lead in the third minute when Reid went high for a cross and left goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett stranded with his looping header.
With Sporting Central playing well, but failing in their bid to add to their early strike, MBUFC drew level in the 17th minute. The alert Irving capitalised on a series of defensive blunders and calmly stroked the net.
Towards the end of the half, MBUFC grabbed the lead when the hard-working Allan Ottey sent McBayne clear with a perfect pass in the 39th minute. McBayne made no mistake, booting home easily for a 2-1 half-time lead.
MoBay United struck for a third time in the 65th minute when Lesly St Fleur dropped a pass into the path of Williams, whose cracking shot flew into the roof of the net, making the score 3-1.
With time running out, Sporting Central created some nervous jitters late, when Swaby got a fortunate touch inside the goal area and scored.