Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
FOR the sake of their fans, Sunday's victory was the perfect tonic for Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC).
The western Jamaica outfit earned their first victory of the 2013-14 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season, a 2-0 win over Sporting Central Academy at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, to jump to joint third in the table.
Leslie St Fleur scored from a header off a corner in the 34th minute and then Ronaldo Rodney added the second immediately after the half-time break, as new head coach Donovan Duckie celebrated his first Premier League win at MBUFC in style.
"It's always a good feeling to win your first home game, and I think the players did the supporters a world of good with this performance today," cited assistant coach David Pryce.
The busy St Fleur gave the Sporting defence a torrid time with his pace up front but slowly brought his quality into the fray along with Captain Jermaine Woozeccroft, Keneil Kirlew and midfielder Donovan Carey.
Sporting gave as much as they got in the early exchanges and at times looked the more likely to open the scoring from a number of threatening attacks, mostly on MBUFC's right flank.
When the game settled, the home side started pressing forward in search of the opening goal and it was St Fleur who got his head to a corner to head down and away from Sporting keeper for a 1-0 lead, which they took into the break.
On resumption, Kirlew flashed a shot from distance just over the crossbar and on their next raid, the ball was played to the right flank and the subsequent cross found the boot of Rodney, who made no mistake, scoring from just inside the area for a 2-0 lead.
MBUFC, which lost their season opener 1-0 away at Tivoli Gardens FC, are now on three points, the same as Sporting Central, who had won 2-0 over defending champions Harbour View the previous week.
"To be honest, we played in a similar vein against Tivoli, but they were lucky with that goal and we ended up losing," argued Pryce. "But this is what we are expecting in our games, to run hard, tackle hard and take our chances in front of goal."
He added: "The fans will have more time to celebrate the success of the team this season, as we build on this victory."
Montego Bay United's next assignment will be away to Harbour View FC on Sunday.
Humble Lion, which won 2-0 over Portmore United, are the early leaders on six points, the same as Cavalier, which silenced Waterhouse FC with a stoppage-time win in a 1-0 margin at Waterhouse Stadium.