Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Montego Bay United's head coach, Donovan Duckie, was disappointed with the result 0-0 result at home - Wespow Park - against Waterhouse FC, in yesterday's round of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League.
It was their second successive draw at home, following last week's 1-1 result against August Town, which only fuelled more frustration for Duckie, although they sit second on 22 points after yesterday's game.
"We have been creating numerous chances but have not been clinical in the final third, so I guess that is an aspect of our game we need to look at," reasoned Duckie.
"I think this is our bad patch, in terms of not scoring goals, so we need to give thanks we are not conceding also," he added.
Waterhouse, who came into the match a rung below MBU in third, moved up to 18 points and also feel they were unlucky not to have snatched the win from inside the first half, when Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson's downward header was brilliantly held by MBU goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett.
What the game lacked in front of goal, it certainly made up for in intensity, as both teams had players cautioned, with Anderson lucky to have completed the full 90 minutes, as referee Valdin Legister could have easily cautioned him a second time in the match.
Dino Williams should have done better for MBU in the 12th minute, on the back of some brilliant work on the flank by the pacy Alan Ottey - who served up a wonderful cross. But Williams failed to bring the ball totally under control and sent his shot high over the crossbar.
Ottey was on song once more, this time from the opposite flank, and whipped in a tremendous cross that found its way through three defenders inside the 18-yard box to forward Leslie St Fleur, whose mistimed shot zipped wide of the target.
Then it was time for Waterhouse to mount one of their attacks, which ended with another blistering attempt from Anderson, which may have gotten a touch from Barrett as it crashed against the upright in the 36th minute.
It was clear that it was going to be just as stirring in the second half, and so it proved, with Anderson becoming combatant, and the MBU players resisting all the visitors managed to throw at them.
But the best chance in the opening stages of the second half fell to Ottey, who raced in for a shot but was immediately closed down by a defender, and his shot sailed wide of the near post. Then Barrett was again called into action and produced three stunning saves at point-blank range to deny first up Anderson, and then the follow-up, which he did well to block, and a third, before the danger was cleared, as his defenders finally booted the ball upfield.
"It's good to start the round not losing, and a point on the road is always a welcome one," said Junior Francis, Waterhouse's coach.
"It was a very competitive game, and I thought both clubs played well. And although we got chances and we didn't put them away, it's just a part of the game. But I am satisfied, especially travelling so far," added Francis.