Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Striker Lesly St Fleur scored his fourth goal of the season to give second-place Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) a battling 1-0 win over Tivoli Gardens FC in yesterday's Red Stripe Premier League football match at Wespow Park as Donovan Duckie's team stayed second with 26 points, behind Harbour View (30).
The win for the Montegonians was their first following three drawn matches at the venue, and a timely one as the home supporters were beginning to show frustration. But in this match, the home team showed much more determination, particularly in the second half, which was a complete turnaround from the first stanza in which neither team displayed enough fighting spirit.
Bahamian international St Fleur said his goal was important.
"It was a good win and I am happy to have scored the only goal," he said. "We deserved to win, although we should have scored even more. But it is all a part of the game, and the good thing is that it keeps us on the heels of the league leaders."
His goal came during a short period where the home side looked purposeful with the ball and fellow front man, Dino Williams, who was hustled off the ball, fought back well to reclaim possession and whipped in a cross that needed only a header from St Fleur to direct it past Edsel Scott in the Tivoli goal at the 50th minute.
CAME TO LIFE
The Admiral Bailey-coached Tivoli then came to life, making the game more open as they searched for the equaliser.
But the next chance actually fell for Williams, whose shot from inside the area missed the mark as his angle was blocked by at least three defenders.
Then in the 78th minute, Tivoli's Ranike Anderson gave Jacomeno Barrett, the MBUFC goalkeeper, something to think about with a rasping shot that - had it been on target - would all but end up in the back of the net. Luckily for the diving Barrett, the attempt was just wide.
Tivoli remained on 18 points and must feel disappointed to have left the Second City without a share of the points, which they fully deserved.
"They could have scored as they had chances, too. But we did, and it's a sweet victory against a tough opposition," noted St Fleur.