MoBay cruise past Humble Lion
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay United (MBU) recorded their third win of the 2014-15 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season on Sunday to move up the standings to 10 points, following a 2-0 win over the struggling Humble Lion at Wespow Park.
Cordel Simpson scored the opener in the 22nd minute, and in spite of the visitors' attempts to get back into the match, the home team sealed victory with a stunning strike in time added on for stoppages from midfielder Fabian McCarthy.
Carlos Garcia's MBU entered the eighth-round fixture just short of match sharpness, having not completed a league fixture in over two weeks. They bounced back with a well-needed win in the Champions Cup midweek and were seeking a win in the premiership to allay fears that the champions were struggling.
However, against 10th-placed Humble Lion, they were comfortable and got on the scoresheet after earning a corner, from which Simpson scored with a thumping header.
In time added, McCarthy showed how powerful he can be, drilling a 30-yard free-kick past the Humble Lion goalkeeper to seal the win.
"I am very happy for the win. All my players put in extra effort," Garcia said.
"We needed this victory, and the players really worked hard for it, and Simpson and McCarthy got the goals for us, so it was one well earned. Now, we must look forward to our next match and another positive result," added Garcia.
Humble Lion did pose some trouble for their hosts, but such is their season that chances have been far and wide and they hardly looked like scoring.
The Clarendon team did force two good saves from the towering Jacomena Barrett, in goal for MBU, but that was as close as they would come.
At this early stage, Humble Lion seem destined for a fight to stave off relegation, with only four points from eight matches. They have scored four goals, while conceding 11.