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Rare JPL win for Montego Bay United

Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMDaniel Wheeler/Staff Reporter
Leacroft Lettman
Leacroft Lettman

Montego Bay United have not had a Jamaica Premier League (JPL) win to celebrate in four months.

But finally the long barren spell has ended. They beat Portmore United 1-0 in yesterday’s game at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Nevaun Turner’s 39th-minute penalty was enough to take them to nine points this season with four games left and put an early roadblock into the path of Portmore United head coach Philip Williams in his second game in charge of the club.

For Montego Bay United head coach Leacroft Lettman, the improved mentality of the team has been a contributing factor in their victory.

“It’s always a boost when you win. Once the momentum goes like that, then you try to maintain it. But it all comes to the discipline of the players in their positions. The discipline of the boys has changed and once we got that discipline, you must expect that you are going to see our brand of football,“ Lettman said.

With a goal to finish the season in double digits and play spoilers for the teams chasing the play-offs, Turner says it is up to them to continue improving.

“Our aim right now is to do something good to stop a team from going into the top six. We have to use that as motivation going forward so we just have to keep working hard and doing what is right,” Turner said.

The first half was a cagey affair with minimal chances which saw Portmore not offer much in attack. Williams said that he was disappointed with their ball movement which was not sharp enough to give the opposition problems.

“In terms of our game play, it was not encouraging tonight. We moved the ball too slow and gave Montego Bay time to settle and set their defensive line. And at this stage it is unacceptable,” Williams said.

The breakthrough for Montego Bay was not of their own making but by Portmore’s unforced error. An attempted header from Steve Young to goalkeeper Benjamin Williams was intercepted by Montego Bay’s Shandee Brooks and Williams attempt to clear the ball led to him fouling Brooks in the box, resulting in a penalty. Turner dispatched the spot kick to take their first lead in a JPL game since February when they opened the scoring in their 1-1 draw with Tivoli Gardens.

Portmore United remain in ninth place with 17 points while Montego Bay are at the bottom of the standings.