MBUFC upstage Reno 2-0
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) condemned western neighbours Reno to more misery in the 2011-12 Red Stripe Premier League when they blanked them 2-0 in the western derby at Montego Bay Stadium on Sunday.
In a game that lacked real spark and was very difficult to watch at times, the Neider Dos Santos-coached MBUFC outfit scored a goal in each half, courtesy of a Reno defender in the first half and substitute Horace James late in the second half.
By virtue of their win, MBUFC climbed back into the top six as they increased their points tally to 41, while Reno, which is increasingly looking like a team destined for relegation, remain one place from the bottom on 25 points.
"We controlled the game and got the result we wanted, which was maximum three points," said Dos Santos, whose MBUFC team was badly depleted by injuries. "Our aim is to keep our place in the top six, so we will again be going after full points in our next game."
For Reno, defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for coach Linval 'Palla' Wilson Sr, who said he just cannot understand why all the hard work they are putting in is not paying off with positive results.
"What is happening is more than just football ... it is as if something is stopping us from winning," said Wilson. "We are working hard and preparing well, (but) it is just not happening for us ... I just don't know what to do except to keep trying."
In the opening minutes, both teams looked rather innocuous as they struggled to settle, firing wayward passes almost with impunity. MBUFC were the first to settle, but they were wasteful with the opportunities they created.
However, with the game 19 minutes old, they took the lead, courtesy of a stroke of good luck. A shot by Omar Gordon struck a Reno defender and flew past the goalkeeper, who was badly wrong-footed, making the score 1-0.
Easiest of chances
In the 32nd minute, Reno got the easiest of chances to draw level, but muffed it. The MBUFC custodian blocked a ball into the path of Omar Johnson, but he fumbled badly from a mere four yards.
On the stroke of half-time, MBUFC just missed doubling their lead. A superb pass by the Bahamian Lesly St Fleur left Kemiro James with a clear shot on goal, but he dragged his shot just wide and the half ended with the score unchanged.
In the second half, both teams struggled offensively, but with time running out, MBUFC finally came up with something positive, which resulted in their second goal. The Reno goalkeeper mishandled a long-range shot and, as the ball bobbled up before him, James stroked it into the goal, making the final score 2-0.