Gordon powers MoBay to big win... Arnett batter Reno 6 - 0
Owayne Gordon scored two goals and created another as Montego Bay United put in a master-class performance to put away hosts Boys' Town 4-0 in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at Barbican complex yesterday.
After the departure of Dino Williams, the league and club's leading scorer, MoBay United's faithfuls have been looking to the former Arnett Gardens youth striker Gordon to carry the goalscoring responsibility, and the speedy and skillful player showed his willingness, as MoBay hunt their second title and third final in three seasons.
"I know that it is a big responsibility, but I am willing to take up the challenge," Gordon told The Star. "That's why I always come to training and match with a determined and hard-working intention. I have to get the job done as that is the only option to move the team forward, and without the marksman (Dino Williams) I have to become the marksman, so I have to take full responsibility."
Gordon fired the visitors in front after just two minutes, beating Kirk Porter in goal with a well struck free kick. However, the Boys' Town custodian should take some blame for Gordon's second eight minutes later, as the forward's weak attempt squeezed between his legs.
The western Jamaica club thought they made it 3-0 when they pulled apart Boys' Town with a swift one-touch counter-attacking move, which was calmly slotted home by Ronaldo Rodney, only for the latter to be caught offside.
After the interval, MoBay remained in control, with Gordon and Allan Ottey proving to be a constant menace for the home team. Ottey made it 3-0 six minutes into the second period, after dicing his way between defenders before slamming a left foot shot off Porter's near post.
Rodney sealed the win for the Paul 'Tegat' Davis - coached team when Gordon broke away from the Boys' Town defence and cut back for the midfielder to score from 10 yards..
Gordon's brace puts him level with Kemal Malcolm in third place with 11 goals on the goal-scoring chart, behind Williams (14) and Corey Burke (12), who both moved overseas in January. But apart from winning the championship again this year, the striker is also eyeing winning the Golden Boot award for the first time.
"I moved to 11 goals, so absolutely (want to win golden boot). I see that it is there to win, so there is no doubt that I am going for it," he said.
The win pushed MoBay to 51 points, two ahead of Arnett Gardens, who battered Reno 6-0. Struggling Waterhouse (21 points) lost 0-1 to Tivoli Gardens, which improved to 29 points and leapfrogged inactive Cavalier (27) in ninth position. Portmore (46) kept pace with the top two with a 1-0 win over Rivoli, which remained in the relegation zone on 22 points. In another game, UWI and Humble Lion draw 0-0.
Harbour View will play Cavalier at the Harbour View Stadium tonight at 8:40 p.m.