MoBay breaks Reno’s unbeaten streak
After a dismal start to the season, which saw then drawing once and losing trice in their first four outings, former champions Montego Bay United Football Club (MBU) made it back-to-back wins on Sunday when they clipped the previously unbeaten Reno FC 1-0 in their Red Stripe NPL fixture at the Frome Sports Ground, in Westmoreland.
By virtue of the result, Reno, which previously had two wins and three draws, have slipped down to table to fourth place on nine points; while MBU have made a major jump from just above the relegation zone to seventh place on seven points.
In what was a keenly contested game, the Rod Underwood-coached MBU got the game's lone goal midway the first half when they were awarded a 29th minute penalty.
Veteran defender Orlando made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Dennis Taylor with his spot kick.
For Reno's coach, Michael Graham, losing his team five-game unbeaten streak was a major disappointment, especially after the team squandered a few opportunities to draw level.
"We started slowly, and before long, we fell behind as MoBay took the lead from the penalty spot," said Graham. "We played a much better second half, and we could have gotten a goal or two, but the goals did not come for us today."
For Underwood, who was coming under pressure from the MBU fans after the team's lacklustre start to the season, the result was exactly what he wanted.
"Once we settled down, we took control of the run of play, and after we scored, we knew we had them," said Underwood. "This is the first we have won a game here at Reno in two years so that makes the victory even more pleasing for us."
While it is still early in the season and Reno is still handily placed, Graham said he was not pleased with the level of service the team's star striker got in the game and that is something they would be seeking to address on the training ground ahead of their next game. Foster is responsible for the four goals Reno has scored so far this season.
When the competition resumes tomorrow afternoon, the now confident MoBay, which now have bragging rights for the west, having beaten both Sandals South Coast and Reno, will be going after the scalp of Tivoli Gardens, which they will entertain at the Wespow Sports Complex. Reno should have a tough task on their hands, playing away to champion Arnett Gardens at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex.