Hankinson: MBU momentum crucial for top six finish

February 01, 2018
Dino Williams (left) of Montego Bay United getting the better of Boys' Town's Ricardo Dennis during a Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Barbican Complex in January.
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Montego Bay United coach Tim Hankinson was impressed with his team's, and especially, Dino Williams' clinical finishing in their 3-0 win over ten man Boys Town FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Sunday. However, he believes that they must capitalise on their win over the Red Brigade, and keep the winning trend when they face Cavalier this evening at Stadium East at 5 p.m. if they intend to build momentum and challenge for a top six spot.

"It was a very competitive game, but the red card changed the game. But you still have to finish your chances, of which the guys did a great job. We didn't have that many shots, but the ones we had went in. We also showed good composure and tactical awareness at the end, using the space with them playing a man down, and that is a sign of progress," he said.

He is also pleased with the team's defensive application and said a win against Cavalier today would be a great confidence booster.

"In the three games we have played, we have given up two (goals), that means we are giving up less than a goal a game. Fortunately this will build some confidence going in against Cavalier. We can't think five, ten games down the road. We looked at this (game) and said we needed a win and it's a confidence builder, but what we do at this point will be the difference maker.

"So do we build off this and play with a new confidence going in against Cavalier? If we can do that, we can start to build momentum. We have a game in hand, so we are still in the hunt. It is to now focus on Cavalier and build off this win," he insisted.

He also revealed that the team has adjusted itself tactically, in an effort to make the best use of injured top striker, Dino Williams, who got a brace against Boys Town.

"He has had a long standing injury for a couple of years and it needs to be surgically corrected. His fitness is not letting him play as he normally would, so all we can do is give him as much help as we can.

(Ronaldo) Rodney tries to play like a second forward, although he is not a forward. But we use him that way to try draw to one of the centre-backs away to give him (Dino) more one on one situations, and we know if he gets in that situation he can be dangerous, as he showed today (Sunday)," he added.

This afternoon's other RSPL game sees Sandals South Coast FC hosting Harbour View FC at St Elizabeth Technical High School at 3 p.m.

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