Montego Bay win Premier League title after controversial week
Dino Williams came on as a second half substitute to score the winning goal in Montego Bay United’s 2-1 victory over Portmore United in the final of the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The match started late as Montego Bay United showed up late for the 4 o’clock game and wore jerseys in obvious protest of the match stating “Respect. If you want o get it you have to give it.”
The victory gave MBUFC a second title in three years and a first League title for Paul “Tegat” Davis as coach. And he was obviously delighted.
“This is an amazing feeling to know we are champions of the league against a very good a technically sound Portmore side,” Davis said.
Mercurial MBUFC midfielder Jermaine Woozencraft opened the scoring in the 62nd minute with a well-taken strike, after Portmore goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul raced off his line to block an initial attempt from MBU forward Corey Hylton.
Portmore responded in fantastic fashion. Michael Binns’ torrid left-footed shot from 32 yards out gave Jacomeno Barrett in goal for MBU absolutely no chance for the equaliser, inciting huge celebration from the small pocket of Portmore supporters.
Following a tough first half in which neither team was able to test the other, it was Portmore that set the standard early, looking to stop the slick ball movement from the MBU midfielders led by the mercurial Jermaine Woozencraft and captain Dwayne Ambusley.
Portmore’s only real look-in came in the 22nd minute, when Barrett was forced into a low save from a free kick at the top of the area.
The second half was far more interesting than the first, with the teams shedding their cagey approach and with it came the goals.
With the game tied at 1-1, Davis brought on the always industrious Williams for the hard running Ronaldo Rodney and it paid off almost immediately.
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