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Each MBU match is a final – Gama

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:13 AM
Montego Bay United’s Eric Acquah (left) gets ahead of Humble Lion opponent Cory Hylton to win the ball during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Effortville Community Centre in Effortville, Clarendon yesterday. Ian Allen/Photographer
Montego Bay United’s Eric Acquah (left) gets ahead of Humble Lion opponent Cory Hylton to win the ball during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Effortville Community Centre in Effortville, Clarendon yesterday. Ian Allen/Photographer

Montego Bay United’s (MBU) Brazilian coach, Luciano Gama, said a point from their 1-1 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at the Effortville Community Centre yesterday was not enough, but that they will continue to prepare for their remaining six games as if they are all finals.

MBU took the lead against the hosts through a third-minute penalty from Keneil Kirlew, but Jermaine Christian’s equaliser two minutes after the break secured a point for Humble Lion.

“I am sorry we could not hold that advantage,” Gama said. “We just sorry about the results. It’s one point to bring back to home, but it is not enough for what we needed. It’s not good. One point is not what we needed. Also, because we started in front, maybe if the situation was like last week, we would celebrate, but we are sorry because we scored the goal first. Maybe if we could have held the points, as the three points are very important to us. We don’t get (points) but we are going to work hard and try find that next weekend.”

GREAT CHANCES

Humble Lion struggled to break down the MBU defence, but they got great chances through Renae Lloyd and Cory Hylton, but two execellent stops from veteran goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett kept them at bay.

Humble Lion came to life after the equaliser and they had a number of chances to take the lead, but wasteful shooting and good goalkeeping from Barrett kept the scores level.

However, near the end, MBU nearly stole the points, but Jeadine White made a fine double save from a free kick and then from ace striker Dino Williams to save his team’s blushes.

Humble Lion coach O’Neil Thompson said the problem that has plagued them all season cost them the three points.

“We are not capitalising on the chances that we are creating,” he said. “But the creation level was up today compared to the last game. I am pleased with the amount of chances we created, but we’re not converting the chances we have for the points.”

MoBay stayed bottom on 21 points, while Humble Lion remain eighth with 31 points.