MBU hanging on by a thread

March 18, 2019

Portmore United’s Ricardo Morris dribbles away from John Barrett of Montego Bay United in their Red Stripe Premier League match at WesPow Park yesterday. Portmore won 5-1.
Portmore United’s Ricardo Morris dribbles away from John Barrett of Montego Bay United in their Red Stripe Premier League match at WesPow Park yesterday. Portmore won 5-1.

A brace from Portmore United's Lamar Walker has left Montego Bay United hanging on by a thread after they suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat in the penultimate round of the Red Stripe Premier League at WesPow Park yesterday.

The result sees MBU on 30 points in 11th position and three points off Dunbeholden who are one spot above on 33 points. But there are talks of the St James-based team still having a chance if they get penalty points from their 2-1 lost to Cavalier in January after reports surfaced of the Rudolph Speid's side using an ineligible player. With all that said, MBU would have to beat Waterhouse away on Wednesday to stand a chance to remain in top-flight football.

On the other hand, the result saw the ever consistent Portmore United finishing atop the RSPL standing for the regular season and as a result are $1million richer.

MBU found themselves trailing just 13 minutes into the game from an Andre Lewis strike. Things went from bad to worse for the host when last-man Eric Acquah received a straight red card after bringing down a Portmore attacker just outside the box.

Lamar Walker netted a brilliant free kick beating Jacomeno Barret to his right to send the visitors 2-0 into the break.

Walker netted his second 11 minutes into the second half that saw some MBU fans starting to leave the ground.

Nevaun Turner sparked a bit of hope for MBU when he cut the deficit to two in the 75th.

Turner's goal only proved to be somewhat of a consolidation as Roshan Shape (81st) and substitute Cleon Pryce (83rd) left MBU hanging on to relegation by a thread.

Coach of MBU, Luciano Traina Gama, was left disappointed with the officiating that he believed decided the game and possibly their faith as it relates to relegation.

"We know that the mission would be very, very tough with the last two games against the two top teams. Portmore has a very good team and when the game is conditioned by a bad decision like we had today in the match. It's not mandatory he must give the red card even if it was a foul," Gama said.

"To play 11 against 11 with a team like Portmore is difficult to imagine all the game two goals down and a man short."

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