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Noelita Lawrence Ricketts

Going for broke and still in search of an elusive second victory, Montego Bay United’s pursuit of glory in the Jamaica Premier League continues this weekend with a game against Arnett Gardens at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence.

In desperate search of a second win in the League, the young assembled MBU team faces familiar foes when they come face-to-face with Arnett Gardens and their veteran coach and former western stand-out Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis.

The last time Arnett Gardens and MBU clashed the ‘Junglists’ came away big 3-0 winners.

The Tucker-based MBU has managed just one win to date in the League and with that they sit 9th in the standings awaiting the blast of the opening whistle in Saturday’s contest set to get off at 3:15 p.m.

Montego Bay United (MBU) former two times winners of the title, before being demoted to the lower league through relegation, could move to within striking distance of their opponents should they manage to steal what would be a shocking victory.
MBU goes into the contest with just four points but could move to seven and just a point below their opponents should they take all three against an unpredictable Arnett Gardens team.

Arnett, meantime, could move into the top three should they steal all three points, while MBU would be aiming to avoid a fourth defeat of the campaign.

The MBU team, still searching for their identity and a rhythm, is one of two teams to have already conceded 11 goals, the other being Humble Lion and they will need to bridge the leaking at the back if they are to begin their climb up the standings.

The MoBay side has also been struggling to find the back of the net with regularity as they have managed to score just six times to date.

Ricky Hill, Technical Director at the club, continues to bemoan his team’s lack of confidence when in possession of the ball… “We must find a way to better protect the ball and maintain possession in key areas of the field. What we are doing is just not acceptable and we have to find a way to control those areas of the field.”

Meanwhile, leaders of the pack, Mount Pleasant, will be seeking to maintain and extend their unbeaten run in the league when they tackle 8th placed Molynes United in one of two matches set to be contested on Sunday.

Mount Pleasant remains the only undefeated team left standing in the 12-team table and they will start as favorites in the contest.

The Mount Pleasant team includes a host of western stars including veteran striker Allan Ottey, hotshot striker Ricardo Morris, defender Jowell Powell and veteran captain and leader at the back, Ladale Richie.

The St. Ann-based team saw their perfect record halted last round after they were held to a draw, but remains undefeated in the league.

They are also the best defensive team in the league having conceded just two goals to date while they are the second most attacking team, having bagged 12 goals to date, just one behind close watchers Waterhouse.


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