• Friday May 23, 2014

    Celebration continues for Montego Bay United

    Montego Bay United celebrates (above) after capturing the Jamaican Red Stripe Premier League title on May 19, 2014, with a 5-2 win over Waterhouse in Kingston.

    KINGSTON, Jamaica --- The partying went on late into Monday night and the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

    But it did not stop there.

    On Wednesday and Thursday, in the afterglow of a thirst-quenching Jamaican Red Stripe Premier League title win, fans of Montego Bay United, players and club officials were still moving to the beat of that joyous occasion.

    And who could blame them, especially since it had been 20 years since a team from the western end of the island hoisted the elusive trophy.

    Back in the 1996-1997 season, when it last brought the title home, the side from the tourist mecca was then known as Seba United.  Among its list of national players who formed part of that memorable unit was France 1998 World Cup hero, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore.

    After Monday night's 5-2 defeat of Waterhouse FC at Kingston's National Stadium, there was no happier soul than that of Montego Bay United president Orville Powell.

    "It's a good feeling, I'm happy,” he said.  “I can't find words to describe because it is a dream. We knew that with the hard work and the sort of discipline we are trying to instill, we knew the result would be this.”

    On reflecting on the emphatic win, where Jamaica striker Dino Williams claimed a sublime treble and set up the other goals, head coach Dr. Dean Weatherly would want everyone to believe that Waterhouse fell into a well-devised trap laid by a clever tactician.

    “The first half was one where we tried to see and then tried to make the adjustments,” Weatherly expressed.  “In the second half, we did that.

    “We knew we needed to mark (Romario) Campbell out of the game, because everything was coming through him. From closing him down it was all our game."

    Hat-trick hero, 24-year-old Williams, knew before the kick-off that he carried the hopes of a region hungry for a return to the glory days.

    "It's a good feeling, and I knew I was one of the guys who would have to go out there and work hard and turn up for the team in this crucial game," he enthused.

    From the start, Williams drew the attention of Waterhouse head coach, Anthony Patrick.

    "We asked the players not to give him any room around the back,” noted Patrick.  “The senior players never really followed the instructions (and) we let him in and he took the opportunities."

    Williams got his goals in the 26th, 58th and 78th minutes, and capped a splendid night's work by assisting teammate Omar Gordon in the 64th and 69th.

    Campbell (43’) and captain Damarley Samuels (81’) scored for Waterhouse, which saw its 20-match unbeaten streak come to an end.

    Montego Bay United walked away with the championship purse of 2.5 million Jamaica dollars (US$25,000).


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