Owayne Gordan netted a hat trick and Scholars suffered an own-goal as the Cayman Islands side fell 4-0 to Montego Bay 9 March in its Caribbean Football Union Club Championship opener.
“It’s a more organised team that we played against,” Scholars Coach Collin Rowe said. “(They’re) a team that’s been together. My team, we have a team where we have five, six new players. We’re not familiar with the soft pitch. Most of our games are played on AstroTurf. It’s a heavier feel and it’s pretty much slower. We play on a faster pitch. Also I think this MoBay team is a more organised team in terms of fitness, a professional mentality than our team.”
Playing in the Group 3 opener at Montego Bay Sports Complex in front of 5,000 people, Scholars simply couldn’t keep up.
Gordan’s first goal came in the 25th minute after Scholars was whistled for a handball in the box and he coolly sent the ensuing penalty to the back of the net.
It became 2-0 just before the half when Courtney Duval clipped a pass across the face of the goal box to the net for an own goal.
Gordan then added two more in the second half.
Montego Bay United Coach Paul Davis said the damage should have been worse.
“I think we got complacent,” he said. “I’m a bit disappointed in that sense. It’s about — when you find soft teams, you must capitalise on the goal scoring. But never-the-less I’m happy for the win.
Things don’t get easier from here for Scholars as it plays defending tournament champion Central FC, from Trinidad and Tobago, on 11 March. The local side must win that one in order to keep alive its chances of advancing in the tournament.