WESTERN BUREAU:Jermaine Woozencroft scored one goal and assisted in the other as Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) outlasted FC Reno 2-0 in their western derby at Frome Sports Ground yesterday afternoon.The midfielder entered play in the 79th minute and immediately looked the part as his calm presence on the ball and his eye for spectacular passes meant that MBU, who, up to that point, were lucky to be in the game, began to stamp their class.Allan Ottey benefited from a Woozencroft corner kick in the 81st minute to score with an easy tap in.Woozencroft then scored his team’s second. The FC Reno defenders again were slow to shut the MoBay attackers down and Woozencroft capitalised with a simple pass into the goal, with Dennis Taylor, the Reno goalkeeper, wrong-footed.The champions took a step up the standings on nine points, while Reno remain on seven points, following their first loss of the season.Dino Williams’ spectacular overhead effort in the 75th minute was the closest the striker got, while at the other end, Afiba Chambers watched his close-range header as it skipped off the crossbar for Reno’s best effort.Montego Bay United gave a start to Serbian defender Zvezdan Dordilovic, and he had a fine outing in tandem with Ronaldo Rodney and central defender Ladale Richie.TEAM COHESIONDillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach, believes the team is beginning to gel at the right time.”The team is looking good right now. I think we are beginning to gel, and that’s bad news for the opposition and good news for us as we go about defending our title,” said Thelwell.”Woozencroft was not looking too good in training, so we decided not to start him today (yesterday). I think that was a wake-up call for him and he came out here when he got his chance and put on a show as usual,” noted Thelwell.Reno’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, said his team’s failure to get a point from the fixture was as a result of two lapses.”We will rebound, though. We never had much luck either way today, but we are looking for three points against Portmore in our next match,” said Downswell.
Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings 4 How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT 2.Team newsEgypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will make history as the oldest World Cup participant if he plays.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia are without the injured Taiseer Al Jassam, Omar Hawsawi and Mansour Al-Harbi. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah look frustrated against Russia. Taiseer Al Jassam goes off injured against Uruguay. Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary could break a record on Monday afternoon. Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Good times Predicted teamsSaudi Arabia: Yasser Al-Mosailem; Ali Al-Bulaihi, Osama Howsawi, Mohammed Al-Breik, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf, Housain Al-Mogahwi, Salem Al-Dawsari, Hattan Bahebri; Muhannad Asiri.Egypt: Essam El-Hadary; Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Abdel Shafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah Said; Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen. You can hear the encounter live on talkSPORT 2 at 3pm.What the managers are sayingJuan Antonio Pizzi (Saudi Arabia): “We’ve seen that certain concepts work, we’ve seen alternatives, we’ve tried to bring in new players as well, and this experience that we have had specifically in the run-up to this World Cup has been very important.“We will focus on the Asian Cup and I am absolutely convinced, 100 per cent sure, that we will continue to improve in the next six months and that we will be able to compete at the highest level and go there to win the cup.” Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch SUPERSTITION 4 You’re the one 4 Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup misery Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Shy guy Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Fallon d’Floor A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers LU BEAUTY Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi and Fahad Al-Muwallad. Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Latest World Cup news Hector Cuper (Egypt): “This is an important match because we want to win and finish with a good result.“We have prepared for it well and we want to represent the Egyptian people and make them happy with a victory.”What the players are sayingFahad Al-Muwallad (Saudi Arabia): “Everyone has done their best.“The managers of the team gave us a great deal of support, Saudi Arabia supported us. Perhaps we wasted a few opportunities, but we have a chance to make up for what happened since the beginning. We have a bright future ahead of us as players. We want to win the three points and we want to make the Saudi fans happy and hope that we will be able to do so.”Essam El-Hadary (Egypt): “I will be very happy if I participate and set the record.“But it is not certain.” diamond geezer Saudi Arabia and Egypt are both looking to end their World Cup 2018 with victories as they bow out in Group A.The two nations have been eliminated but will want a triumph to at least put a gloss on their time at tournament. Pure class NO JOY