Portmore United's miserable start to the season continued as they went down 0-1 to hosts August Town in the Red Stripe Premier League match at the UWI Bowl yesterday.
Kurt Richards got the goal in the 58th minute, but August Town's star player was goalkeeper Kevin Graham, who made a series of sharp saves.
With the win, the newly promoted August Town outfit moved to five points from three matches, while former champions Portmore suffered their third straight loss and are without a point.
In other games, Waterhouse edged Humble Lion 1-0 courtesy of a Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson strike, Rivoli United did a similar job on Sporting Central Academy, thanks to Devon Hodges's strike, Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens ended 2-2 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, and in the late kick off at the Harbour View mini
stadium, Montego Bay United kept the defending champions winless courtesy of an Allan Ottey strike.
A frustrated-looking Portmore United coach Linval Dixon said there is "concern" his team has been failing to "put away chances", but he insisted there is no crisis.
Marlon Small, the August Town manager, expressed elation and shared that it was a "tremendous feeling" to see all the hard work in practice resulting in their first victory of the season.
In a tightly-contested first half, Portmore had the
better looks on goal, but the athletic Graham was alert to the dangers.
Only 17 minutes into the action, Portmore United's Leaughn Williams was smartly denied by the advancing August Town custodian. The home team eventually threatened through Richard Orrett, but his shot from the edge of the area was charged down by the Portmore defence just before the half hour stage.
Two minutes later, Portmore's attacker Romeo Parkes saw his bullet-like shot parried by Graham and the teams entered the break locked 0-0.
A defensive error in the first minute of the second half left Portmore's Ricardo Morris to cross for Leaughn Williams, but his point-blank effort was spectacularly saved by Graham. Only four minutes later, Portmore custodian Carlloyd Walters had to react quickly to block a low shot from the hard-working Richards.
On 55 minutes, August Town's Graham was at it again, blocking Morris's close range shot with an outstretched leg when it seemed certain the attacker would score. That save in particular proved
infinitely priceless, as
Davion Alves played in Richards with a delightful through-pass two minutes shy of the hour mark.
The wide player took it in stride and banged past Walters, and despite intense pressure from the Portmore team, the lesser fancied August Town held on for the invaluable three points.