Buff Bay survive onslaught to win Portland round final
PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Delon White's 24th minute goal was enough for Buff Bay United to get by Manchioneal Community Club 1-0 in the end of the first round final of the Portland FA Western Union Major League final at Boundbrook Pavilion on Sunday.
Buff Bay were quick on the offensive through Khandeen Smith, Richard Scott and White, but Manchioneal countered through Keslon Hall, Ryan Rodney and Randee Smith.
Manchioneal, in search of the equaliser, crafted a dominant second-half display, but Buff Bay goalie Delroy Rickets was at his imperious best to deny the invaders.
Buff Bay went down to 10 players when they lost Duran Talbert to a second caution for dangerous tackle in the 76th minute.
Scenting blood by their one-man advantage, Manchioneal continued their frenetic raids on the Buff Bay goal, but the victors defence held firm.
And in the 91st minute, fate evened the numbers as Manchioneal were reduced to 10 players when substitute Christopher Kerr got his second caution for dangerous play by referee Weston Costley.By then, time favoured Buff Bay.
Peter Jackson, manager of Buff Bay, congratulated his young players for a gutsy showing.
Marketing officer of sponsors GraceKennedy Money Services, Prince Royal, was pleased with the day's events.
"It was a very good game and the community came out and it was good to see," he said.
Buff Bay earned $30,000 and the end of round trophy, while Manchioneal collected $20,000 for their effort.