Clarendon's Sporting, Lion on fire in Premier League
Sporting............................3 Williams (54th), Swaby (70th), Kelly (77th) Savannah............................0
TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Sporting Central Academy produced a breathtaking display of attacking football to thrash Savannah SC 3-0 yesterday at Brancourt and assume top spot in the Red Stripe Premiership.
Visting goalie Gavine Barrett produced a masterful first half performance to keep the scores level at the break — denying Camaal Reid and Keith Kelly with top class saves.
The former Reno 'keeper was, however, helpless as Sporting, spurred by an early double substitution, powered away to victory with brilliant solo efforts from super-sub Levaughn Williams, Francois Swaby and Kelly.
The victory was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests, with Sporting dominating the contest from start to finish.
In fact, the result could have been an embarassing one for the Westmoreland newcomers had the woodwork not denied Sporting on three occasions.
The triumph, their third on the bounce, continued a flying start to the campaign for Nigel Stewart's side as they extended their unbeaten home record to four games, but more importantly improved their points total to 16.
The feat, which also included three clean sheets in the last four games, means the Clarendon side are now sole leaders of the 12-team league — a first in their six years in the island's top-flight.
"This was the performance that we have been waiting for all season", said Stewart in his post-game interview. "The longterm aim is to win the title but first we want to reach the End-of-Round final and this win puts us in a good position."
For Savannah, the defeat continued a steady dip in form as they have now failed to register a win in their last four games after starting the season with three straight wins.
They remained on 10 points, but could slip out of the top-six depending on results elsewhere. Coach Audley Thomas, however, remains optimistic about the rest of the season.
"I wouldn't say this is a trend... it's a part of the game but we'll bounce back," he said.
In another early match, Clarendon's other side Humble Lion were also 3-0 winners, blowing away winless Highgate at Drax Hall.
The goal-scorers were Jermaine Christian( 47th minute), Omando McLoud (79th) and substitute Denzil Watson (92nd).