P'More sweep age-group titles
PORTMORE United FC created history by copping all three titles on offer in the recently-completed 2012 Portmore Football League Youth competitions.
Portmore captured the Leander Marshall Under-13 competition, the Collin Fagan Under-15 crown and the Pines Imaging Centre sponsored Under-17 Championship.
The club's climb up the ladder started with victory in the Under-13 competition when they blanked Wanderers, 2-0. Next, they won the Under-15 and Under-17 competitions by defeating Cumberland FC and Wanderers FC, 3-1 and 2-1, respectively.
According to head coach of Portmore United, Jeffrey Hew, the club believes in the youth and has a professionally administered development programme designed to bring success and will be getting even better every season.
"We believe in the youths and we have a well-organised development programme which can only bring positive results and nothing else," Hew said.
"In the Under-17 game, unfortunately we were down to 10 men without a goal, but that did not discourage the efforts of the boys who listened to the coaches and played as a team.
"With that attitude, they were able to apply pressure in their opponents' half and convert that attitude into a goal to draw level in the dying moments of full time.
"Our opponents played well and that was cause for concern; however, with continuous efforts, the Portmore United players were able to score a goal in extra time and keep their opponents at bay until the sound of the final whistle.
"We will continue to rebuild by recruiting new players in our preparation to defend all three titles come next season," Hew said.
Scoring for the Portmore Under-15 team were Jevaugn Ennis in the 7th minute and Ricardo Dennis in the 34th and 58th, while Shemar scored the consolation for Cumberland FC in the 64th.
In the Under-17 category, Portmore came from behind to score in the 82nd and 102nd from the boots of Oshane Nembhard and Xahne Reid, in that order.
Wanderers took the lead in the 42nd when Ramesh McKnight netted for his team.
Portmore Football League president Leander Marshall said he was pleased with the performance of the finalists and encouraged all the participating teams from the Portmore community to continue to prepare the youth to participate in these competitions and encouraged them to be disciplined in whatever they do.
He reiterated that the Under-17 competition is mandatory for all clubs affiliated to the St Catherine Football Association in order for their senior teams to compete in the Premier League, Super League, Major League, Division One and Two competitions.
Portmore United's Under-17 team which captured the Pines Imaging Centre title recently.