PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Port Antonio High rebounded after last Wednesday's loss to Happy Grove to clip bottom of the table Buff Bay 1-0 in their ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel daCosta Cup football game at Carder Park on Saturday.
The lone goal was scored by Clayton Brown in the 29th minute.
The rain could not put a damper on affairs as both teams aggressively launched attacks on each other's goal, but unfortunately for Port Antonio they were forced to make an early substitution in the 15th minute when they lost Cordel Green in midfield after he sustained a knee injury resulting from a tackle with an opponent.
Undaunted, Port Antonio took the lead in the 29th minute when Anthony Wray played a long ball up field to Rushawn Taylor who passed to Brown just inside the penalty area, with the latter beating custodian Zandy Walker to his right.
Buff Bay tried to get back in the game through Tevin Small, Quancy Walters and Claudius Wray, but found St Aubyn Tracey, Anthony Wray and Daniel Roberts a rigid bunch.
On the resumption, Buff Bay came out attacking through Richard Kenton, Wayne Thompson, Quancy Walters, Small and David Walters, but they too found the opposing defensive unit a tough nut to crack.
Small should have pulled one back for Buff Bay as he had only custodian Keron Burke to beat, but his shot went over the cross bar. Shortly after, Port Antonio's Taylor and Clayton Brown should have sent their team further ahead, but an alert goalie Zandy Walker went low on both occasions to hold ball.
Port Antonio were reduced to 10 players with five minutes to go when Daniel Roberts was booked a second time by referee Dave Martin for time wasting.
In the other game, Happy Grove stung Fair Prospect 4-0 at Hector's River as they moved to 10 points, two behind leaders Port Antonio who are on 12.