Sporting blank 10-man Highgate
TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Sporting Central Academy overcame 10-man Highgate United, 2-0, yesterday at Brancourt to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Red Stripe Premier League season.
Levaughn Williams netted the opening goal in stylish fashion on the hour, outfoxing his marker before slotting home at the far post.
The otherwise non-existent Francois Swaby then made the points safe at the death with an even more elegant finish.
Unfortunately, the otherwise enjoyable game will be remembered for a brawl between Highgate goalkeeper Maurice Evans and a section of the crowd, which resulted in the former national custodian being shown a red card for tossing a bottle, originally aimed at him, into the crowd.
The incident, which occurred on the stroke of half-time, understandably infuriated the visiting Highgate contingent, who at one point threatened to abort the game.
A likely fine could be levied against Sporting for failing to control the crowd, but for now that will be the least of their worries as they bask in the glory of their best ever start to a premiership campaign.
They joined promoted Savannah FC, who clipped Harbour View, 1-0, in Westmoreland, as the only two teams, at press time, to have earned maximum points from their two opening games.
While Highgate, who remained on one point, will feel Evans' red card disrupted their momentum, Sporting were totally deserving of the win.
Nigel Stewart's Clarendon outfit were more enterprising throughout the contest, with former Reggae Boy Keith Kelly again being their best player.
The former Paris Saint-Germain prodigy was a constant thorn in Highgate's back; his incisive through balls proving too good for the visiting defenders to cope with.
Despite his Man-of-the-Match display, Kelly played no part in either of his team's goals — that honour was reserved for the almost equally exciting Williams, who was scoring his second goal of the season, and Swaby, whose brilliant solo effort in time added was his only meaningful contribution to the game.