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10-man Portmore clip promoted Cavalier

Portmore United 1 J Lynch (45th) Cavalier SC 0

Senior staff reporter

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Despite playing with 10 men for nearly an hour, Portmore United showed true championship mettle to edge promoted Cavalier Soccer Club 1-0 at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday.

Jermie Lynch converted a 45th-minute penalty for Portmore United after a Cavalier player was called for handling the ball inside his 18-yard box, after his teammate Osani Ricketts was red-carded in the 38th minute. Ricketts was deemed to be the last defender when he denied Cavalier's Alex Marshall — who was through on goal — a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Portmore, premier league finalists in the past two seasons, showed their resilience and proved that they will be a tough nut to crack once again.

After Lynch gave them the lead, they held Cavalier at bay fairly comfortably despite playing a man short, and in the end were deserved winners.

Portmore, under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Shavar Thomas, who is a former Reggae Boyz defender and captain, never got flustered and held their shape admirably.

“It was a spirited performance because we went down one man late in the first half, so we had to dig in and show some character and we did just that. On a better day when we have eleven versus eleven, I think we would have scored some more goals,” Thomas said.

Cavalier's Coach Rudolph Speid believes inexperience got the better of his team.

“The goal that we conceded was just weird how the hand went so high and we conceded a penalty. And then we really got about two good looks at goal and didn't make use of them. But that is what happens at this level,” Speid pointed out.

“I thought we gave as much as we got. I thought we played exceptionally well. We kept possession of the ball better than the other team. It was just a matter of turning that possession into goals. This team might be young but they don't lack confidence,” said Speid.