STALEMATE - Leaders Waterhouse, Portmore in lacklustre 1-1 draw

Monday, November 11, 2019

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Leaders Waterhouse came from behind to steal a 1-1 draw with champions Portmore United in a lukewarm encounter at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.

Colorado Murray (75th), with his fifth goal of the season, earned Waterhouse a share of the spoils after Shai Smith sent Portmore United in front in the 19th minute.

With the point, Waterhouse inched up to 24 points, four ahead of promoted outfit Molynes United (20 points), who were also involved in a 1-1 stalemate with 10th-placed Tivoli Gardens (nine points) at Edward Seaga Complex. Portmore United inched up to eigth position on 12 points.

Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant FA jumped to third in the standings on 19 points after they secured the only victory on the day, clipping Dunbeholden FC 1-0 at Royal Lakes. Dunbeholden slipped to ninth on 11 points.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Humble Lion (18 points) played out a 1-1 scoreline with The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC, who are in 11th position on eight points), while cellar dwellers Vere United (eight points) played out a goalless stalemate with sixth-place Cavalier (14 points).

At Prison Oval, the opening 45 minutes never reflected the magnitude of the encounter which was a repeat of last year's final, much to the disappointment of the large crowd inside the venue.

Apart from Smith's opening strike, the game left a lot to be desired, as neither team really asserted any authority, resulting in a lack of tempo and flair at that point.

Waterhouse's only shot on goal came when Stephen Williams broke down the right channel and had Andre fletcher and Murray waiting inside the area, but he decided to go for broke and the right-footed effort ended up in the side netting.

However, things gradually picked up on the resumption with Waterhouse applying pressure in their probe for the equaliser. They went close 13 minutes in when Damion Binns skipped a defender and got a shot off which took a deflection before being parried by Kemar Foster in goal for Portmore United.

Portmore United responded with a few breaks of their own, but all amounted to nothing as they lacked composure and enterprise in the final third.

That allowed Waterhouse to eventually pull level courtesy of a well-taken goal by Murray, who fired past Foster after being sent on the break by a through pass from Tramaine Stewart.



Portmore United — Kemar Foster, Ryan Wellington, Shai Smith (Lamar Walker 63rd), Andre Lewis(Cleon Pryce 85th), Emelio Rousseau, Cory Burke, Rondee Smith(Courtney Allen 80th), Roberto Johnson, Osani Ricketts, Damion Williams, Tevin Shaw.

Subs not used: Shaven Sean Paul, Romaine Brackenridge, Jehvonte Hoque, Seigle Knight

Booked: S Smith (25th), Wellington (39th), Foster (64th)

Waterhouse — Joel Johnson, Nicholy Finlayson, Shawn Lawes, Denilson Simpson, Kenroy Howell(Keithy Simpson 83rd), Tramaine Stewart, Stephen Williams(Andre Moulton 74th), Andre Fletcher(Rafiek Thomas 89th), Colorado Murray, Damion Binns, Kymani Campbell .

Subs not used: Diego Haughton, Ricardo Thomas, Keithy Simpson, Valdano Moulton, Jermaine Morgan

Booked: Fletcher (1st), Murray (56th), Binns (63rd)

Referee: Kevin Morrison

Assistant Referees: Richard Washington, Joshua Jackson

Fourth Official: Doyen Tummins

Match Commissary: James Pearson

— Sherdon Cowan

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