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Portmore, MBU end in stalemate

Portmore United 0 Montego Bay United 0

Monday, November 20, 2017



Last year's beaten finalists Portmore United and former champions Montego Bay United (MBU) were both left ruing missed chances as they battled to an entertaining goalless stalemate in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Prison Oval yesterday.

Despite the draw, Portmore remain in second position on 18 points — same as University of the West Indies FC (UWI) and Tivoli Gardens FC — but with a superior gaol difference.

Both UWI and Tivoli kept pace with the leaders following 2-0 and 4-2 victories over cellar dwellers Sandals South Coast FC and Boys' Town FC, respectively.

Head coach of Portmore United Shavar Thomas expressed slight disappointment with the point as they failed to overhaul reigning champions and leaders Arnett Gardens (19 points), who will be in action against fifth-placed Harbour View (13 points) this evening.

“We are most certainly disappointed because we wanted to end this round strong and keep close to Arnett Gardens, who play tomorrow (today) against Harbour View and though it should be a tough one for them, we wanted to take care of our business today (yesterday). The last two games we [missed] some chances and it is definitely something we have to go back to the drawing board and work on,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Dillon Thelwell, assistant coach of Montego Bay United, was content with the point.

“I think coming here to Spanish Town to play a good Portmore United team and getting a point is something to be happy about because we came here with a game plan tactically, and I think the team played well, they adjusted well and they earned a point so we give thanks for that,” he noted.

Both teams had their fair share of opportunities in end-to-end action in the first 45 minutes, but faulty shooting and poor decision-making denied them the go-ahead goal.

MBU thought they had found the breakthrough on the half-hour mark when Dino Williams, who was making a return, breached the defence and fired past custodian Shaven Sean-Paul, but was later ruled offside.

The tempo increased on the resumption with MBU pouncing first when Williams again was allowed time and space inside the 18-yard box, but he dragged his shot just wide of the upright.

That would be their only clear-cut chance of the game, as Portmore United went rampant following the introduction of their dynamic duo Maalique Foster and Javon East, who added impetus to their attacking thrust.

However, both were found guilty on a number of occasions. Foster in particular was wasteful in the final third in the 75th, 80th and 82nd minutes, as his lack of conviction to pull the trigger saw him being denied by goaltender David Swaby on all counts.

—Sherdon Cowan

Teams:

Portmore — Shaven Sean-Paul, Domono Solomon, Andre Dyce, Roberto Johnson, Henrico Ricketts, Ewan Grandison, Chevany Willis, Venton Evans, Jermie Lynch (Kemo Gayle 74th) , Ricardo Morris (Javon East 59th), Rondee Smith (Maalique Foster 59th)

Subs not used: Kemar Foster, Osani Ricketts, Oshane Smith, Saneekie Burton

Booked: Solomon (30th), Johnson (90+4)

Montego Bay — David Swaby, Dwayne Ambusely, Orlando McBayne(Winston Wilkinson 46th), Ladale Richie, Nicholas Stewart, Nicholas Amponsah, John Barrett, Keniel Kirlew(Donovan Carey 65th), Jefroy Leslie(Raeem Pringle 81st), Dino Williams, Lesly St Fleur

Subs not used: Anthony Drummond, Heitolah Gardner, Anthony Marks, Odane McNish

Booked: Amponsah (69th)

Referee: Karl Tyrell

Assistant referees: Keeble Williams, Rolanzo Bennett

Fourth official: Steffon Dewar

Match Commissary: Howard Bell

Yesterday's results

Portmore 0, Montego Bay 0

Reno 0, Cavalier SC 1

Boys' Town 2, Tivoli Gardens 4

Humble Lion 0, Waterhouse 0

UWI 2, Sandals South Coast 0

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