Portmore snatch late win against Dunbeholden

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, November 19, 2018

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Champions Portmore United ensured their stay atop the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will be extended into the second round, as they secured a nail-biting 3-2 win over Dunbeholden FC in a drama-filled St Catherine derby at Royal Lakes Complex yesterday.

Chevany Willis grabbed a brace for Portmore United in the 63rd and 90th+3 minutes, with Roshana Sharpe (64th) getting the other.

Clayon Pusey (28th) and Nicky Christian (80th) got the goals for Dunbeholden FC.

The result meant that both teams remained as they were at either end of the table, with Portmore United up front on 21 points and Dunbeholden at the foot of the 12-team standing on seven points.

Meanwhile, Humble Lion extended their unbeaten run to five games after clipping FC Reno 1-0 in their contest at Effortville Community Centre. The win saw Humble Lion provisionally into sixth position on 16 points, with FC Reno remaining in ninth on 11 points.

Last year's beaten finalists Waterhouse slipped into seventh on 15 points following their 1-1 scoreline against 10th-placed Montego Bay United (11 points) at Wespow Park.

At Royal Lakes Complex it was expected to be a walk in the park for Portmore United, but it was Dunbeholden FC who were more purposeful from the blocks and caused some problems for their more- fancied rivals in the early exchanges.

They broke the deadlock two minutes before the half-hour mark when a tidy build-up, orchestrated by midfielder Kemar Shaw, released DeanAndre Thomas who played in a low cross for Pusey to fire past custodian Kemar Foster at his near post.

Portmore United came into their own and also had a few sniffs at goal, but good glovework from Eric Edwards in goal for Dunbeholden kept them at bay as the score remained 1-0 at the break.

Though Portmore United tilted the momentum on the resumption it was Dunbeholden who again got the ball in the net in the 56th, but this time it was disallowed as Pusey got in an unfair challenge on Foster.

Portmore United pulled level seven minutes later when Willis struck a well-taken free kick from 30 yards out with Edwards skipping to his left, having no chance at a save.

The champions then went 2-0 up a minute later when Wonder Smith recovered a loose ball and played off a pass for Sharpe to tap in from close range, after a dramatic defensive mix-up between Edwards and Demorley Oliver.

However, just when Portmore United thought they were home and dry, Dunbeholden hit back in the 82nd after Christian calmly converted from the penalty spot after substitute Venton Evans was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, mere seconds upon his entry to the contest.

The hosts had a grand opportunity to push ahead when a quickly taken free kick caught Portmore United napping, but Foster defied a sprained wrist to parry Thomas's effort in a one-on-one situation.

And there was to be more excitement in time added as Portmore United, with a quick break of their own, opened up their opponents through Smith, who assisted Willis to fire home from deep inside the area to complete his double and Portmore United's victory.

Teams: Dunbeholden FC — Eric Edwards, Andre Dyce, Kemo Gayle, Shaquelle Dyer, Nathaniel Leslie, Richard Orrette (Racheem Small 52nd), Nickoy Christian (Cornelious Henry 87th), Clayon Pusey (Gavin Roberts 77th), DeanAndre Thomas, Demorley Oliver, Kemar Shaw

Subs not used: Giovannie Smith, Dwayne Smith, Orlando Ricketts, Jevon Angel

Booked: Dyce (37th), Gayle (61st), Leslie (70th)

Portmore United — Kemar Foster, Ryan Wellington, Rosario Harriott, Roberto Johnson, Damano Solomon, Chevany Willis, Damian Williams, Courtney Allen (Javon East 46th), Roshane Sharpe (Nacquain Brown 90th), Cleon Pryce (Venton Evans 79th), Rondee Smith

Subs not used: Benjamin Williams, Osani Ricketts, Saneekie Burton, Romaine Brackenridge

Booked: Johnson (33rd)

Referee: Cardella Samuels

Assistant referees: Richard Washington, Joshua Jackson

Fourth official: Andrew Hayden

Match commissary: Lincoln Small

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