Reno hold Mount Pleasant to listless 0-0 draw

By Paul A Reid
Observer writer

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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FROME, Westmoreland — FC Reno and Mt Pleasant Football Academy played out a listless 0-0 draw on a hard and bumpy surface at Frome Sports Grounds in their Red Stripe Premier League second-round game on Thursday.

Both teams squandered the few chances they created, with the visitors being guilty on far more occasions, including in time added in the second half when an unmarked wing back Suelae McCalla missed from point-blank range when he scooped a ball over the crossbar from inside the FC Reno six-yard area.

Mt Pleasant FA, who started the second round in second place, are in fifth place on 26 points, while FC Reno are in 10th position on 14 points, just one point above the relegation zone.

Both coaches, FC Reno's Godfrey Drummond and Mt Pleasant FA's Donovan Duckie blamed the poor state of the field in parts for the teams' poor showing, but agreed they should have done better.

Drummond told the Jamaica Observer they decided midway to settle for a point after they had doused the Mt Pleasant offence.

“I would not say taking a point from a home game is good enough,” Drummond said, “but it's a game that we had to get something from and midway the second half we had to shift our focus having not conceded; we thought it was best to settle for the point.”

He admitted the quality of the game was not that high. “The game was scrappy, but it had its ebbs and flows. I thought we conceded possession, but we stayed behind the ball and kept our discipline and focus and did not give up anything.”

The FC Reno coach said “The pitch contributed to the poor game, but we should have done better. We got a few look-ins at goal but did not capitalise.”

Duckie thought his team did well but failed to take their chances. “It was a good performance and after travelling six hours, these are some of the games that are hard to predict, and we started a bit jaded but upped the tempo and I thought we were very good, especially in the first half. We were good in transition both ways; we created a lot of possibilities in the final third but we were not clinical. We should have gotten at least one or two goals. It did not happen but what is important is that for four games we are still unbeaten. This is something we have to build on, not losing.”

Duckie said they had “a lot to improve on. I am very displeased with the surface. It did not help either team, it did injustice to both teams, but Reno kept us in the game. They were good in transition and they defended in a very organised way and that is what they are known for,” he said. “They were dangerous on the set plays, but I thought with a field that is conducive to a better style of play the game would have been different.”

Teams: FC Reno — Lynval Wilson, Kirk-Patrick Lawrence, Javier Brown, Rondell Morris, Jashane Foster, Romero Graham, Fancy-Hue Stewart (Shamar Scott 90th), Shamar Bernard, Omar Johnson, Renorio Downswell (Romone Plummer 78th), Dennis Taylor

Subs not used: Delon Brown, Ronaldo Bailey, Jarvis Mattis, Dwayne Foster

Booked: Morris (44th), Johnson (90th)

Mt Pleasant FA — Joseph Vargas, Liston James, Ricardo Campbell, Suelae McCalla, Kareem Manning, Evan Taylor, Ronaldo Rodney, Daniel Green (Matthew Henriques 83rd), Kemar Beckord (Kevaughn Isaacs 67th), Cardel Benbow, Kesslan Hall (Devon Hodges 67th)

Subs not used: Kadeem Davis, Kevin Graham, Severo Murphy, Ricardo Dennis

Booked: None

Referee: Deron Davey

Assistant Referees: Malvin Reid, Ojay Duhaney

Fourth Official: Andre Farquharson

Match Commissary: Devon Maxwell

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