Sandals, Cavalier in 1-1 deadlock

Sandals South Coast FC 1 C Marsh (14th) Cavalier SC 1 T Lewis (45th)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



FROME, Westmoreland — Neither Sandals South Coast's Head Coach Aaron Lawrence nor his opposite number Rudolph Speid of Cavalier SC was happy with sharing the points in the battle of the promoted teams that ended 1-1 at Frome Sports Club.

Chevone Marsh gave Cavalier SC the lead from the penalty spot in the 14th minute in Sunday's Red Stripe Premier League encounter. Timar Lewis equalised for the hosts in the 45th minute.

The point earned saw both teams extend their unbeaten run to two games as Cavalier SC improved to ninth place with four points. Sandals SC moved out of the relegation zone, at least for 24 hours, with two points.

Despite soggy underfoot conditions compounded by a heavy but short shower just at the start, the game developed into a good contest with the ball swinging from one end to the other.

Both teams created good scoring chances and either could have won the game, even in the last three minutes.

Lawrence said he felt it was more “two points lost at home, not one earned”, during his post-game interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“This was the best game we have played so far,” Lawrence said regarding his team's premier league career that is only four games long.

“We created more chances than the previous games and I think we played well. We kept the ball and created chances; we are building and we will get there,” Lawrence said.

Speid rued the chances his team missed and said “carelessness” caused them to concede.

“I am not satisfied with a point. We did not start with our 'A' team and had to shuffle the pack a bit, and the first half was better. The players got tired as the game went on as the underfoot condition was heavy and we fell away in the second half,” he told the Observer.

Cavalier — who are coming off their first win of the season — over former champions Montego Bay United — got off to a fast start when an inadvertent handled ball in the area saw Referee Daneon Parchment award a penalty. Marsh easily converted the kick.

Sandals South Coast went in search of the equaliser and Miliki Reid should have done better in the 22nd minute when he got the better of two Cavalier players on the right flank, but with goalkeeper Peter Harrison to beat, blasted the shot well wide of the target.

Sandals South Coast's goalkeeper Obrien Vennor was called on twice late in the half, but he stood up to the task.

Sandals South Coast got the leveller on the stroke of half-time when, despite being on the ground inside the Cavalier 18-yard box, Lewis reacted quicker to a ball that was played in from the right side and poked it past Harrison.

The tempo of the game picked up in the second half and despite being forced to substitute their best attacker Leonard Rankine due to an injury, Sandals South Coast looked enterprising with some slick ball movements.

—Paul Reid

Teams:

Sandals South Coast — Obrian Vennor, Corey Rodriquez, Delray Davis, Lamar Aiken, Michael Hurst, Lenard Rankine (Dane Spence 46th), Orane Warren, Odorland Harding, Maliki Reid (Jamoy Sibbles 46th), Timar Lewis, Kamar Dawkins (Dervin Campbell 67th)

Subs not used: Obrian Bent, Malik Quarrie, Junior Neil, Junior Stewart

Booked: Davis (81st)

Cavalier — Peter Harrison, Kemar Shaw, Rushawn Plummer, Michael Spence (Alex Marshall 54th), Omar Walcott, Lastson Reid, Nicholas Hamilton, Chevone Marsh, Dejanni Isaacs, Vasbert Harry (Oshane Roberts 63rd), Nickoy Christian (Orlando Brown 73rd)

Subs not used: David Mitchell, George Pinnock, Marlon Laing, Deron Duncan

Booked: None

Referee: Daneon Parchment

Assistants: Nicholas Anderson, Jeron Porteous

Fourth Official: Veralton Nembhard

Match commissary: Patrick Malcolm

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