Sports

Sandals South Coast, Cavalier end 1-1

...Priory SA clip Rivoli United 1-0

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 19, 2017



There were no changes to the leaderboard in the Magnum/Charley's JB JFF Premier League Playoff as leaders Cavalier SC and Sandals South Coast battled to a 1-1 stalemate in their top-of-the-table clash at Crocs Lawn in Westmoreland yesterday.

Former St George's College standout Alex Marshall sent Cavalier in front in the 54th minute, but Shemar Wright salvaged a point for Sandals South Coast with a 66th-minute strike.

With the point, both teams moved up to five points, but the KSAFA champions remain atop by virtue of a better goal difference.

Meanwhile, Priory SA from St Ann edged former Premier League outfit Rivoli United 1-0 in the other contest at Drax Hall. Priory have now slipped into third position on four points, which sets up and intriguing return round to come, starting on Wednesday.

Rivoli United are left at the bottom with one point.

There was very little to entertain the fairly good turnout at Crocs Lawn by both teams in a goalless first half, after the contest got under way after a 20-minute delay due to the late arrival of the required security detail.

However, the hosts had earlier showed more venom and enterprise with a few colourful plays in patches in their probe to break the deadlock, but failed to pierce the armour of a stubborn Cavalier defensive unit.

Cavalier came out stronger on the resumption and applied consistent pressure, which inevitably brought about the opening goal nine minutes in. Marshall got in behind defenders and turned his marker before firing a left-footed shot past custudoian Obrian Vennor at his near post.

The momentum stuck with the youthful Cavalier unit past the hour mark, but their focus may have swayed following a brief squabble between a few players and an unruly spectator.

Sandals South Coast capitalised shortly after when Wright sprinted to a loose ball and unleashed a hard and low right-footed shot from distance, which eluded young Jeadine White in goal for Cavalier.

The introduction of national Under-17 representative Kaheem Paris in the 75th minute injected some tempo in the attacking third for Cavalier as the vistors went for the kill.

The deceptive left-footer displayed nippy footwork in getting by the Sandals defenders on a number of occasions, but he was unable to create any meaningful opportunity in the bid to find the elusive winner.

Despite the point, Rudolph Speid, head coach of Cavalier, was slightly dissatisfied.

“I think the coach employed a good tactic in the first half and they were able to pin us back, [but] in the second half we adjusted our system to compensate for what they were doing and we were able to get the goal and should have had at least two more.

His counterpart Aaron Lawrence was more welcoming to the point, especially coming from behind.

“I think it was a good performance in patches... we came here to win, but we didn't lose either, so we are still in it. So we just have to do what we have to do when the next game comes,” he noted.

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