Speid rues missed chances as Cavalier clip Treasure Beach 1-0
Last year’s beaten finalists Cavalier SC secured their fourth win this season by narrowly defeating promoted Treasure Beach 1-0 at Sabina Park in their Jamaica Premier League encounter on Wednesday.
Jalmarco Calvin netted the sole goal for Cavalier in the 20th minute, clinching victory in their ninth game of the campaign. Treasure Beach finished the match with 10 men after substitute Romario Smith received a straight red card in the 80th minute for a dangerous tackle on Cavalier’s Shamar Watson.
Rudolph Speid, sporting director at Cavalier, expressed his satisfaction with the win but noted that his team should have capitalised on more goal-scoring opportunities.
“We are pleased with the three points, but we missed too many chances to score, so we really need to address that aspect,” said Speid.
Most guilty of missing a fair share of the goal-scoring chances was Cavalier striker Shaniel Thomas.
The defeat marked Treasure Beach’s seventh in the competition from 10 games and Fitz Ambersley, the assistant coach of St Elizabeth club, expressed disappointment with his team’s performance.
“The game was intense throughout, but lapses in concentration led to conceding that goal,” said Ambersley.
Calvin, who showcased swift dribbling skills and clever off-the-ball movements, exploited the Treasure Beach defence to score the decisive goal by eluding two defenders and firing past goalkeeper Mowey Morgan, who was beaten at his near post.
Although Cavalier dominated the remainder of the first half, faulty shooting from their attacking players prevented them from extending their lead. In the second half, Treasure Beach, largely on the defensive, struggled to create meaningful scoring opportunities and was outmuscled by Cavalier in every department.