Mt Pleasant extend lead in JPL after edging Humble Lion 1-0
Javier Brown of Vere United (left) tries to keep the ball away from Faulkland FC's Ricardo James in their JPL first round game played at Wespow Park on Sunday. Vere United won the game 1-0 their first win in the JPL. (Photo: Paul Reid)

ST ANN, Jamaica- Mt Pleasant extended their lead atop the points table in the Jamaica Premier League after edging Humble Lion 1-0 on Sunday in their first round game played at Drax Hall thanks to a late goal from Trivante Stewart.

Mt Pleasant played most of the second half with 10 players after national representative Jamoi Topey was sent off in the 54th minute.

Talisman Stewart improved his league-leading goal tally to 10 when he scored two minutes into time added on, in the second half.

The win took Mt Pleasant to 27 points from 12 games, five points ahead of second placed Cavalier FC who play on Monday while Humble Lion stayed in third place.

Despite being held 0-0 by Chapleton Maroons, Dunbeholden are in fifth place on 19 points, same as defending champions Harbour View who have played a game less.

Waterhouse came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw against Portmore United who led from the 69th minute with a goal from Jevick McFarlane. Shaquiel Bradford equalised for Waterhouse in the 88th minute.

Vere United earned their first win of the season, edging winless Faulkland 1-0 at Wespow Park as Lamard Neil scored the winner in time added on in the second half.

Faulkland FC who were coming off a credible 0-0 draw away to Arnett Gardens wasted a handful of good scoring chances.

It was a bad day for football fans in western Jamaica as Montego Bay United were beaten 3-0 by Tivoli Gardens who got two early goals from Rodico Wellington in the 12th and 15th minutes, while Barrington Pryce added one from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.

Paul Reid

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