Saturday 25 January, 2020

Dunbeholden ease RSPL relegation worries

Dunbeholden strengthened their chance of surviving their first season in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after securing a 3-0 victory over Reno at Royal Lakes Field on Sunday.

Reno blighted their chance of surviving the two-team drop by allowing Dean-Andre Thomas to score a double in the fourth and 50th minutes, with Demario Phillips getting the third in the 58th minute.

The victory carried Dunbeholden to 32 points and into ninth position, then ahead of Humble Lion, who were scheduled to meet Harbour View in one of two late matches on Sunday.

Reno on the other hand, remained on 23 points, with Montego Bay United occupying the other relegation spot, as they failed to progress their points tally, going down 2-1 to Arnett Gardens at Wespow Park.

Zhelano Barnes and Jamiel Hardware scored Arnett's goals in the 17th and 81st minutes, respectively, with Dino Williams finding the back of the net for Montego Bay in the 64th.

The win pushed Arnett Gardens to 44 points, and allowed them to move ahead of UWI, who are on 42, and will play in Monday evening's televised march against Waterhouse at Drewsland.

In the day's other match on Sunday, Mount Pleasant Football Academy and Cavalier remained third and fourth on 51 and 50 points, respectively, after they battled to a 0-0 draw at Drax Hall.

At Royal Lakes Field, Reno's goalkeeper, Dennis Taylor gave up a soft early goal after dropping a high ball played into the area, which fell kindly for Thomas to slot into an unprotected goal.

The goal spurred on Dunbeholden, and they took the fight to Reno for the next 15 minutes, as they ran at their opponents while holding territorial advantage for most of the rest of the first half.

Reno gave up a second goal early in the second stanza, which came from the penalty spot after Tashaine Campbell fouled Thomas inside the area. The latter got up to score the penalty.

Dunbeholden's third was from a quick counter-attack. Dasha Satchwell picked up the ball in the middle of Dunbeholden's half, before spreading it right to Phillips, who sped to the edge of the penalty area, from where he fired across the goal, beating Taylor's outstretched palm into the far netting.

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