Thursday 12 December, 2019

Montego Bay United win but still face relegation

Former champions Montego Bay United secured a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Cavalier on Sunday to lift themselves from the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) points standing, but are still stuck in the relegation zone.

Nazime Matalie-Grant, two minutes into first-half added time, and veteran striker Dino Williams in the 63rd minute, provided the winners for Montego Bay after they had fallen behind through a third-minute goal from Kaheem Parris.

The victory moved Montego Bay from the league's cellar position, as they are now ahead of Reno. Montego Bay are on 24 points, one more than Reno, who will engage Waterhouse in the 28th-round match for both teams in the televised encounter on Monday night at Drewsland.

With the defeat, Cavalier lost momentum in their recent bid to maintain pressure on leaders Portmore United, who defeated Arnett Gardens 3-0 at Spanish Town Prison Oval to move to 56 points, eight more than second-place Waterhouse, with Cavalier also on 48 points, but in third spot by virtue of goal difference.

Portmore's victory was achieved through goals from Emelio Rousseau in the 54th minute, Andrew Lewis the 86th, and Cleon Pryce in the 90th, and it kept Arnett on 41 points and fifth in the standing.

Arnett's loss enabled Mount Pleasant Football Academy to increase the gap between them. Mount Pleasant defeated Harbour View 2-1 to move to 47 points, and strengthened their fourth position, with Kemar Beckford scoring both goals in the seventh and 25th minutes, as Jorginho James got Harbour View's goal in the 15th minute.

In the day's other early match, Dunbeholden United continued their fight to stay in the league, with a 2-1 victory over Humble Lion. Richard Orrett scored both goals for Dunbeholden in the 37th and 63rd minutes, with Gregory Morgan scoring Humble Lion's goal in the 54th.

Dunbeholden are on 28 points and jumped Harbour View in the standing, and are now in ninth place. Harbour View are on 27 points.

The first half at Westpow Park was a dour affair, although two goals were scored during the period. The first came from a good build-up by Cavalier that eventually, with a long ball, sent Parris clear on Montego Bay's goalkeeper, Jacomeno Barrett, whom he beat.

Grant benefitted from a beautiful cross by Johann Weatherley that was further aided by a dummy from Williams, to lodge the ball in the back of the net and equalise for Montego Bay.

The second half provided more action, but Williams provided a sensational moment when he scored with an overhead kick after he had fired a fairly tame penalty to Cavalier goalkeeper Mark Bryan, who blocked the effort, but his defenders failed to clear twice and allowed Williams' heroics for Montego Bay.

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