RSPL: Arnett held again while Reno end Portmore's winning streak
Defending champions Arnett Gardens were held to their fourth straight draw, while Portmore United's six-game winning streak came to an end on Match Day 19 of the 2017-2018 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Thursday.
Second-place Arnett Gardens, which were searching for their first victory since December 14, had to settle for a point following a goalless draw against third-place Tivoli Gardens in a late game at the Anthony Spaulding Complex at 7:00 pm.
The champions had a chance to reduce Portmore United's lead atop the table after the leaders battled to an away goalless draw against seventh-place Reno at Frome in an early game. However, Arnett again failed to find the winning goal, dropping eight points in their last four games.
Meanwhile, Cavalier continued their recent good form by scoring a come-from- behind 2-1 victory against promoted team Sandals South Coast at the Stadium East field.
Despite the victory, Cavalier (30 points) remain in fourth place but they moved within three points of third-place Tivoli Gardens.
Lenardo Rankine handed Sandals South Coast a seventh minute lead, but Cavalier secured two goals in three minutes to add more pressure on the relegation threatened team.
Jamoi Topey (61st minute) and Nicholas Hamilton (64th minute) replied for Cavalier.
Only one other team secured victory on the day and that was Harbour View, which edged bottom-place Boys' Town 1-0 at the Harbour View Stadium to move six points clear of the relegation zone.
Evan Taylor scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute to guide Harbour View from 10th-place to ninth in the 12-team league. Harbour View are now on 21 points, with only Humble Lion (20 point), Sandals South Coast (15 points) and Boys' Town (11 points) behind them.
Portmore United are leading the table with 41 points, four ahead of Arnett Gardens on 37 points. Tivoli Gardens (33 points), Cavalier (30 points) and UWI FC (25 points) complete the top five going into Match Day 20 on Sunday.
Cavalier 2 Sandals South Coast 1
Reno 0 Portmore United 0
Humble Lion 0 Waterhouse 0
UWI FC 1 Montego Bay 1
Arnett Gardens 0 Tivoli Gardens 0
Harbour View 1 Boys' Town 0