Tuesday 25 February, 2020

RSPL ROUND UP: Arnett stumble against Sandals; Portmore regain lead

Last year's beaten finalists Portmore United piled more misery on Boys' Town by handing the bottom-place team a crushing 4-0 defeat, on Match Day 16 of the 2017-2018 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), at the Barbican Stadium on Sunday.

Venton Evans (40th minute), Javan East (69th minute), Maalique Foster (80th minute) and Dondee Smith (82nd minute) scored the goals for Portmore United.

It was the third straight victory for Portmore United in seven days and the big win enables them to replace reigning champions Arnett Gardens atop the points' standing, while the winless streak of Boys' Town stretches to 14 games.

Arnett Gardens, which entered the day with a two-point lead, surprisingly stumbled against promoted Sandals South Coast - the other team in the relegation zone - in a 1-1 away draw at Frome Sports Complex in Westmoreland,

Damari Deacon handed Arnett Gardens a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute, but Dwayne Blake hit back for the struggling Sandals South Coast in the 56th minute.

The point gained from the match pushes Sandals' tally for the season to just 11 from 16 matches, while Arnett Gardens moved to 34 points, the same as Portmore United, which are leading the standings courtesy of a better goal difference.

Sandals remain second-from-the-bottom of the standings, four points ahead of bottom place Boys' Town and the two teams will stay in the relegation zone heading into the Christmas holiday break.

Meanwhile, Tivoli Gardens remain in third place after a 3-2 come-from-behind home victory against fourth-place University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at the Edward Seaga Complex.

Late substitute Donovan Dawkins handed Tivoli Gardens the victory, scoring the all-important goal seven minutes from the end with the scores locked at 2-2.

Dawyne Smith handed UWI FC the lead in the 15th minute, but Colorado Murray equalised for Tivoli Gardens on the stroke of half-time.

Tivoli went 2-1 ahead in the 58th minute through Tevin Shaw and Andre Bernal put UWI FC on level terms in the 71st minute and with time ticking away Dawkins found the winner.

With the victory, Tivoli moved to 29 points, five behind the leading pair of Portmore United and Arnett Gardens. UWI FC remain on 24 points, but could lose that position to fifth-place Reno, which play struggling Waterhouse in the Monday night fixture at Drewsland Stadium, the final game of Match Day 16.

In the late game on Sunday, Montego Bay United bounced back from their 3-0 defeat against Arnett Gardens on Thursday to beat Harbour View 3-2 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Montego Bay United had to come from two goals down for the victory after Daniel Green (25th minute) and Peter-Lee Vassell (28th minute) handed Harbour View a decent start.

Dino Williams (41st minute), Nicholas Amponsah (50th minute) and Ladale Richie (72nd minute penalty) scored for Montego Bay United.

Both teams remain in the bottom half of the standings, but Montego Bay United improved two spots to seventh on 19 points to inch closer to the top half. Harbour View slipped two spots to ninth on 17, six points away from the relegation zone.

Boys' Town 0 Portmore United 4 
Cavalier 0 Humble Lion 1
Sandals South Coast 1 Arnett Gardens 1 
Tivoli Gardens 3 UWI FC 2
Montego Bay United 3 Harbour View 2 

Waterhouse vs Reno at Drewsland Stadium at 8:35 pm

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