Waterhouse stop Portmore United from retaking RSPL lead
Defending champions Portmore United failed to unseat promoted team Mount Pleasant Football Academy from the top of the 2018-2019 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) table following an away 2-2 draw against Waterhouse, at the Drewsland Stadium on Thursday.
Portmore United, which needed a victory to return atop the table, twice took the lead through Roshane Sharpe in the third minute and Rosario Harriott in the 70th. However, Waterhouse hit back through Ricardo Thomas in the 33rd minute and Nicholy Finlayson in the 88th minute.
As a result of the draw, Portmore United moved to 15 points from nine matches to remain in third position. They are two points behind Mount Pleasant Football Academy (17) and one adrift of second-place Tivoli Gardens (16).
Mount Pleasant Football Academy had shot to the top of the table on Wednesday when they defeated Reno 2-1 through a Devon Hodges’ goal.
In Thursday’s other games, University of the West Indies (UWI) FC and Arnett Gardens secured victories.
UWI FC scored a 3-1 win over Montego Bay United at Westpow Park.
Rochane Smith opened the scoring for UWI in the 20th minute with Allan Ottey equalising for Montego Bay in the 72nd. Javoy Belnavis and Ryan Miller netted in the 76th and 86th minutes respectively to give UWI the win.
It enabled UWI to move two places up the points table to fourth with 14 points. Montego Bay United dropped two places to 10th with 10 points.
Arnett Gardens defeated the other promoted team Dunbeholden FC 3-1 at Spanish Town Prison Oval.
A brace from Fabian Reid in the 20th and 80th minutes and a goal from Marvin Morgan in the 43rd minute provided the win for Arnett Gardens, as Kemo Gayle scored Dunbeholden’s consolation two minutes into second-half added time.
Arnett Gardens (14 points) climbed two places to fifth, while Dunbeholden remained at the bottom of the table on seven points.
Mount Pleasant 1 Reno 0
Tivoli Gardens 1 Humble Lion 3
Harbour View 1 Cavalier 0
Dunbeholden 1 Arnett Gardens 3
Montego Bay United 1 UWI 3
Waterhouse 2 Portmore United 2