Waterhouse take RSPL lead with 3-0 win over MoBay
Waterhouse are the new leaders of the Red Stripe Premier League. The Drewsland, St Andrew-based team achieved the feat by defeating Montego Bay United 3-0 at Wespow Park on Sunday, coupled with Portmore United losing 2-1 to Cavalier at Stadium East.
Rafeik Thomas, Kenroy Howell and Denardo Thomas netted in the 11th, 87th and three minutes into second-half added time respectively to orchestrate Waterhouse’s win and Montego Bay’s demise, with the latter now dropping into the relegation zone.
The win moved Waterhouse to 34 points, one ahead of Portmore, who remained stagnant as a result of Cavalier securing a come-from-behind win through a 65th minute strike from Nicholas Nelson and a penalty from Alex Marshall three minutes later. A Chevany Willis strike in the 17th minute had given Portmore the lead.
Cavalier remained third in the points standing, but distanced themselves from Arnett Gardens, who will play against Dunbeholden in Monday night’s televised matched.
Arnett Gardens are on 27 points, but lead Mount Pleasant Football Academy by goal difference, with the latter losing 2-0 to a resurging Harbour View at Drax Hall.
Kemar Bennett in the 33rd and Mark Alves in the 82nd minute provided Harbour View their fourth win of the season, which has taken them out of the two-team relegation zone, as they are now ninth in the standing on 19 points.
Meanwhile, Tivoli Gardens switched sixth position with UWI, as they defeated their hosts 2-0 at Mona Bowl through goals by Junior McGregor in the 52nd and Trevin Garnett three minutes into second-half added time.
With the victory, Tivoli Gardens are now on 25 points, with UWI a point and place behind.
In the day’s other match, Reno and Humble Lion played to a 2-2 draw at Frome Sports Complex, to remain 10th and eighth in the standing respectively.
Rondell Morris gave hosts Reno the lead 10 minutes into the match, with Afiba Chambers cancelling for Humble Lion in the 62nd minute. Morris scored his brace in the 64th minute to restore Reno’s lead as Levaughn Williams ensured a point for Humble Lion eight minutes into second-half added time with a penalty.
At Stadium East, Portmore controlled most of the action in the match, especially in the first half, after Willis had given them inspiration with a well-taken free kick from about 30 yards that curled over the Cavalier wall and dipped inside the goal out of the reach of goalkeeper Mark Bryan.
With Portmore in the ascendancy, they went close to doubling their lead midway the half when a header by Saneekie Burton was cleared off the goal line by Jamoi Topey.
They got an even better opportunity when they won a penalty after a foul inside the 18-yard box, but Javon East missed from the spot.
Portmore would continue to control the action at the start of the second half but it was Cavalier that pulled level through Nelson, who capitalised on a defensive error to curl the ball into the net from distance.
Cavalier went on the offence immediately after the goal with Marshall forcing a save from Portmore’s goalkeeper, Kemar Foster, and soon after would take the lead when captain Chevon Marsh was brought down inside the penalty area for Marshall to convert from the spot.
UWI 0 vs Tivoli 2
Montego Bay United 0 vs Waterhouse 3
Reno 2 vs Humble Lion 2
Mount Pleasant Football Academy 0 Harbour View 2
Cavalier 2 vs Portmore United 1