Frome, Rusea’s in 0-0 draw

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: USEA’S HIGH re­main in con­trol of Zone B in the 2016 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup, al­though they were held to a score­less draw by ri­val Frome Tech­ni­cal yes­ter­day in Lucea, Hanover, on a day when sev­eral sched­uled matches were not played.

With the is­land un­der threat from Hur­ri­cane Matthew, the teams, it ap­peared, seemed dis­tracted. Both looked list­less es­pe­cially in front of goal in a game that lacked qual­ity, and al­though each had their mo­ments, the out­come was in­evitable, leav­ing both coaches unim­pressed.

Aaron Lawrence, coach of the ten-time ti­tle win­ners Rusea’s, told the Sun­day Gleaner that he thought the game was scrappy and that his play­ers lacked fo­cus.

“It was a scrappy game from both teams to­day. I re­ally can’t say why this was so, but we never sparked at all,” said the former na­tional goal­keeper.

“It was just a case of us not hav­ing the fire to­day, and it showed. We missed many chances to score, but we still earned a point and we will just have to be sat­is­fied with the re­sult as we are still lead­ing the zone,” Lawrence said.

In­deed, Rusea’s lead Zone B on 11 points, three more than sec­ond-place Frome, while

RGreen Is­land High are hold­ing on to third spot. Rusea’s were un­lucky not to score in the 18th minute, when for­ward Sachin Wil­mot saw his shot miss­ing the tar­get. Then Okean John­son also came close with his ef­fort saved on the re­bound by Owayne Rick­etts, the Frome cus­to­dian.

EASY OP­POR­TU­NITY

Keith Blake missed an easy op­por­tu­nity for Frome in the 33rd minute. He was played through and he took his shot a lit­tle too early and saw it zip nar­rowly past the up­right.

Both teams came even closer in the sec­ond half. Frome, through sub­sti­tute Ajani Camp­bell, who struck the cross­bar with the Rusea’s goal­keeper stranded, and Jhevoy Diaz’s shot struck the up­right.

“We wanted to come here and leave with at least a point, so the re­sult isn’t a bad one for us,” said the Frome coach Marvin Quarry.

He said it was a fair re­sult see­ing that nei­ther team was able to take ad­van­tage of their chances.

“The fo­cus now is on Green Is­land, where, if we win or se­cure a draw, we would be prac­ti­cally set for the next round,” added Quarry.

YES­TER­DAY’S RE­SULTS

Mar­cus Gar­vey 0 York Cas­tle 0 Rusea’s 0 Frome 0 Corn­wall Col­lege 2 St James 0

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