UWI hand Port­more an­other les­son

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - By Howard walker

Port­more United

East (51st)

UWI

Ber­nal (19th), Then­stead (55th)

T1 2 HE Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) FC stunned cham­pi­ons Port­more United 2-1 in their Red Stripe Premier League game at Span­ish Town Prison Oval yes­ter­day to re­gain a top six po­si­tion.

An­dre Ber­nal opened the scor­ing for the vis­it­ing UWI in the 19th minute, but Javon East pulled Port­more United level in minute 51. But just four min­utes later Akeem Then­stead re­stored UWI’S ad­van­tage, which they held to the end.

It was UWI’S ninth win from 22 games and they gained a po­si­tion to be sixth on 30 points, while lead­ers Port­more United re­mained on 39 points with just their fourth defeat of the sea­son.

The cham­pi­ons still hold a two-point lead as sec­ond-placed Cava­lier FC crashed 0-2 to Hum­ble Lion at Ef­fortville and re­mained on 37 points.

Port­more United only have them­selves to blame as they started slowly but had enough chances in the sec­ond half to at least walk away with a point. But sub­sti­tute Rondee Smith missed two very good chances, kick­ing high on both oc­ca­sion.

Port­more’s usual solid back­line, led by Rosario Har­riott, looked shaky and was ex­posed early with balls over the top, and it was from one of those at­tacks that UWI scored when Ber­nal met Patrick Brown’s left-sided cross with a tow­er­ing header.

But Port­more re­sponded to coach Shavar Thomas’s half-time talk and came out fir­ing with the in­tro­duc­tion of Rondee Smith and Cleon Pryce at the start of the sec­ond half.

The nor­mally deadly East should have scored but kicked high from close range, but they would get the equaliser as East re­deemed him­self and slot­ted home in minute 51 af­ter goal­keeper Amal Knight failed to hold onto a low drive by Pryce.

With their tails up Port­more gained the as­cen­dency and again poor de­fend­ing al­lowed Then­stead to sneak in and chipp the ad­vanc­ing goal­keeper Shaven Paul for the win­ner.

Win­ning coach An­drew Peart was happy for the three points as they push for a play-off spot in a tight mid-ta­ble race.

“It’s a good ad­di­tion to our points tally and es­pe­cially to our con­fi­dence as well, com­ing to the home of the lead­ers and win­ning, that is very com­mend­able to our team. I think the ef­fort from our team was very good,” said Peart.

For his coun­ter­part Shavar Thomas, dis­ap­point­ment was etched all over his face af­ter his team turned in a clinker.

“It’s a tough loss and I am very dis­ap­pointed. If it was a case where UWI came and dom­i­nated and put us un­der pres­sure, put us on the back foot, I would lift my hands up and say they were bet­ter than us; but that wasn’t the case,” said Thomas.

TEAMS: Port­more United

— Shaven Paul, Osani Rick­etts, Roberto John­son, Rosario Har­riott, Don­n­egy Fer (Rondee Smith 46th), Cha­vany Wil­lis, Eme­lio Rousseau, Javon East, Ven­ton Evans, Hard­ley Barnes (Cleon Pryce 46th), Car­los Bar­rett (Roshane Sharpe 76th)

Ben­jamin Williams, Damian Williams, Sa­neekie Bur­ton, Da­mano Solomon

Rick­etts (22nd)

Amal Knight, Deno Schaffe, Michael Heaven, Javoy Bel­navis, Jerondy Henry, Ramoun Reid, Patrick Brown (Taniel Mcken­zie 86th), Fabian Mccarthy, An­dre Ber­nal (Dawayne Smith 63rd), Rochane Smith, Akeem Then­stead (Ke­mar Flem­mings 79th)

Subs not used: Booked: UWI — Subs not used:

Ge­orge Brown, Davion Gar­ri­son, Stephen Bar­nett, Ryan Miller

Schaffe (67th), Patrick Brown (80th)

Odette Hamil­ton

Princess Brown, Melvin Reid

An­drew Hay­den Del­roy Joseph

Booked: Ref­eree: As­sis­tant ref­er­ees: Fourth of­fi­cial: Match com­mis­sary:

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