HONOURS EVEN

H'View deny Portmore United 6th-straight win

By Sherdon CowanObserver staff reportercowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Defending champions Portmore United were denied a sixth-straight victory after being held to a 1-1 stalemate by Harbour View FC in a lukewarm Red Stripe Premier League contest at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.

Chevany Willis put Portmore United in front with a 20th-minute strike, but that was cancelled out by the talented Peter-Lee Vassell in the 28th minute to give Harbour View a share of the spoils.

With the point, Portmore United remained atop the standings on 31 points, six ahead of Mount Pleasant FA (25 points) who were 2-0 winners over a struggling University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at Drax Hall in St Ann.

UWI, who were being condemned to a sixth-consecutive defeat, remain in eighth on 17 points, while Harbour View provisionally moved out of the relegation zone up to 10th position on 13 points.

In the day's other early fixture, sixth-placed Tivoli Gardens (21 points) and ninth-placed Montego Bay United (16 points) played out a goalless scoreline at Wespow Park.

At Prison Oval, it was a tale of two halves as Portmore United were more spirited at the start and applied consistent pressure which eventually brought about the opening goal. A four-man wall set up by Harbour View proved useless, as Willis's well-driven free kick along the ground beat a diving Christian Kluvi to his right at the near post.

Portmore United tried to tighten their hold on the game but were met with stubborn resistance from Harbour View's defensive line.

The same could not be said for Portmore United at the other end as poor defending allowed Harbour View to get back on level terms after Vassell's effort from an angle sailed over the head of custodian Benjamin Williams.

The score remained unchanged for the remainder of the game, but the second half did provide some spark in patches, particularly from Harbour View's standpoint.In fact, Portmore United's only real chance at goal came in the 72nd minute when an overlapping run by Roberto Johnson ended with a weighted cross which was met by substitute Saneekie Burton, but it came back off the crossbar.

Prior to that, Harbour View's Deshane Beckford was sent in on goal at the other end, but Williams left his line well todeny the striker.

In the 79th, Willis gifted possession to Shemar Nairne in the final third, but Nairne, despite having a clear path to goal, hurried an effort from well outside the 18-yard box that went wayward.

Williams was then called upon twice in quick succession to parry a close-range left-footed effort from Nairne and again to tip a well-taken free kick from Vassell over the crossbar in the 84th and 86th minutes.

Teams

Portmore United — Benjamin Williams, Roberto Johnson, Damano Solomon, Ryan Wellington, Rosario Harriott, Chevany Willis, Cleon Pryce (Damian Williams 81st), Rondee Smith, Donnegy Fer (Saneekie Burton 67th), Nacquaine Brown (Hardley Barnes 70th), Javon East Subs not used: Shaven Paul, Romaine Brackenridge, Osani Ricketts Booked: Burton (80th)

Harbour View — Christian Kluvi, Bebeto McDonald (Johann Weatherly 67th), Odane Samuels, Peter-Lee Vassell, Ajeanie Talbott, Odorland Harding (Tyreek Magee 62nd), Kemar Bennett, Timar Lewis, Deshane Beckford, Shemar Nairne, Nicholas Beckett Subs not used: William Price, Marlon Afflick, Bryan English, Julian Manning, Richard Anderson Booked: Nairne (29th)

Referee: Okeito Nicholson Assistant referees: Richard Washington, Kemar Gayle Fourth official: Andrewa Hayden Match commissary: Bev Melbourne


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