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Portmore blank Dunbeholden to finish regular season on high

Friday, March 22, 2019

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Champions Portmore United secured their 19th win of the regular season in the Red Stripe Premier League with a 2-0 blanking of Dunbeholden FC at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Wednesday.

It was a fitting end for the champions who have registered back-to-back regular season titles under head coach Shavar Thomas.

Their goals were scored by schoolboys Lamar Walker of Clarendon College from a free kick in the first half and Earon Elliott of Jamaica College, who had a stoppage time tap in to complete the win.

The game began as nothing more than a Sunday stroll as the hosts had already wrapped up the preliminary title, while the visitors were virtually assured of survival in the league.

Except for one or two hard fouls and a couple of free kicks which Dunbeholden failed to make use of, the game had meandered along until Walker struck. His free kick from 23 yards took a wicked deflection off the wall before flying into the goal, leaving Giovanni Smith stranded.

Greame Green had a beautiful chance to draw his team level before the interval, but fired straight at Shaven Paul from point-blank range.

The second half was more of the same except for the last five minutes and stoppage time.

Dunbeholden were presented with a gilt-edged chance to score, but missed very late on. Second half substitute Shaquille Lewis should certainly have done better when Paul dropped the ball at his feet inside the goal area.

At the other end a focused Andre Lewis tricked his way past his marker before laying the ball on a platter for Elliot who simply could not miss from a yard out in the third minute of added time.

Dunbeholden, who propped up the league for most of the season, ended their maiden campaign in top flight football in 10th place on 33 points. They have earned the right to run with the big boys for a second season after a historic RSPL campaign where both promoted teams have avoided the drop.

Teams

Portmore United FC – Shaven Paul, Damano Solomon, Ryan Wellington, Lamar Walker (Jermaine Lyons 57th min) , Damian Williams, Venton Evans, Andre Lewis, Romaine Brackenridge, Rondee Smith (Romaine Bowers 68th min), Saneekie Burton, Hardley Barnes (Earon Elliott 43rd min).

Subs not used: Roshane Sharpe, Kemar Foster, Cleon Pryce, Javel Ellis

Dunbeholden FC - Giovanni Smith, Andre Dyce, Shaquelle Dyer, Anthony Thompson, Shevan James, Greame Green (Richard Anderson 68th min), Demario Phillips, Dasha Satchwell, Lorenzo Dubidad (Shaquille Lewis74th min), Gavin Roberts (Nickoy Christian 57th min), Kemo Gayle.

Subs not used: Eric Edwards, Maurice Mays, Kevin Reid, Clayon Pusey

Booked: Shevan James 32nd min, Andre Dyle 61st min, Demario Phillips 67th min. Kemo Gayle 69th min

Referee: Nerissa Goldson

Assistant Referees: Ricton Archer, Mojollee Gaylee,

Fourth Official: Odette Hamilton

Match Commissioner: Elaine Walker-Brown

— Dwayne Richards


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