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Portmore clip Arnett to consolidate lead

Arnett Gardens........0 Portmore United.....1 Fer (72nd)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Arnett Gardens FC failed to knock off the Christmas holiday malaise and went down 1-0 to champions Portmore United FC in their second game in the new year resumption of Red Stripe Premier League in a late kick-off at the Anthony Spaulding Sport Complex on Wednesday.

Donnegy Fer scrambled home the winner in the 72nd minute to give Portmore their second-consecutive win since the start to 2019. At the Christmas break Waterhouse FC led the RSPL standings by one point over Portmore, who thereafter took the proverbial bull by its horn to grab and maintain the lead with two wins.

Waterhouse, meantime, lost twice in the same period.

Arnett, who were in search of their first win in the restart of the season after playing to 0-0 stalemate against a plucky Harbour View, came out fighting to have the visitors back trotting and missed a glorious chance through top striker Fabian Reid.

From there, Portmore buckled down and did enough to leave the field with three valuable points to move to the top of the standings with 39 to hold a comfortable six-point lead ahead of Waterhouse FC.

The defeat for Arnett Gardens and the point gained from their opening spirited 0-0 draw against Harbour View FC away to the “Stars Of The East” on Sunday night have them stuck in fourth on 31 points.

“A good victory to leave the field with I must say... we came here expecting a tough game and in the first half they had us playing their game and it was a ping pong situation.

Notwithstanding, in the second half we controlled more of the game by putting the ball down and moving it around. And you know that pressure burst pipe. And in the end, we got the better of the exchanges. But even so, there are some areas we need to improve as we go along and we will continue to improve on them doing so game by game,” said Portmore Coach Shavar Thomas.

Losing Head Coach Jerome Waite was certainly not happy with his team's overall display.

“It was a disappointing result, to say the least. We could have done much better as we got our chances, but just failed to make them count. And then the table turned in the second half where the opponents scrambled the ball across the line as a result of poor defending.

“The name of the game is to score goals and when you create your chances you have to make maximum use of them,” Waite said.

TEAMS

Arnett Gardens FC – Damion Hyatt, Ramone McGregor, Jabeur Johnson, Jamar Martin, Tamar Edwards, Ronaldo Wright (Chevon Bryan 78th), Rickardo Oldham (Jamiel Hardware 62nd), Lamar Nelson, Zhelano Barnes (Romario Kelly 90+1), Marvin Morgan, Fabian Reid.

Subs not used: Lloyd Tyme, Henrico Ricketts, Jovani Simms, Steve Clarke

Booked: None

Portmore United FC – Shaven Paul, Osani Ricketts, Roberto Johnson, Rosario Harriott, Donnegy Fer, Chavany Willis, Cleon Pryce (Emelio Rousseau 68th), Jevon East (Hardley Barnes 82nd), Venton Evans (Roshane Sharpe 88th), Rondee Smith, Carlos Barrett

Subs not used: Benjamin Williams, Damian Williams, Saneekie Burton, Damano Solomon

Booked: Willis (35th), East (88th,

Referee: Oshane Nation

Assistant Referees: Richard Washington, Princess Brown

Fourth Official: Neressa Goldson

Match Commissary: Andrew Payne

— Hurbun Williams

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