Missiles, fight mar competitive RSPL final – Portmore United lift back-to-back crowns

By April 29, 2019
Ricardo Morris (centre) and Javon East prepare to take the field for Portmore United during their Red Stripe Premier League final against Waterhouse on Monday, April 29. Ricardo Morris (centre) and Javon East prepare to take the field for Portmore United during their Red Stripe Premier League final against Waterhouse on Monday, April 29.

Portmore United are the Red Stripe Premier League champions for the second time in a row, though the night at the National Stadium in Kingston was marred by a couple of alarming stoppages. 

Ricardo Morris had separated the teams in the 51st minute with a peach of a goal that should have been the highlight of the game, until almost the end, when a mix up in communication between the referee and her assistant angered the crowd.

Morris, receiving a short pass just outside of the area, whipped a left footer around the outstretched arms of Waterhouse custodian, Diego Haughton.

The game was cagey for the most part with Portmore, holding an edge in possession and maybe showing more patience and organization.

After more than 85 minutes had been played, a Portmore player tried to play a ball down the right touchline but a deflection from a Waterhouse boot put it out of play.

The assistant referee put her flag up to signal a Portmore throw while the referee, Odette Hamilton, who had not seen the deflection, signalled in the other direction.

When she corrected the error, the assistant referee was forced to the middle of the field after bottles were thrown at her.

The game had to be held up for more than 10 minutes, with the referee adding 12 for time added on.

In truth Hamilton had almost not put a foot wrong in the game, however, the tensions in the stands spilled over into the game and with just two minutes left in time added, Damion Williams, Portmore United’s strongman in the middle of the park and a veteran in the league, got into an open fist fight with Waterhouse’s Rafeik Thomas.

Thomas, a double RSPL winner with Harbour View, had come on earlier and in a bid to spark the Waterhouse unit into life, had immediately got into the wars, earning a yellow card for a late challenge on a defender.

This time around, Thomas took exception to a high boot from Williams and got into a punching match with the 38-year-old.

The evidence of the fracas lay in Thomas’s completed shredded jersey and swelling above the eye of Williams reminiscent of a fighter after going 12 rounds.

Hamilton would soon put her whistle to her mouth, and call an end to affairs.

Earlier, Cavalier SC earned the RSPL’s third-place spot after beating newcomers, Mount Pleasant by a similar scoreline, Alex Marshall doing the damage in the 41st minute.

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