Portmore United extend its lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League following a comfortable 3-0 win over Arnett Gardens on Sunday.

At the other end of the table, however, former champions Harbour View United slipped to within three points of the relegation zone following a 2-1 loss to Mount Pleasant. The promoted team were powered to victory courtesy of a brace from Kemar Beckford, who put the hosts ahead in the 7th minute.  Jorginho James got the Stars of the East back on level terms in the 15th minute but Beckford struck again ten minutes later to seal the points for the home team. 

At Spanish Town Prison Oval, it was a late show of sorts from the defending champions Portmore, who took the lead through Emelio Rousseau in the 55th minute.  Andre Lewis, however, made the points safe in the 85th minute before an insurance goal was added by Cleon Pryce in time added on.

Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Montego United kept their fading hopes of escaping relegation alive, after coming from behind to beat Cavalier 2-1.  Kaheem Paris put Cavalier in the lead after just two minutes, but Nazime Grant equalised in first-half time added on before Dino Williams gave the team all three points with a goal in the 62nd minute.  Relegation-threatened Dunbeholden also managed to secure a crucial three points after registering a 2-1 win over Humble Lion.  Richard Orette got both goals for the promoted team, first getting on the scoresheet in the 37th minute and sealing the crucial points with a goal in the 63rd minute.  Gregory Morgan got what proved to be a consolation goal for Humble Lion in the 54th minute. 

Elsewhere, UWI score a 1-0 win over Tivoli courtesy of a Ryan Miller penalty.

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Dunbeholden FC battled to a 3-2 win over Montego Bay United Sunday and climbed out of the relegation zone of the Red Stripe Premier League.

Defending champions Portmore United and newcomers Mount Pleasant FC played to a 1-1 draw at Drax Hall on Sunday as action kicked off in the third and final round of the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League.

Victor Stewart manager of the Jamaica Football Federation’s referee’s department is adamant that the body has drawn a red line when it comes to abuse meted to the group from club officials.

Recently, the unavailability of officials for round 18 of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) meant that only one of six scheduled games was played.  While not admitting to planned strike action from the officials, Stewart pointed to several issues that plagued the body in recent times.

Stewart pointed to issues of inadequate compensation a major bone of contention but also pointed to recent incidents in which he believes appointed match officials were disrespected by club representatives.

“We will accept at any time the abuse from the spectators because its emotional and in some cases stems from ignorance but when administrators and club officials throw personal abuse at match officials that is a hard one to swallow,” Stewart told the SportsMax Zone.

“When you refer to a referee as a burro (donkey), so to speak, in front of the public you are sending a message to your players, so that leads to further abuse and disrespect,” Stewart said about a recent game that involved the management of RSPL club Cavalier.   

Stewart also referenced a game in Mount Pleasant, where FIFA referee Kevin Morrison had to be given a police escort from the venue after giving a penalty for a handball offence.

“These are some of the things that are facing us and we want the public to know that.”

 

 

Women’s World Cup-bound assistant referee Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing has credited officiating male football in Jamaica’s local Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with helping to develop a sense of calm and tolerance.

The 36-old Yee Sing will be part of a trio, which will also include compatriot Princess Brown and Canadian teammate Marie-Soleil Beaudoin who will head to the premier women’s football tournament next year. 

After a strong performance at the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup last month the duo of Yee Sing and Brown have already been tested on the big stage and head into the tournament with plenty of experience.

Back home, however, they have also logged plenty of miles in the rough and tumble, high-pressure environment of the RSPL.  An environment that can be said to have few equals.  Whether it’s coming face to face with irate players or rowdy fans spewing vitriol, Yee Sing insists the environment has taught her an fellow female officials to keep their composure in high-pressure situations.

“The boys are tough, but we learn tolerance and patience with them,” Yee Sing said in an interview on the SportsMax Zone.

“We just have to remain calm because we are in limelight.  Everyone is looking at our decisions, so we just have to put on a face and be our best,” she added.

Waterhouse Football Club and Mount Pleasant Academy each registered wins over Dunbeholden FC and UWI FC respectively in week 15 of the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday.

Vassell Reynolds is not a happy camper after Red Stripe Premier League outfit, Montego Bay United (MBU) sacked him after a slow start to the 2018-19 season.

Reynolds was relieved of duty on Friday, with the club’s new chairman, Dr Germaine Spencer, saying poor results were the biggest reason for the decision.

"The culture of MBU is a winning one, a results-oriented one," said Spencer.

Reynolds doesn’t buy the argument, saying there were a number of factors which led to the team being in the position it was. Reynolds also suggested he wanted enough time to prove he was the man to help MBU through what has been termed a transition period.

"I was a bit surprised and disappointed that I was not allowed to continue the rebuilding and transition of the club, and the reason given - poor results," said Reynolds.

According to the coach who brought Rusea’s High School the DaCosta Cup trophy last season, his results were fair if the lack of resources and personnel were to be taken into account.

"We were six points away from the top six and seven points away from some teams which had far more resources and [a] deeper squad than us. Based on all the variables, it was a fair performance thus far, but where we had set our targets, we fell five points short," said Reynolds, speaking to local newspaper, The Gleaner.

Reynolds has had to deal with the departure of Ladale Ritchie and Ronaldo Rodney, two experienced players, gobbled up by Mount Pleasant, a recently promoted team with an aggressive recruitment system.

Goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett and a long-term injury to Donovan Carey did not make matters easier, while the coach seemed not to have any luck with forward Dino Williams, a dangerous prospect for opponents, going out injured after just 15 minutes of football on the season.

With an uphill task in front of him, Reynolds had gotten his young charges to put in some battling performances and had been eyeing an upswing in results.

With a transfer window just a month away, Reynolds was even more hopeful, but now the task will fall to Dillon Thelwell, who Spencer announced would act in the capacity of interim coach.

Thelwell has had previous stints with MBU and is expected to be able to hit the ground running. Montego Bay are ninth in the 12-team standing on 15 points from 14 games, while leaders Portmore United are on 30.

 

Harbour View host the hottest team in the Red Stripe Premier League on Monday night in Mount Pleasant, but more importantly, the Stars of The East will be eliciting the support of football fans countrywide to aid with the fight of one of its favourite sons. 

Promoted Dunbeholden registered their first win of the season, a hard-fought 1-0 over fellow league first timers Mount Pleasant, at Drax Hall Stadium on Sunday.

Former champions Tivoli Gardens made it three wins in a row following a 1-0 win over promoted Dunbeholden at the Edward Seaga Stadium on Sunday.

Harbour View failed to find a win in their first Red Stripe Premier League match, finding a 2-2 draw with the University of the West Indies all they could find. Defending champions Portmore United stand in the way of them finding a win from game two. Portmore United are even worse off than the Stars of the East, after they were beaten 2-1 by promoted side, Mount Pleasant.

Two-time champ Waterhouse will be looking to prevent a dream start for both newcomers, as the league’s other debutants Mount Pleasant Football Academy stunned defending champions Portmore United on Sunday. 

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