A furious late-game rally from Mount Pleasant kept the pressure on Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Waterhouse after they secured a 2-1 win over Humble Lion.

The St Ann-based club seemed well on their way to a home loss after Rohan Richards had given Humble Lion the lead at the stroke of halftime.  With the advantage holding for most of the second half, Mount Pleasant only sprang into action in the final 10 minutes.  Sue-Lae McCalla finally brought the team back on level terms in the 86th minute and in the dying embers of the game, Jourdaine Fletcher scored again to leave Humble Lion stunned.  The win was the fifth in a row for the surging Mount Pleasant.

Elsewhere, the downward spiral continued for previous league leaders Molynes United who crashed to a fourth loss in five games following a 2-1 loss to UWI.  Sergini Frankson gave the promoted team the lead in the 13th minute but UWI struck back almost immediately when Shuwayne Barrett responded in the 17th minute.  Zhelano Barnes handed the visitors all three points from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.  In another game, ten-man Tivoli Gardens went down 1-0 to visiting Portmore United.  Forward Rondee Smith got the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute.  Elsewhere, a Dean-Andre Thomas double saw Dunbeholden snap a two-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Vere United.

In the late kick-offs, goals from Kenroy Howell (37th), Tremaine Stewart (74th) and Colorado Murray (83rd) saw Waterhouse come from behind to secure a comprehensive 3-1 win over Harbour View.  Bebeto McDonald had given the home team the lead in the 28th minute.  In the other game, Arnett Gardens cruised to a 4-2 win over Cavalier.

Hosts Arnett Gardens and Cavalier were unable to separate themselves, battling to a tough draw as SportsMax Monday night football returned at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Humble Lion handed promoted Molynes United a second loss in as many games a result which left the newcomers struggling for answers after a fast start to life in the top flight.

The promoted team won their first six games but have managed just one point in their last three games.  On Sunday, it was the home team that struck first after Andre Clennon found the back of the net in the 52nd minute after a scoreless first half.  Molynes were quick to strike back, however, and pulled level through the efforts of Ryan Brown three minutes later.  LeVaughn Williams ensured the host would plunder all three points, however, finding the back of the net in time added on.

In other games, Dean-Andre Thomas scored the all-important goal as Dunbeholden edged UWI 1-0.  Thomas found the mark in the 52nd minute.  Vere United and Arnett Gardens played to a 1-1 draw.  Tamar Edwards gave Arnett Gardens the lead in the 60th minute but Javior Brown stuck back to ensure the home team had at least a share of the points nine minutes later.

 

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Newly promoted Molynes United remained the only unbeaten team in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a 1-0 win over Mount Pleasant on Sunday.

Striker Ryan Brown notched his second goal of the season for the RSPL new boys when he found the back of the net in the 38th minute.  The win was the team’s sixth in as many games, remaining at the top of the table with 18 points.

Second place Waterhouse, however, kept in touch with the table-toppers following a win their own, a 2-0 win over UWI at UWI Bowl.  Waterhouse took the initiative through Stephen Williams who gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute.  UWI pressed hard to get back on level terms but Waterhouse claimed all three-point from the spot after Keithy Simpson slammed in a 73rd-minute penalty.

Defending champions Portmore United saw their winning streak halted at two-game after sharing point with struggling Tivoli at the Edward Seaga Stadium.  It was the home team who took the lead through Rushane Spence who found the back of the net in the 27th minute.  Shai Smith, however, ensured Portmore got a share of the points after finding a goal in the 49th minute.

Elsewhere, Humble Lion defeated promoted Vere United 1-0.  Midfielder Leonardo Jibbison got the all-important goal for the home team in the 69th minute.

 

Newly promoted Molynes United maintained a perfect start to the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after slipping by former champions Arnett Gardens, despite going down to ten men, at the Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday.

Nicholas Nelson gave the home team the lead in the lead in the 18th minute but was dramatically sent from the pitch only two minutes after.  His ejection left Arnett with a one-man advantage and plenty of time to turn the game around.  The team seemed to be well on their way to doing just that when Vishineul Harris equalised two minutes in the second half.

The hosts, however, had more surprises as Tyrique Wilson fired them back into the lead in the 65th minute.  To make matters worse for Arnett, they were themselves reduced to ten men when Kimani Arbourine was sent off in the 82nd minute.  The win marked a fourth in a row for Molynes who top the RSPL standings with 12 points.

At Harbour View Stadium, defending champions Portmore United secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over struggling Harbour View. 

At the Edward Seaga Stadium, Tivoli Gardens snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season when they defeated Cavalier 2-0.  The match seemed to be headed for an even share of the points but the dismissal of Tivoli’s Clifton Woodbine gave the home team added impetus. 

Rodrico Wellington gave Tivoli the lead six minutes later before Donovan Dawkins secured the home team their first win of the season in the 88th minute.

At the Royal Lakes Complex, Dean-Andre Thomas scored a brace to ensure Dunbeholden kept the momentum from a narrow win over Portmore United last week, with a 2-0 win over newcomers Vere United.  Thomas scored from the penalty spot in the 40th minute before adding a second in the 83rd.

At Effortville, Humble Lion and Waterhouse played to a 0-0 draw.

Two of the 12 coaches in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League have already been fired.

Jerome Waite, longstanding coach with Arnett Gardens, was last week, sacked and this week, the coach of Dunbeholden, former Reggae Boy, Fabian Taylor was shown the door.

Waite, it was said, would not have enough time with Arnett Gardens because of his duties with the national programme. Waite is coach of Jamaica’s under-23 outfit.

Taylor’s case also had to do with the stresses involved in starting a new season at the top level in Jamaican football. The former Reggae Boy was, reportedly, not pleased with the nature of the squad Dunbeholden were going to start the season with.

Dunbeholden have returned to the tried and tested, Regel Smith, who got them to the Premier League.

Waite, who won four Premier League titles with the club,  has been replaced by Wolmer’s player and former Arnett Gardens centre half, Alex Thomas. Thomas is also the coach of Wolmer’s Boys’ in Jamaica’s schoolboy urban area competitions, the Manning and Walker cups.

Champions Portmore United, runners up Waterhouse Football Club and some of their players were slapped with fines and suspensions arising from the disruption of the Red Stripe Premier League finals held at the National Stadium on April 29, 2019.

Red Stripe, the title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier league, have expressed their displeasure at what transpired during Monday night’s finals between champions Portmore United and Waterhouse FC but have committed to continue to support the competition.

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. 

Technical Director of the Cavalier Football Club Rudolph Speid said the Cavalier Football Club established themselves as a powerhouse in the 2018/2019 RSPL season and expects the coming season to be an even better one.

Speid was speaking with Sportsmax.TV following his team’s 1-0 win over Mount Pleasant Football Club in the playoff for third place at the National Stadium on Monday night.

A 41st-minute goal from Alex Marshall was enough for Cavalier to win the match and secure third place. Marshall picked up the ball on the left just outside the 18-yard box beat a defender before firing past goalkeeper Joseph Vargas into the right corner of the goal.

Speid believes there is a lot to build on for next season.

“I think the third-place playoff was really an anti-climax to our season but at the same time we can’t complain too much because I think Cavalier established themselves as one of the powerhouses in the league,” he said.

“We have some regrets we didn’t go all the way but we are going to build on it next season.”

Cavalier sold two players during the season that impacted their season by their absence. One of them was 19-year-old Jamoi Topey who departed for the Bethlehem Steele in the National Soccer League in the United States.

Speid described Topey as three players in one and said his departure hurt the team defensively but they managed to eventually get their act together to reach the playoffs.

For next season, he plans to introduce even more young players into the Cavalier team and their fans can expect more from them in 2019/2020.

Mount Pleasant substitute Jourdaine Fletcher was left in tears after himself being substituted 20 minutes after coming on in the team’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) win over UWI on Sunday.  The team’s assistant coach Nigel Stewart insists the move was tactical.

In the end, Mount Pleasant prevailed 1-0 on the back of a Francios Swaby 27th – minute penalty but Fletcher perhaps bemoaned his lack of telling contribution to the fixture.  The forward, once continued one of the nation’s brightest youth prospects, was brought on to the pitch as a replacement for Kemar Beckford in the 73rd minute.

The former Cornwall College standout, however, seemed to struggle to get up to the pace of the game.  His most significant contributions amounting to failing to reach a picture-perfect pass from a Ricardo Campbell freekick in the 78th minute and a wild slash over the bar in the 83rd minute, after being set up on the break by Cardel Benbow. 

By the 92nd minute, Stewart apparently had a change of heart and yanked the forward from the pitch in favour of defensive change Kevin Graham.  It was a move that left the 21-year-old player, disconsolate, and in tears on the bench.  Stewart, however, insisted the team was intent on defending a narrow lead late on.  

“We are professionals it was a tactical change,” Stewart said.

“We needed fresh legs in midfield.  He looked a little winded, I don’t know if it was the occasion but like I said, we are professionals.”

UWI coach Andrew Peart has insisted he is proud of the team, despite being eliminated from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a 1-0 loss to Mount Pleasant at Drax Hall on Sunday.

In a balanced encounter, which headed into the second leg tied 2-2 on aggregate, the game was ultimately decided from the penalty spot.  Striker Francios Swaby fired high into the roof of the net from 12 yards out to give the home team the win in the 27th minute. 

The referee had pointed to the spot after a shot from just outside the area, from Mount Pleasant midfielder Cardel Benbow, struck the outstretched arm of UWI defender Michael Edwards. 

UWI had limited chances to equalize but still sniffed out good enough chances to get back on level terms.  Ramone Reid missed a point-blank header, delightfully set up off an accurate cross just minutes after going behind.  Later on substitute Patrick Brown saw his shot to goal cleared of the line by Mount Pleasant defender Ricardo Campbell in the 88th minute.

“We got one golden opportunity we never capitalised on it.  This is what these games come down to. They had one chance, created out of nothing really, it was just an unfortunate ball to the hand and they scored from the penalty,” said UWI coach Andrew Peart.

“We knew it was always going to be tough because the 17 games they played at home this they went ahead in the first half in 14 of them and never relinquished the lead, so we knew we needed something out of body today,” he added.

“The crowd was not in the game today because they saw our quality and saw that we could score at any moment.”

Promoted Mount Pleasant secured a spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, after a closely contested win over the University of the West Indies at Drax Hall on Sunday.

Heading into Sunday’s second leg the team were locked at 2-2 but a 27th-minute penalty from striker Francios Swaby proved to be decisive in a match the provided few genuine goal-scoring opportunities. 

Mount Pleasant’s crucial breakthrough came about after UWI defender Michael Edwards was deemed to have handled a speculative spot to goal from the edge of the area from Cardel Benbow.  Swaby stepped to the spot to fire the ball high to the right of UWI goalkeeper Amal Knight for his fifth goal of the season.

In a game of limited chances, UWI had a golden opportunity to get back on level terms, but Ramone Reid found only fresh air with an attempted header, from a cross that was accurately whipped into his path.

In the 87th minute UWI had perhaps their best chance of sending the game into extra time but saw that dream crushed after substitute Patrick Brown saw his attempt at goal cleared off the line by man-of-the-match Ricardo Campbell, who provided stout defending throughout the encounter.

Cavalier took a big step towards the semifinal round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after dispatching 10-man Arnett Gardens 3-0, in the first-leg encounter between the teams, at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday.

It was the in-form Cavalier that put the struggling Arnett Gardens on the back foot from the opening whistle.  They claimed a deserved lead in the 15th minute when Chevone Marsh slotted home coolly after an attempted through ball was deflected into his path by an unfortunate defender.

‘The Junglists’ dealt themselves a major self-inflicted wound when goalkeeper Mark Harrison was sent off in the 27th minute.  The custodian was given a straight red card for abusive language directed at the referee.

Despite being a man down, the hosts managed to give a good account of themselves but saw their hopes of damage control unravel late on.  Alex Marshall eventually doubled Cavalier’s lead in the 77th minute, latching on to a poorly cleared effort from Arnett Gardens defender Zhelano Barnes, to beat the goalkeeper in somewhat fortuitous fashion.

Nicholas Hamilton then finished off the match and in all likelihood Arnett’s chances of advancing, after chipping a delightful Marsh through ball over the head of Arnett Gardens goalkeeper Damion Hyatt.

 

 

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