Promoted Vere United stun defending champs Portmore United

By Sports Desk September 08, 2019

Promoted Vere United got life in the Red Stripe Premier League off to flying start after handing defending champions Portmore United a shock 2-0 loss, at Drax Hall, on Sunday.

The defeat also prolonged a troubling start to the new season for the defending champions Portmore, who opened up their title defense with another stunner, a 3-0 loss to another promoted team, Molynes United. 

Molynes, on the other hand, showed that their opening result was perhaps no fluke after registering a 3-2 win over UWI.  It was UWI who seemed on their way to a comfortable win after first-half goals from Jabari Hylton in the 5th and 47th minute gave them a 2-0 lead.

 The new boys, however, hit back hard as goals from Nicholas Nelson in the 53rd and 72nd, sandwiched by another from Fabiki Farquharson (59th), completed a remarkable comeback.   Farquharson, however, ruined a storybook ending when he was sent off in the 88th minute. 

Tivoli Gardens’ slow start to the season also continued when they were beaten 1-0 by rivals Arnett Gardens, at the Edward Seaga Stadium.  Damari Deacon got the all-important goal for the visitors in the 88th minute. 

In other matches, Kemar Beckford netted in the 71st minute for Mount Pleasant, an attempt that canceled out an earlier goal from Humble Lion’s Rohan Richards (33) as the teams shared the points in a 1-1 draw.  Elsewhere, Stephen Williams found the back in the net for Waterhouse in the 4th minute as they handed Dunbeholden a 1-0 loss.


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