Portmore United of Jamaica did not get the start that they wanted in Group B of the 2020 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, as they fell 4-0 to Atletico Pantoja on Wednesday night at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Kingston, Jamaica.

Nevertheless, Portmore United boss Ricardo Gardner was able to take some positives away from his team’s performance against the Dominican Republic side and use those to their benefit in Sunday’s key clash with Arcahaie of Haiti.

“It was definitely not the result that we wanted, but I don’t think the final result gave the match justice,” said Gardner in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.

“I think we had a decent performance, it’s just that we gave up some soft goals and didn’t put away our chances, but there were some positives to take away and we must take those positives into the next game from which we’ll need three points.”

In particular, Gardner wants to see his players have better and faster circulation of the ball in order to open spaces and have chances at goal.

“We have to move the ball quicker, we have to break the lines a little bit quicker, capitalize on our opportunities, and at the other end keep a clean sheet,” said Gardner.

Above all, Gardner preached a message of optimism to his players following the defeat on Wednesday and stressed that the only thing that matters now is Sunday’s affair.

“My message was that all is not lost, the Pantoja game is behind us, there is nothing we can do about it. We definitely can do something about the next one coming up and we just have to take the positives from this game and make sure we perform to the best of our ability, both individually and collectively as a group,” concluded Gardner.

Defending champions Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens scored victories on Sunday during round 16 of the Red Stripe Premier League.

Waterhouse FC’s to go one better in this season’s Red Stripe Premier League continues to look promising after last year’s runners up, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Humble Lion at the Effortville Community Centre, moved to 30 points.

Waterhouse’s lead is now eight points after second-place Mount Pleasant lost 2-0 to RSPL defending champions Portmore United.

National representative Cory Burke scored a brace to help the champions keep momentum that is now four games strong. They are now on 18 points and up to sixth place in the standings.

Molynes United, continued to struggle, losing 3-0 to Vere United at the Wembley Centre of Excellence but they are still third on 20 points.

Cavalier SC now lie ninth in the table on 15 points after they were held 1-1 by 10th place University of the West Indies, who now have 12 points.

In the day’s late game, Duneholden, who began the day ninth, are now up to seventh with 17 points, leapfrogging Harbour View, who drop to eighth on 16.

A horrific start to the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season continued for defending champions Portmore United after they were beaten 1-0 by Dunbeholden at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday.

The loss was the third in a row for Portmore who remain second from bottom and are yet to even score a goal.  This time around the damage was done by Dean-Andre Thomas who scored from the penalty spot for Dunbeholden in first-half stoppage time. 

Tivoli Gardens, another struggling former champion, also continued their wait to get on the points board after Keslon Hall found the back of the net in the 85th minute for their opponents Mount Pleasant.

After back to wins, Harbour View saw their momentum slowed to a crawl when they were hammered 7-0 by table-topping Waterhouse.  The onslaught was led by braces from Conrad Murray (36th, 50th minute), Kenroy Howell (19th 38th) and Stephen Williams (43rd, 62nd)  with the other goal coming from Andre Fletcher (21st).

At the other end of the spectrum, newcomers Molynes United continued a strong start to the season after earning their third straight win.  Defender Jeremy Nelson found the back of the net in the 22nd minute.  Elsewhere Cavalier and Humble Lion played to a 1-1 draw.

 

 

 

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.

 

Red Stripe Premier League Champions Portmore United qualified for the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night when they drew 1-1 with Waterhouse FC in the final of the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship played at Stadium East in Kingston.

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.

Waterhouse Football has issued an apology for their role in the unfortunate turn of events that marred the ending the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League season at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

Portmore United coach Shavar Thomas believes the team’s ability to enforce their will on challengers Waterhouse was a crucial component of successfully defending the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Monday night.

Portmore emerged the victors from a tempestuous affair courtesy of a 51st-minute strike from Ricardo Morrison.  The title holders had, however, dominated the proceedings before then and were perhaps good value for the eventual lead.

“We came here to enforce our will, bossing the game and keeping possession and that’s not Waterhouse’s style and it forced them to think,” Thomas said.

“It was important we kept that momentum heading into the second half and that’s what brought us the goal.  We kept possession, lulled them to sleep and waited for the right time and it was the right time,” he added.

“We practised and trained for every eventuality and everything they threw at us we were able to deal with.”    

The victory saw the defending champions add the title to claiming the league, which they won by four points.  Waterhouse were also the second-place team on that occasion.

Jamaica is to host the 2019 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships from May 12-19, 2019 at the Stadium East in Kingston.

Surging Portmore United registered a fifth straight Red Stripe Premier League win, following a 1-0 triumph over UWI, despite going down to 10-men in the encounter on Sunday.

The defending champions looked to have found themselves in a tight spot after Damano Thomas received a straight red card in the 68th minute.  Their nerves were soon settled, however, after striker Javon East converted a 76th-minute penalty to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

The race to avoid the drop tightened at the other end of the table, when Leslie St Fleur netted a crucial late goal for Montego Bay United for a 2-1 win over Reno. In the relegation six pointer, Dwayne Ambusley put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute but Donovan Brown brought Reno back on level terms in the 59th minute.

The result moved Montego Bay, who are currently in the relegation zone with Reno to within one of Harbour View.  The Stars of the East saw the distance between themselves and the relegation zone lessen following a 1-1 draw with Tivoli.  Tevin Scott gave Habour View the start they dreamt of after just three minutes but Tivoli pegged things back nine minutes later when Colorado Murray brought the visitors on level terms. 

Promoted Dunbeholden also failed to add to their buffer and remain just one point above Harbour View following a 1-1 draw with Cavalier.  In a hot-tempered affair, Nicholas Hamilton and Dunbeholden’s Kemo Gayle were both ejected from the pitch 30 minutes into the encounter.  Luke Rankine then put host Cavalier ahead in the 41st minute but Dunbeholder struck back early in the first half through Lorenzo Dubidad.  Despite Jeremy Nelson receiving a second yellow card in the 63rd minute to leave Cavalier down to nine men, Dunbeholden failed to press home the advantage.  Elsewhere, Mount Pleasant registered a 1-0 over Humble Lion.

A stoppage-time goal from Roshane Sharpe snatched all three points for defending champions Portmore United but deepened relegation concerns for Reno, in a thrilling Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter at Frome on Sunday.

Javon East gave the title holders a bullet start when he netted with just two minutes on the clock.  It didn’t take long for Renario Downswell to get the hosts back on level terms as he netted in the 10th minute.

 Earon Elliot put Portmore back in front with his goals just four minutes later but Downswell against answered to send the teams into the dressing room level at the break.  East popped up against to score in the 77th minute before Sharpe crushed any hopes of a late Reno fightback with a last-minute goal of his own.

Elsewhere, Montego Bay failed to take full advantage of Reno’s slip-up after being held to a 1-1 draw at Effortville.  Keneil Kirlew put the visitors in the front from the penalty spot in the 3rd minute but Jermaine Christian ensured a share of the points with his 47th-minute reply.  The result kept Humble Lion rooted to the bottom of the table. Dunbeholden secured what proved to be a vital point away at Harbour View and in fact led through Richard Orette who scored in the 47th minute.  Rennico Clarke, however, ensured that the home team got at least a share of the points with a reply in the 64th.

In other games, Mount Pleasant retained their place in the top four following a 2-1 win over Tivoli, while Arnett Gardens and UWI played to a 2-2 draw.

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.

Former champions Montego Bay United pulled off an upset on Sunday when they defeated newcomers Mount Pleasant FC 1-0 in Red Stripe Premier League action on Sunday.

Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Portmore United continued the trend of netting late wins, this time flooring promoted Dunbeholden 1-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday.

Striker Javon East scored his 5th goal of the season which gave the surging defending champions their fifth consecutive win.  The 84th-minute goal kept in the meantime kept Dunbeholden rooted to the bottom of the table, having lost three of their last five.  Elsewhere Harbour View’s wretched run of form also continued following a 2-2 draw with Humble Lions, which also left them winless in their last five. The Stars of the East led after Shemar Nairne found the back of the net in the 47th minute.  Oneil Thompson brought Humble Lion back on level terms three minutes later.  Nairne once again gave the former champions the lead in the 84th minute but they were again clawed back when Gregory Lewis responded in the 88th.

At Frome, Reno and Montego Bay also shared the points in a 1-1 draw.  Montego Bay took the lead through Jermaine Woozencroft but Rondell Morris got Reno a share of the points in the 53rd minute.  At UWI Alex Marshall got the lone goal as Cavalier handed the hosts their fifth consecutive loss.  In the late game, a Rafeik Thomas double secured Waterhouse a 2-1 win away at Tivoli.   

 

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