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.

Cardel Benbow got the crucial goal for Mount Pleasant as they made ground on the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders on Sunday.

The slippery Benbow found the back of the net in the 15th minute with Dunbeholden unable to find a way back into the game.  The hosts were reduced to 10-men in the 88-minute when Shevan James received a second yellow card.

League leaders Waterhouse were forced to battle from behind to earn a share of the points.

Shai Smith gave Portmore United an unexpected lead in the 19th minute but Colorado Murray finally managed to pull the teams level with a goal in the 75th minute.

Second place Molynes United were also forced to settled for a share of the points but were pegged back after Sergeni Frankson 26th minute penalty established an early lead.  Newton Sterling found the back of the net for a second straight week, however, after Tivoli struck back in the 45th minute.

In other games, Cavalier and Vere United played to a 0-0 draw while Humble Lion and UWI also had to settle for splitting the points after playing to a 1-1 tie.  Renae Lloyd put UWI in the lead in the 20th but Thorn Simpson brought the home team back on level terms 10 minutes later.

 

Cavalier handed promoted Molynes United their first loss of the season with a 3-1 drubbing in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday.

The RSPL newcomers have enjoyed a rosy start to life in the top flight, winning their first six games of the season before drawing with Harbour View last weekend.  Cavalier were determined to ensure that they did mount a quick recovery and dominated throughout the encounter.

Chevonne Marsh gave the visitors an early lead in the 22nd minute and with the match heading towards halftime, Keithy Simpson doubled that advantage with his goal in the 42nd minute.  The game seemed to be well and truly over by the time Nicholas Hamilton added a third goal in the 82nd minute but Anthony Greenland got a consolation goal for the hosts in stoppage time.

 Elsewhere, league leaders Waterhouse failed to take advantage of the Molynes United slip-up as they were themselves hammered 3-1 by Mount Pleasant.  Jourdaine Fletcher put the hosts in the lead in the 40th minute, with Francios Swaby doubling that lead just five minutes later.  Andre Fletcher, however, made things interesting when he found the back of the net in the 81st minute, setting up the potential of a grandstand finish.  The two-goal advantage was restored when Kesslon Hall struck in time added on.

Tivoli Gardens left things late but still grabbed all three points when Davian Garrison found the back of the net in the 82nd minute.  In other matches, Humble Lions and Harbour View played to a 0-0 draw at Effortville, while UWI and Vere United played to a 1-1 draw at UWI bowl.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

A dramatic last-minute goal from Humble Lion’s Levaughn Williams handed the team a 1-0 win against Mount Pleasant at Drax Hall on Sunday, a second loss of the season for the promoted team.

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.

A red-hot start to the Red Stripe Premier League continued for newcomers Mount Pleasant as they added last year’s beaten finalist Waterhouse to a list of victims following a 1-0 win at Drax Hall on Sunday.

Newly promoted Mount Pleasant got life in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) off to perfect start following a shock 2-1 win over defending champions Portmore United at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday.

With the assurance that its title sponsor isn’t going anywhere, the Red Stripe Premier League  (RSPL) will kick off the 2018/2019 season on Sunday, September 16, with defending champions Portmore United playing newcomers Mount Pleasant at the Prison Oval in St. Catherine.

The new season was launched during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Jamaica Football Federation on Thursday.

The Portmore/Mount Pleasant match is among five matches set for 3:30 pm (4:30 ECT) on the opening day. Reno plays Cavalier FC at Frome Sports Complex, 2015 champions Montego Bay United will take on Tivoli Gardens at Wespow Park, while UWI FC tackles Harbour View FC at the UWI Mona Bowl.

Later on Sunday, Arnett Gardens FC will host Humble Lion FC at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 7:00 pm.

The Monday night game will feature Waterhouse FC against the other newcomer Dunbeholden FC at 8:35 pm.

Last season,  a dispute between the JFF and the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) threatened to derail the season and raised fears about whether Red Stripe would continue its sponsorship of the league.

On Thursday, Diane Ashton-Smith Head of Corporate Relations at Red Stripe assured stakeholders that the title sponsors were staying put.

“This season, we will continue to support this amazing league. Despite what you may have heard, Red Stripe is not pulling out of football,” she declared while speaking on behalf of Red Stripe Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio.

“We have decided to make some changes to how we show up at football matches – particularly in terms of activations, and only for the first few months of the season. But our contractual commitment to the PLCA remains the same. Our commitment to broadcasting the games remains the same, and our commitment to developing the sport is as strong as it has ever been.”

She also announced that the company was resuming the Player Development Programme that is geared towards the holistic development of players in the RSPL.

“We look forward to the resumption of the Player Development Programme, which will include a focus on giving back this year in keeping with our own focus at Red Stripe,” she said.

“This year, as a company, Red Stripe celebrates 100 years of operations in Jamaica and we decided that rather than have a big party, we would give back to communities that have supported us throughout these 100 years.

“So we launched 100 For A Century – an initiative through which we are giving 100 gifts to Jamaican causes and communities from July to December this year.”

 

 

 

 

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