Waterhouse extended their lead at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a 2-1 win over Molynes United in a top-of-the-table clash at Drewsland on Sunday.

In a strong showing against the recently struggling promoted team.  Kenroy Howell settled the team’s early nerves after finding the back of the net in the 26th minute.  Colorado Murray then crucially extended the lead in the 55th minute, leaving Molynes with a mountain to climb.  Waterhouse failed to capture an elusive clean sheet, however, after conceding a penalty in time added on.  The effort was dispatched by Jeremy Nelson.  The loss was the third in a row for Molynes United who opened the season winning their first six.

Mount Pleasant recorded a third straight win following a 2-1 win away to promoted Vere United.  The hosts took the lead from the spot after Kemar Beckford put away a 40th-minute penalty.  Vere were back on even terms seven minutes later when Xahne Reid converted penalty of their own.  Jourdaine Fletcher, however, managed to break the tie when he found the back of the net in the 60th minute.  Humble Lion maintained their five-match unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win over Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium.  Andrew Vanzie put the visitors in the lead in the 42nd minute with Andre Clennon adding the team’s insurance goal in the 73rd.  Newton Sterling got a consolation goal for Tivoli nine minutes later.

Elsewhere a Zhelano Barnes brace led UWI to come from behind 2-2 with Harbour View.  Tevin Scott gave the visitors the lead in the 12th minute but Barnes found the back of the net first-half stoppage time and early in the second half.  Norman Campbell, however, struck to restore parity in the 67th minute.  Cavalier and Portmore United played to a 0-0 draw.

 

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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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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