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Defending Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore United temporarily returned to the top of the table following a comfortable 2-0 over Humble Lion at Effortville on Sunday.

After dropping points in their previous two games, the title holders must have been champing at the bit to get on the scoresheet.  They did not have to wait very long to do so as Ryan Wellington found the back of the net after just four minutes.  Andre Lewis made the game safe for Portmore, with the half approaching when he bulged the net in the 41st minute.

Elsewhere Fabian Reid’s second-half strike saw Arnett Gardens snap a two-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Reno.  Arnett took the lead through defender Jabeur Johnson in the 56th minute but saw that advantage cancelled out when Renario Downswell found an equalizer for the hosts in the 63rd.  Reid, however, gave the visitors the points 13 minutes later as they moved to 5th place.  Promoted Mount Pleasant also returned to winning ways following a comfortable 2-0 victory over former champions Montego Bay at Drax Hall.  Daniel Green gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute and David Swaby finished things off in the 77th.

Tivoli Gardens were denied a third straight win after they were held 1-1 by promoted Dunbeholden at Spanish Town Prison Oval.  Jermaine Johnson gave Tivoli the lead in first-half stoppage time but Nardo Brown got the home team back in level terms in the 74th minute. 

In the day's other game Keithy Simpson (28), Andre McFarlane (69th) and Kenroy Howell (84th) were all on the scoresheet as Waterhouse hammered Harbour View 3-1 at Harbour View Stadium.  Shemar Nairne got the loan consolation goal for the home team in time added on.

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.

Cavalier scored two goals in three minutes to ruin Christmas for Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) defending champions Portmore United who head into the festive season in second spot following a 2-1 loss at Stadium East.

It seemed for a long period of Sunday’s encounter that the title holders would head into the holiday at the top of the table, following a 16th-minute goal from Chavanney Willis.  However, they were left stunned when a Nicholas Nelson 65th minute strike levelled the score before an Alex Marshall penalty completely turned the game on its head.

The biggest benefactors from Portmore’s demised were Waterhouse who earlier delivered a stinging 3-0 defeat to Montego Bay United at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.  Waterhouse took the lead through Rafeik Thomas in the 11th minute, before goals from.

 Kenroy Howell (87th) and Denaro Thomas (90+4) made all three points a surety.

As a result, it is Waterhouse who head into the holidays at the top of the table with 34 points, one ahead of second place Portmore and three ahead of third place Cavalier.  In other matches, Harbour View secured back to back wins for the first time in several games, following a 2-0 over Mount Pleasant at Drax Hall.  Tivoli Gardens secured a 2-0 away win at UWI, while Reno and Humble Lion played to a 2-2 draw.  

It promises to be business as usual for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this weekend as JFF referee’s department manager Victor Stewart has confirmed the officials will be available for the fixtures.

Only one of the six games scheduled for the RSPL’s round of 18 matches were played as the unavailability of officials led to the postponement of other fixtures planned.

Stewart pointed to injuries of some match officials as a contributing factor to the personnel shortage.  He also mentioned the fact that referees had not been paid in two months and disrespect of officials buy club administrators as other major causes for concern. Stewart was confident this weekend, however, that the officials would return to the pitches as the body would be able to field second-tier officials.

“Those referees that are in the second tier will be available once we give them adequate notice and they are on standby,” Stewart told the SportsMax Zone.

“We will give them adequate notice and should be sending out the appointments for Sunday’s round of games,” he added.

Women’s World Cup-bound assistant referee Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing has credited officiating male football in Jamaica’s local Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with helping to develop a sense of calm and tolerance.

The 36-old Yee Sing will be part of a trio, which will also include compatriot Princess Brown and Canadian teammate Marie-Soleil Beaudoin who will head to the premier women’s football tournament next year. 

After a strong performance at the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup last month the duo of Yee Sing and Brown have already been tested on the big stage and head into the tournament with plenty of experience.

Back home, however, they have also logged plenty of miles in the rough and tumble, high-pressure environment of the RSPL.  An environment that can be said to have few equals.  Whether it’s coming face to face with irate players or rowdy fans spewing vitriol, Yee Sing insists the environment has taught her an fellow female officials to keep their composure in high-pressure situations.

“The boys are tough, but we learn tolerance and patience with them,” Yee Sing said in an interview on the SportsMax Zone.

“We just have to remain calm because we are in limelight.  Everyone is looking at our decisions, so we just have to put on a face and be our best,” she added.

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.

 

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.   

 

Defending champions Portmore United kept their lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over promoted Dunbeholden at Royal Lakes Complex on Sunday.

A Chavanney Willis brace made all the difference for the title holders, with the second coming late on, but early on it was defender Clayon Pusey that threaten to turn the St Catherine derby on its head when he found the back of the net in the 28th minute. 

The last-place team managed to keep the league leaders contained until the 63rd minute when forward Chavanney Willis found the back of the net.  Roshane Sharpe then gave the visitors the lead just a minute later, but Dunbeholden clawed their way back into a share of the points when Nikoy Christian levelled the scores in the 82nd minute. 

Willis, however, struck again to leave Dunbeholden empty-handed.

At Drax Hall, Mount Pleasant kept pace with leaders but also seemed set for a draw until a late goal from Daniel Green gave the team all three points in the 90th minute.

Elsewhere, Tivoli Gardens recent slump in form continued when they were beaten 2-0 by Cavalier.  Nicholas Hamilton gave Cavalier the lead in the 59th minute, with Alex Marshall doubling the lead in the 85th minute.   In other matches, Montego Bay United played to a 1-1 draw with Waterhouse and Humble Lion defeated Reno 1-0.

Portmore United temporarily returned to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) table following a 1-0 win over Montego Bay United at Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday.

Ricardo Morris scored the crucial goal for the defending champions in the 43rd minute, a result which ended a three-game winless streak.  Elsewhere, Arnett Garden moved into the top three after a dramatic late goal from Lamar Nelson lifted them past promoted Mount Pleasant.  The win was the second in row for Arnett, a team that had got off to an indifferent start. 

Despite going down to 10 men following the dismissal of Kemar Flemmings, UWI also managed to secure three points against another promoted team, Dunbeholden.  With the UWI short a man, the matched seemed headed for a stalemate, that is until Michael Heaven found the back of the net in the 88th minute.

In the day’s other game, Cavalier and Humble Lion played to a 0-0 draw.  Tivoli Gardens will have the opportunity to retake the RSPL lead when they face Waterhouse at Drewsland on Monday in the final match of the round.

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. 

Defending champions Portmore United continued a steady recovery from their opening day stumble, after registering a 3-2 win over struggling Arnett Gardens to stay perched atop the Red Stripe Premier League table on Sunday.

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.

Former champions Tivoli Gardens made it three wins in a row following a 1-0 win over promoted Dunbeholden at the Edward Seaga Stadium on Sunday.

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