Determined Reno sink H View
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Reno FC of Westmore-land, which played a vast portion of the game with nine players - following two ejections - demonstrated deter-mination throughout the Flow Champions Cup semi-final game against Harbour View and eventually won 9-8 in a penalty-kick decider at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town on Sunday night.
The teams battled to a 1-1 draw following regulation and extra-time.
The Patrick Graham-coached Reno battled all the way in a dramatic encounter and will now face Montego Bay United in the final.
Reno went behind when Harbour View's striker, Jermie Lynch, was gifted a goal by custodian Dennis Taylor in the 11th minute. Taylor astonishingly played the ball to Lynch, who kicked into an unprotected net.
The Westmoreland-based club equalised courtesy of substitute Romaine Lewis' powerful free-kick in the 66th minute.
Another Reno substitute, Linval Lewis Jr, was ejected by FIFA referee Courtney Campbell in the 70th minute after two bookable offences.
weak penalty effort
Then in the first minute of extra-time, Reno's goalie, Taylor, picked up a second yellow card and was sent off the field. A penalty was awarded for the foul.
However, an unexpected twist took place when midfielder Codean Smikle was sent into the goalkeeping position as Reno had already made three substitutions.
Smikle's first order of business was to save a penalty against Harbour View's John Ross Edwards. The stand-in 'keeper started his heroics with a save from a weak effort from the national player.
The game was sent into penalty-kicks and Reno won 9-8 after Smikle saved a penalty kick from Harbour View's goalkeeper, Michaud Barrett, that triggered wild celebrations among the Reno faithful, making Smikle the hero of the night.
Reno's penalty scorers were the nine remaining players on the pitch - Craig Foster, Leonard Rankine, Rondell Morris, Romaine Lewis, Smikle, Kayce Broomfield, Xavion Anderson, Alburn Facey and Riando Vassell.
For Harbour View, the scorers were Nicholas Beckett, Rosario Harriott, Rennico Clarke, John-Ross Edwards, Jermie Lynch, Michael Hinds, Damion Harwood, and Damian Anderson.