Jarrett's spectacular strike hands Reno win over Cavalier
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: Reno FC of Westmoreland, playing without top striker Craig Foster - who is out on national duty - claimed another top scalp in the 2014 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), as fringe player André Jarrett gave them a 1-0 win over Cavalier SC at Frome Sports Complex yesterday.
Foster was missed for his speed and scoring form upfront, but Jarrett made up for that with a wonderful strike to settle the contest.
Victory, their third over quality opposition this season, took Reno to 14 points left head coach Patrick Graham delighted.
"I am very happy with the performance today (yesterday)," he said. "The fact that we won the match with our best goal-getter gives me a certain joy. "We are improving with every game and that is important.
played in patches
"Cavalier played in patches and it gave us time to settle and play our game and that was a great goal from André," said Graham.
The goal was one of pure class. Picking up a pass just about midway the Cavalier half and with defenders zonal-marking, he controlled the pass from Orane Warren and made a beautiful strike in the 52nd minute.
Reno threatened to score again four minutes later, but this time defender Rondell Morris headed wide of goal.
Cavalier, which came into the fixture second in the standings on 17 points, took control early, but just could not find a way of making their dominance show by way of goals.
Their leading scorer and captain, Girvon Brown, never looked comfortable up front as the Reno defenders - led by their captain Alburn Facey - took care of business at their end of the field.
The Corporate Area team's Nicholas Hamilton and Jerome Smith looked lively in attack, but only in spurts as they held the ascendancy through superior ball possession in a goalless first half.
The home team was impressive in the second half as Jarrett, Romaine Lewis, Foster's replacement and Denmark Gillings began taking aim at the Cavalier goal.
Not long after the break, the goal they sought finally came when a moment of ascendency was completed with Jarrett's wonderful strike.
"It was the worst game I have seen from us this season, it is hard to explain why we played so badly," declared Cavalier's head coach, Rudolph Speid.
"The distance to travel may have something to do with that, but still we were expecting a much better showing. We just have to go back to the drawing board and come again," he said.