Reno hope for ‘great escape’ in Red Stripe Premier League
Reno FC stung Waterhouse 3-0 with a brace from Kevon Walker in a crucial Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Frome Sports Complex yesterday.
Victory gave the club a fighting chance of staying in the league.
Meanwhile, at Wespow Park, league champions Montego Bay United were surprised 2-1 by Cavalier SC and missed a chance to seal early qualification to the semi-finals, with two rounds of matches remaining.
Girvon Brown netted a double for Cavalier, scoring at the 16th and 64th minutes for Cavalier, who are chasing a semi-final spot. National striker Dino Williams scored in the 25th minute for MoBay United.
third on 52 points
The latter remained third on 52 points - two behind Waterhouse - while Cavalier stayed seventh though advancing to 43 points.
Reno's chance of survival was made a little easier as fourth from bottom Boys' Town's handed 10th place Sporting Central a stinging 2-1 defeat at Collie Smith Oval, which lifted the Reds to safety at 40.
Sporting stayed at 33, while Reno climbed to 31.
"The dream is alive and now we will just have to win the next two matches and see what happens," said Reno's technical director, Wendell Downswell.
"Today, we showed grit and determination and concentration the whole game to come away with these very important points for which I am very happy," he said.
The Westmoreland club scored two goals in the span of two minutes from Jason McLean in minute 42. Fellow midfielder Kevin Walker netted his team's second just before the half-time break, turning the ball past Waterhouse goalkeeper Richard McCallum to make the score 2-0.
Walker added his second in the 74th minute.
"The result is brilliant for us, even moreso that Sporting lost. Walker played a tactically beautiful game to score twice and this may be what is needed as we seek to remain in the league," said Downswell.
"It has been a really tough season of football in the league for the club, but with a few games left, we will have to give it our all and hope everything else falls into place. Perhaps a great escape is not beyond us," he added. "... Now we are almost at the end of a long season with our backs against the wall. The victory will give the players that needed confidence going into the last two fixtures."