Portmore, UWI in 1-1 draw
Portmore United FC and University of the West Indies (UWI) FC battled to a 1-1 draw in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) All-Island Confederation play-off at the UWI Bowl, Mona, yesterday.
The Portmore team took the lead early when Rodian Jennings kicked a tame shot past UWI's goalkeeper, Jabari Wallace, in the 15th minute. UWI fought back and cancelled that strike courtesy of a penalty converted by Ramoun Reid in the 45th minute.
Former Premier League national champions Portmore started off well with Ewan Grandison, Paul Wilson and Suelae McCalla pulling the strings from midfield. However, UWI gained confidence through goalscorer Reid, Ricardo Tracey and Akeem Thenstead.
Portmore United got some clear chances, but Wallace denied them with some excellent saves that kept his team in the game.
Coach of Portmore Linval 'Rudy' Dixon was satisfied with a point gained on the road.
"Of course, we've to feel pleased with the point earned away. We would have loved to come away with full points, but the point was good,"
"We started on a positive note, but gave up a penalty. We give thanks for the point. Now, the plan is to win our three home games in order to get back into the Premier League," he added.
Meanwhile, Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle, coach of UWI FC, said that after the loss to York United, the point was good.
"We are coming off a loss, so the point today was not a bad one. We made a mistake and gave up a early goal, but the team fought back and scored a penalty. We have to improve in the remaining games going forward," Gayle told The Gleaner.
Both teams gained their first points of the Premier League play-off campaign. UWI had lost their first game last Wednesday, while Portmore led Savannah 2-0 on the same day at Prison Oval before the game was rained out. That match will now be played on Wednesday at the same venue.
In the other game, York United and Savannah Sports Club ended in a 0-0 draw at Frome Complex in Westmoreland.
York lead the four-team play-off race on four points from two games, followed by Portmore, UWI and Savannah on a point apiece.