Dinthill pay the penalty
Bridgeport High secured a quarter-final spot in the 2016 edition of the FLOW Super Cup, but were made to fight hard to gain a 1-0 victory over Dinthill Technical at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.
The lone goal of the game came courtesy of a 20th minute penalty kick from Shakeen Powell. The midfielder fired the spot kick down the middle of goal after the Dinthill goalkeeper Troy Taylor moved to his right.
Thereafter, it was practically all Dinthill. Their talisman Kaheem Parris opened up the Bridgeport defence several times in the first half, but they failed to find the back of the net.
And in the 32nd minute, his shot was charged down by a defender after dancing by two other Bridgeport players.
Coming into the game boasting a 100 per cent win record, Dinthill looked the part, especially in midfield, with a series of slick one-touch passes, but they failed to make it count.
On the other hand, Bridgeport were compact in defence as it seemed they were ready from that point to defend their slender but precious one-goal lead.
They made few forays the other side, as Dinthill, through Parris, Harvey, Kimani Pryce and Stephen Brown pressed high upfield in search of the equaliser.
Bridgeport's coach Garnett Lawrence was a happy man at the end of the game.
"We are just thankful to God that we are in the knockout still, especially after playing an excellent Dinthill team," Lawrence said.
"Sometimes all you need is one goal and a little luck, and tonight, we got that," he added.
On a better day, Dinthill would have scored no less than five goals, but after striking the crossbar three times and hitting the upright twice, as well as having the ball cleared off the line two times in quick succession in the 87th and 90th minutes, respectively, it was clear it was not to be Dinthill's night.
"What can I say?" asked defeated Dinthill coach Kevin Williams. "We did it all today and leave here with nothing. Such is football," he said.
The loss is the first time this season the Linstead-based Dinthill have been beaten, but Williams said he is not fazed.
"We are not fazed. Our focus returns to the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis KO, where we hope to push for at least one of those titles," stated Williams.