Reno step closer with 3-0 win
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Former national champions Reno stayed on course to emerge champions of the Captain's Bakery and Grill Western Super League football competition on Wednesday afternoon, when they blanked Exidos 3-0 to remain three points clear atop the standings with three rounds to go in the 12-team competition.
In a clinical performance, the Wendell Downswell-coached Reno got their goals from Craig Foster, Omar Dallas and substitute Nyron Davis, in the match at Bounty Hall Community Centre, Trelawny.
The unbeaten Reno team, which has had 17 wins and two draws in their 19 games, moved up to 53 points, three more than second-place Seba United, which is the only team with a realistic chance of catching them in the race for the coveted title and a place in the Digicel Premier League qualifiers.
"The playing surface was a little below par and it made passing the ball around difficult," said Reno's assistant coach, Michael Graham. "However, the important thing is the fact that we got all three points and a few goals as well."
After dominating the early action, Reno took the lead in the 43rd minute when Foster capitalised on a defensive error and fired out of the reach of goalkeeper Jerome Williams, making the half-time score 1-0.
With Exidos offering token resistance, Reno doubled their lead in the 57th minute when Dallas pounced on a superb cross by Orane Warren and buried a perfect header into the back of the net, making the score 2-0.
Substitute Davis made the final score 3-0 in the 87th minute, when he side-footed past the goalkeeper from close range.
Small chance of winning
Seba United, whose only chance of winning the competition rests with Reno dropping points in their next three games, kept their hopes alive with a 1-0 win against Petersfield, at Petersfield Community Centre.
The Seba United team, with 16 wins, two draws and one defeat in their 19 games, are now on 50 points.
In the bottom half of the standings, where only one relegation place is left following the withdrawal of Hanover's Prosper, Violet Kickers continued to advertise themselves as the prime candidate to be demoted as a 2-1 loss to Montpelier left them in 11th place on 12 points.
In other games played on Wednesday, Frome and Bamboo ended 0-0, Granville clipped Catherine Hall 1-0, while Wadadah got three free points and three goals at the expense of Prosper, which called it quits two rounds ago on account of what has been a miserable season.
The current point standings read as follows: Reno 53, Seba United 50, Bamboo 33, Frome 32, Catherine Hall 32, Granville 29, Montpelier 23, Wadadah 18, Exidos 17, Petersfield 15 and Violet Kickers 12.