Reno inch closer to title
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Former national champions Reno pulled within a point of qualifying for the 2010-11 Digicel Premier League play-off tournament on Sunday, when they spanked Catherine Hall 6-0 to move four points clear atop the standings in the 12-team competition, with two rounds of matches to go.
In what was yet another dominant performance by the unbeaten Wendell Downswell-coached Reno aggregation, striker Sheldon Bryan (three goals), the prolific Craig Foster (two) and substitute Nyron Davis made the important conversions.
The loss for fifth-place Catherine Hall was their heaviest in what is their debut season in the competition.
"We know that our fate lies in our own hands and that once we avoid defeat we will take home this title," said Reno's assistant coach, Michael Graham.
"With just another two games against Bamboo and Montpelier we just need one point to seal the title."
Reno, whose impressive record this season reads 18 wins and two draws in 20 games, moved up to 56 points, four ahead of second-place Seba United, the only team with any chance of catching them.
Seba, hoping to win big against Frome to keep the pressure on Reno, suffered a major setback when they were held to what amounts to an almost title-ending 1-1 draw, on their home turf at the Lion's Den, Montego Bay.
In fact, the situation could have been worse for Seba United as they trailed 1-0 going into the half-time break. However, a late strike by Kemar James gave them the draw and lifted their points tally to 51. Their season record now reads 16 wins, three draws and one defeat.
"Yes, we still have a chance because Reno could lose their next two games and we win our last two," said Kareen Kelly, administrator for the Seba club. "However, realistically, we know that such a situation is unlikely to happen as we can't see a team that has not lost all season suddenly losing two games."
In other games played on Sunday, third-place Bamboo recorded their 10th win of the season, beating sixth-place Granville 3-1; while 10th-placed Petersfield spanked 11th-placed Violet Kickers 2-0 to push them closer into the relegation zone. The game between Wadadah and Montpelier was not played because of the unsuitable state of the West Green playing field.
'We know that our fate lies in our own hands and that once we avoid defeat we will take home this title.'