Wasteful Portmore draw with August Town
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Portmore United and August Town failed to get their fourth-round campaign of avoiding the drop-off on a winning note, as they played to a nil-all draw yesterday at Ferdie Neita Park.
The two teams which have the worst offensive records showed why they are in such precarious a position as they displayed poor finishing on numerous occasions.
The first half had little to offer where goalmouth action was concerned and August Town appeared goal shy as they failed on numerous occasions to get off shots when they were in positions to do so.
However, Portmore would have the last attempt on goal in the first half with Ryan Powell getting off a free header, but he too failed to hit the target.
Powell also got off the first attempt of the second half, another header, but despite being on target his finish lacked placement and power and was easily saved by August Town's custodian, Devon Haughton.
Portmore continued pressing for the elusive goal and a defensive error gave them a golden opportunity when Steven Morrissey had a clear run at goal. But Haughton pulled off a tremendous save with his right leg.
Buoyed by that effort, Portmore took the ascendancy and soon carved out another chance when Morrissey did some excellent work down the left flank, leaving a defender in his wake before laying off to Nicholas Smith, who in trying to be too fancy, placed his effort agonisingly wide.
August Town, now coached by former Reggae Boy Onandi Lowe, managed to get in an attack when Akeem Thenstead squared to an unmarked Mervin Miller, but somehow he managed to miss from point blank range.
In the 78th minute, Ricardo Cousins stroked a 25-yard free kick which brought out another superb save from Haughton.
Cousins finally beat Haughton in the 86th minute, only to see his 35-yard effort rocket back into play off the crossbar.
Portmore United's coach, Neville Bell, was naturally disappointed with not getting all three points.
"We needed the points, so I am disappointed. But we have four more games to go, let's see what happens," said Bell.
"Congrats to August Town, they defended well but I thought we should have won the game," he added.
August Town's assistant coach, Dwight Morgan, was grateful for the point.
"I thought the game could have went anyway but we have to just be grateful for a point and keep playing," said Morgan.