St Georges win scuffle among cellar teams
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Bottom-placed St Georges Sports Club grabbed three vital points off fellow strugglers Village United, when they scored a good 1-0 win in Sunday's Digicel Premier League clash between the 'cellar dwellers', at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay.
By virtue of their win, the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached St Georges aggregation, whose lone goal came courtesy of Romeo Parkes, has now moved up to 20 points, one adrift the Village United team, which was suffering their 10th defeat in the 21 games they have played this season.
"We came here today knowing that we needed to win if we want to get closer to the teams that are just above us in the standings," said Maxwell.
"We did not make use of all the opportunities we got, but we are thankful that we got the three points we wanted," he added.
For Village United, which played without several senior players on account of an alleged rift between management and players, their Brazilian coach Neirer Dos Santos said, while he was disappointed with the result, he was somewhat encouraged by the way the team played.
"We had control of the game, but our opponents got one good chance and scored a beautiful goal," said Dos Santos.
"Overall, I believe our performance was good as we showed a lot of improvements over our last game, unfortunately the result of the game was not good for us," he added.
The Village United team had much the better of the early exchanges, and squandered two early opportunities to take the lead. In the eighth minute, Dino Williams got away before the goal, but lifted his shot over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Andreas Nickles pounced on a loose ball before the goal, but hooked his shot wide.
With Village having the ascendancy and St Georges only attacking in spurts, the Portland team took the lead against the run of play with a spectacular strike in the 40th minute.
Parkes latched onto a ball some 30 yards from goal and fired a savage shot, which flew over the goalkeeper's head and into the goal, making the half-time score 1-0.
In second-half action, St Georges just missed doubling their lead in the 70th minute. Donovan Davis worked his way into the Village United penalty area, but with several defenders snapping at his heels, he hastily hooked his shot wide of the target.
Good back-to-back chances
Village United got good back-to-back chances in the 75th and 77th minutes, but wasted both. Firstly, André Williams got a clear shot on goal, but cleared the crossbar with his shot. Secondly, Lance Laing fired off target, after winning a free kick just outside the penalty area.
Reacting to his team's less-than-desirable standing in the 12-team competition, Dos Santos said that he will be looking to the transfer market, with a view to securing the services of a few quality players, to help strengthen his Village United team.
"We are in an uncomfortable position at this time and we need to strengthen the team if we hope to move up the standings," said Dos Santos. "We will be looking to get a few quality players because this team really needs to strengthen."