Village's 'best game' too good for wasteful Portmore
Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer
The Brazilian coach of Village United, Nedeir Dos Santos, said that Sunday night's 2-0 win over second end-of-round champions, Portmore United, in the Digicel Premier League football match at Ferdie Neita Park, was their "best game" since he took charge of the Trelawny-based club.
Village punished wasteful Portmore through goals in either half by Mauracio Gordon (10th) and Dino Williams (90+).
"I think it was a good game, it's the best game we played since I took over," Santos told The Gleaner in an interview after the match.
"Actually, for the first 20 minutes of the first half we played a brand of quality football, but we could not manage to play that way for 90 minutes and I think that is a thing we need to work on," added Santos.
The Brazilian, who begun the job at Village in a 2-1 loss against Benfica in the second round, added: "The game we played in the first 20 minutes when we capitalised with a goal, it was about ball possession, quick passing and they (Portmore) could not do much. After that, they put some pressure (on us), they have some players that are very fast, but we managed to be safe at the back and exploited the counterattack and we were rewarded with the last goal at the end of the game."
Portmore, who missed five chances in the first half and another two in the second, were left to pay for their indiscretions in front of their opponents' goal.
Thus, Village jolted them from the peak of the standings as the Sunshine City team remained on 41 points and Village moved to 25. Tivoli are sole leaders of the league with 44 points, after they defeated Sporting Central Academy 1-0.
Linval Dixon, the head coach of Portmore, blamed their demise on poor finishing.
"We got a lot of chances in the first half where we should have scored, but we never did. Such is the nature of the game. Unfortunately, we lost the game today and we have to bounce back," said Dixon.
"It is really a painful defeat, but at the end of it we gave a good fight. We really worked hard but didn't get the goal," Dixon admitted.
In two other games on Sunday night, St Georges Sports Club and Harbour View played to a 0-0 draw at Lynch Park, while Arnett Gardens and Reno finished 1-1 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
The tie left Harbour View fifth on 38 points, while St Georges are still bottom of the 12-team championship on 21.
At Arnett, Reno led at the 18th minute through Craig Foster's goal, before Garfield Gillespie equalised at the 41st minute for the hosts, which remained seventh, on 31 points. Reno are on 29.