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Lewis excited for'massive three points'

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

Defender Rickardo Harriott's fourth-minute goal on Sunday night struck two major blows in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when Portmore United met Montego Bay United at Ferdie Neita Park.

It opened a commanding 10-point gap for the leaders over nearest rivals Waterhouse, which drew 0-0 with third-place Boys' Town, and brought Montego Bay United's unbeaten streak to an end at 17.

With the win, their 16th from 27 matches, Portmore United moved up to 54 points - 10 ahead of Waterhouse - which inched up to 44, while Boys' Town added a point to increase their tally to 43, one ahead of the Tivoli Gardens, who were due to meet Harbour View last night.

Following their loss, Montego Bay United remained in seventh position on 35 points, just outside their immediate target of the top six.

"It is a great feeling knowing that we have two games in this round at home to play, but most importantly tonight was about coming away with a victory and stopping Montego Bay's unbeaten run, and these three points are a massive three points," a pleased Calvin Lewis, whose team are yet to be beaten at home for the season, said at the end of the game.

According to Lewis, whose team was without top defender Adrian Reid and attacking livewire Tramaine Stewart, who are both on national duty, as well as Ricardo Cousins, the win showed their depth.

"This shows that we have a lot of depth. We have young players who are stepping up and they want to go out there and play. They want to play every game," offered Lewis, whose team also benefitted from the steadying influence of Damian Williams, who was starting his first game after returning from Norway and recuperating from surgery. Montego Bay United's Neider dos Santos was more disappointed in his team's failure to get into the top six than losing their unbeaten record.

"I was worried about getting in the top six. I don't even know how many matches we were unbeaten for. There are no unbeatable teams. Every team can be beaten, even Barcelona. That (remaining unbeaten) was not my worry," said dos Santos, whose team moved the ball around beautifully at times, but could not find the back of the net.