Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Defensive errors were the order of the day as Sporting Central Academy prevailed 2-1 over parish-mates and hosts Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre yesterday.
Sporting Central went ahead when Keith Kelly scored with a sweet volley from 12 yards. Kelly latched on to Kirk Duckworth's weak clearance and got excellent connection on a waist-high ball that hit the ground before taking off with pace past goal keeper Garth Heron.
It didn't take long for the home team to respond. Andrew Isaacs, returning from a loan spell at Reno, scored in the 17th minute. The strike was set up by a good cross from the left flank and Isaacs headed past Sporting's enigmatic goalkeeper Sanchez Lloyd.
The 1-1 scoreline at half-time perhaps reflected the balance of play but Sporting would inch ahead shortly on the resumption when Levaughn 'Country Pelé' Williams crowned his return from a six-month unsuccessful overseas bid for a contract by sending a rocket into the back of the net.
Both teams made their full quota of substitutes but no meaningful advantage was gained.
Sporting's Nigel Stewart, who was beginning the season for the first time as head coach, was happy with the three points but admitted that there were many areas in which the team had to improve.
"I wasn't pleased with everything I saw but it was a good game because we got three points," Stewart said.
Humble Lion's coach Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde opted for an extended team talk immediately after the match, slamming his players for failing to follow his instructions.