André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Former Waterhouse talisman Kevin Lamey got his first start for his new team, Cavalier Soccer Club, in yesterday's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football test against Montego Bay United at Stadium East.
Lamey, who spent 15 years at Waterhouse, was surprisingly selected ahead of the team's leading goal-getter Claudius Blackburn (two goals), but things didn't go too well for the 36-year-old striker or for Cavalier, as they surrendered to a 2-0 loss in a largely unentertaining affair.
Once the most-feared striker in the land, Lamey has certainly seen better days as he struggled to keep pace throughout his 62 minutes on the field. Perhaps the Mission Impossible theme played before the start of the game was an indication of things to come.
A couple of unconvincing touches, a tame header and a weak shot at goal after a 60th-minute breakaway was all he had to offer in his team's unimpressive showing, as the south east St Andrew-based club sank to a third home defeat since their return to the top flight.
Cavalier coach Lamar Morgan was, however, pleased with Lamey's offering in his first start.
"We assessed him (Lamey) and it was our decision to start him with his experience up front. He looked well in training. He brings a lot of experience and did well with the way he held up the ball. The midfield didn't give him the kind of supply that we wanted, but at the end of the day, he is a quality striker," said Morgan. "When we looked at what both strikers can do, we decided to go with Lamey."
Morgan added: "It's always going to be a concern playing at home and giving up three points, but it's a work in progress. We made a lot of mistakes as a team and, unfortunately, they were able to capitalise."
'Work in progress'
Meanwhile, it was Montego Bay United's first away win of the season, with Omar Gordon (77th minute) and Lesly St Fleur (90+4) getting the goals, which left coach Dr Dean Weatherly - who took the reins following Neider Dos Santos' shock resignation last week - believing that his team is poised to keep improving.
"It's a work in progress and we have to lift ourselves game by game. It was a good game today and we put it all on the line, and we were successful in the end," said Weatherly.
The game itself went by with very little excitement as both teams, perhaps indicative of their respective positions among the bottom six coming into the fixture, struggled to create any openings.
The visitors, who had not gained a point on their travels prior to yesterday's encounter, deservingly went in front after Gordon met a corner at the near post to slot home. St Fleur wrapped up the points in added time after breaking away and beating Mitchell at his near post.
The win lifted MoBay United level on six points with Cavalier.
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