Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
The struggles of defending Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore United continued on Sunday as they fell to another loss, their third in six games and their second at home, 0-1 to Harbour View.
Kemeel Wolfe, a former Portnore United player, was the one who inflicted the latest blow on Portmore United as he made the most of a defensive mix-up in the 20th minute to score the only goal of the game. The goal came in the best period of the game for the visitors as Portmore United had the better play for most of the game, but were reluctant to shoot as they tried to walk the ball into the goal.
"It is never a happy feeling losing at home. We just have to go back to training and work on some stuff," Portmore United coach, Andre Waugh, said at the end of the game.
"We did not score as our shooting was faulty, and in football if you do not score you do not win, so we have to fix that," he added.
Portmore United also ended the game with concerns about their goalkeeping as starting keeper Carlloyd Walters was rushed to hospital after taking a blow to his head following a collision with Kimorlee Brissett in the second half. Last season's main goalkeeper, Shaven-Sean Paul, is recovering from injury.
Harbour View's Vin Blaine agreed that his players, with the exception of goalkeeper Michaud Barrett, was not at the best, but was happy for the win.
"It was a game in which we had the better of play in the first 20 minutes and scored," Blaine said.
"They really came at us in the last 15 minutes in the first half when they had much the better play, but they did not score," Blaine said of the period when his goal area was under siege.
Superior goal difference
With the win, Harbour View cemented their position at fourth in the table as they increased their points tally to 13 to trail leaders Sporting Central on 16, Boys' Town on 15 and Arnett Gardens on 13 points, but with a superior goal difference and two games in hand.
Portmore United remain on seven points, just one above the trio of Humble Lion, Montego Bay United and Cavalier. With the exception of Humble Lion, Portmore United have one game less. Humble Lion have played five games to Portmore's six.
Portmore United had the better of play in the second half as well, but took time to get back to the level of the first half. Even though they had the better possession they seemed uninterested in scoring as they passed the ball about casually, with Stephen Williams and Mouracio Gordon appearing to have left their shooting boots elsewhere.
When Portmore United expressed a desire to score goalkeeper Barrett was at his best, as he showed in the dying minutes to deny the pint-sized Alanzo Adlam an equaliser.
"Our goalkeeper Michaud Barrett was really excellent and we owe this game to him. That save against Adlam in that one-on-one situation was really special," a grateful Blaine said.