Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Humble Lion defeated Savannah 2-1 in Wednesday night's lone Premier League game under lights at the Frome Sports Complex.
Shauntel Mundle netted the opener in the seventh minute while Jermaine Christian got Humble Lion's second in the 15th.
Substitute Jesse Maylor scored Savannah's consolation from the penalty spot in the 80th minute as Humble Lion moved to within a point of Savannah, in seventh place in the standings on nine points. Savannah are in sixth position on 10 points.
Humble Lion's opening salvo almost paid off when Jermaine Christian fired wide of the mark minutes into the game. But they did not have to wait long for the first goal. Mundle broke free near in the box and fired at goal. Goalkeeper Gavin Barrett blocked his shot, but the rebound fell at the feet of the forward, who tapped into an empty net.
Savannah went further behind in the 15th minute when Christian received a good pass inside the area, and with his back to the goal and closely marked by a defender, he turned and scored a beauty to silence the home crowd.
Savannah should have done better in the 34th minute. Fabian Samuels, with the goal at his mercy, fired over the crossbar.
A rare attack ended in a penalty for the home team after Shane Anderson was fouled in the box. Maylor converted from the spot with 10 minutes to go, but the tying goal failed to come for the Patrick Graham-coached Savannah, who were losing for the third time this season.
NOT LOSING LUSTRE
"We are not losing our lustre," argued assistant coach Audley Thomas. "We are still a good team, but it's just how the game flows. We won't win every game, but come Sunday, we hope to do better against Highgate.
"We are not scoring enough goals, so that is where we will put emphasis in training," Thomas said.
Meanwhile, Humble Lion coach Lenworth Hyde said it was a good win. "I am very satisfied with this win. The players did what was asked of them and we are happy," Hyde said.
"We wanted to stifle them in midfield and that is what our players did and it worked well, so I am pleased because it now takes us off the bottom of the standings."