Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Not even the temporary loss of power from one of the banks of lights at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex could affect the light shining on defending champions Portmore United, as they celebrated their fourth win in the Red Stripe Premier League on Thursday night.
Andrew Vanzie, in his new position as right wing back, provided the winning goal with a sweetly struck shot from distance off the outside of the instep in the 24th minute. The ball swerved in the air and deviated after hitting the ground just in front of Damion Hyatt in the Arnett Gardens goal.
It was a different Vanzie who showed up for Portmore United as he played with far more confidence and purpose than he did against the Harbour View team in their previous match. Unlike that game, he was unwilling to take shots, even with the goal at his mercy.
Thursday night was a totally different story as after scoring the goal, he was still in the mood to shoot as he ran by the Arnett Gardens substitutes and shot up the entire bench with his fingers.
The three points kept Portmore United in sixth position, but improved their points tally to 13, the same as Humble Lion, who played to a 1-1 draw with Tivoli Gardens. With three matches to go in the round, the defending champions are still within reach of the end of round final, their objective for this round.
"I am really happy for this result. We played well tactically and got three valuable points," a beaming assistant coach Geoffrey Hewitt said at the end of the game.
"This win serves us well in that we are still in with a chance of getting to the end-of-round final, but our bigger goal is to repeat as champions, and each win contributes to that end," Hewitt added.
Arnett Gardens' Paul 'Tegat' Davis said his team just did not show the required qualities.
"They looked lacklustre today. They were not sharp at all and in central midfield we gave Portmore United too much space and time and they made the most of it," Davis said.
Davis also expressed his displeasure at the stoppage of the game due to the power outage on one of banks of light.
"This has happened more than once and it is something that the JFF needs to look into," he said, expressing surprise that the next fixture will be Monday night football.