Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Mauricio Gordon netted a double for Portmore United in their 5-0 win over Savannah Sports Club in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second round at Frome Sports Complex yesterday.
A 22nd-minute strike from Gordon gave Portmore a lead they thoroughly deserved after dominating midfield in the early stages of the game. Gordon was at the receiving end of an aerial pass and he buried his header off the upright.
He would score his team's third in the 56th minute from close range.
Trevol Smith's ferocious drive was too much for Nerada Brissett to handle in the 39th and the ball settled in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead, after the initial shot was brilliantly blocked on the line by Brissett, as Portmore threatened to overrun their hosts.
Savannah had no answer, even with interim coach Delroy 'Pencil' Delisser shouting instructions from the sidelines, as they looked a shadow of the team that routinely caused trouble for the bigger clubs earlier in the league, including a surprise 1-0 away win over this same Portmore team in their opening game of the season.
Shane Anderson, the most lethal striker for Savannah, came on in the second half and immediately looked the most likely to score, but his powerful shot from an acute angle went high over the crossbar.
In the 67th minute, Stephen Williams showed how it was done, firing a low shot out of the reach of the scrambling Brissett in the Savannah goal for Portmore's fourth.
Gordon should have grabbed his hat-trick in the 69th, but his shot rolled wide of the upright.
"This win is a great position from which to start the second round and I certainly hope that we can continue playing like this," said Portmore's assistant coach, Geoffrey Hewitt.
"We want to put a string of victories together to be in a better position, but today I am proud of the guys who came here and scored five goals, something we never managed in the first round," Hewitt said.
Still smarting from five straight home losses, Savannah's assistant coach, Audley Thomas, said the club is suffering from a lack of committed players, noting that unless they fix that situation, it will be much of the same for the remainder of the season.