Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
A well-taken brace by Portmore United's ace forward, Alanzo Adlam, gave them a comprehensive 3-0 win over Humble Lion at Effortville Sports Complex, as the Red Stripe National Premier League resumed in 2013.
The Lions were tasting defeat for the first time under new coach Geoffrey Maxwell.
Adlam was a happy man in scoring two goals.
"Well, it has been a long time I haven't been scoring, so it's a pleasure in getting these two goals," he said after the match on Sunday. "Behind that (goals) it's team work, a total effort from the team, so I am thankful of that."
After settling and outplaying Humble Lion with an attractive brand of football, Portmore opened the scoring in the 31st minute through a header by defender Ryan Wellington, who climbed high to connect with a cross from the skilful Paul 'Kiki' Wilson.
Adlam then got on the scoresheet when he tapped in a ball cut back in the six-yard box by Wilson, after he had stormed down the right flank to the byline.
Adlam then topped off an impressive first-half performance when he volleyed the ball into the net from inside the 18-yard box for his second goal.
Although the Lions put on a better second-half performance, Portmore still dominated and held on to their three-goal cushion.
Adlam's two goals brought his tally to five this season.
"My aim this season is to score as much goals as possible to help my team retain the championship."
The forward hails from St Andrew where he first played for Donald Quarrie (2000-2003), before transferring to Excelsior High. He was a member of the 2006 Excelsior High team that lost 3-1 to Bridgeport High in the Manning Cup final.
In 2007, he moved to the Clarendon-based team, Sporting Central Academy, before transferring to Portmore United in 2010.
He played an integral role in Portmore United winning the league last season with 12 goals.
"I came second in the goalscoring, to Jermaine Anderson who had 14 goals," Adlam said. "I want to surpass that this season."
For this season, Adlam knows it won't be an easy task in Portmore retaining the title.
"We have to work real hard for it," he said. "We have the team to do it, and with determination and fight it can happen."
Having impressed when he played with Jamaica's national Under-20 team, Adlam has so far played one game for the senior team, which was a game against Costa Rica; and is looking forward to playing again for the Reggae Boyz.
"It's every player's dream to play for their country," Adlam said. "I feel honoured when I play and I am looking for a next chance."