Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:A pair of goals, either side of half-time, from forward Ron Daley, carried Savannah Sports Club to a 2-1 victory over Lucea FC in the opening game of the 2013-14 Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's J.B. Rum Western Confederation Super League season at Jarrett Park.
The game was the first of a double-header Sunday that also featured a 1-1 draw between defending champions Wadadah and parish rivals Tomorrow's People, under the guidance of former Reggae Boyz midfielder Hector Wright.
Westmoreland-based Sa-vannah started with more purpose, dominating the attacks with a number of well-thought-out plays. However, they wasted the chances that fell their way before Daley finally broke the deadlock in the 41st minute.
Daley would strike again, turning in another neat pass he received from outside the area, to beat the out-of-position Lucea goalkeeper, Tevin Campbell, in the 47th minute.
Lucea showed life and were rewarded a penalty when Kevon Thompson upended an opponent inside the area. Jermaine Pringle scored from the spot in the 71st to make the score 2-1.
It was too little too late, though they dominated the final 10 minutes - with a one-man advantage as Thompson was issued a second yellow card at the 80th.
"We are happy for the win," declared Savannah head coach Audley 'Tom Tom' Thomas.
"It's the first game of a long season and three points are always vital."
"It's evident that we are lacking in fitness, but it would be unfair to ask the players to be 100 per cent fit in this our first real test. But as the competition goes on, we will get better at everything."
In the feature contest, Wadadah swept into an early lead when Damion Reid beat Tomorrow's People goalkeeper to open his account. At the 55th minute, Christopher Dyer found the equaliser for Bickersteth-based Tomorrow's People.
Up to that point, the game was in Tomorrow's People's favour, with Wright giving orders from the touchline.
"We are fine with the one point at this stage. It was our first match of the season and, while we ended up with a draw, we never lost it, so in that regard I am happy," reasoned Wright.
Meanwhile, two former Premier League clubs will bow into action this afternoon, in one of three scheduled matches.
Westmoreland's Reno will battle Village United of Trelawny at Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth; Norwood Strikers tackle Sandals Whitehouse at Urban Develop-ment Corporation playing field in Montego Bay; and Granville welcome Montego Bay Boys' and Girls Club at Sam Sharpe playing field. All matches start at 3:30.