Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Portmore United came out on top in the battle of the two bottom-placed teams in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), after edging August Town 1-0 yesterday at the UWI Bowl, Mona.
The game's lone goal was scored by Adoah Nickle in the third minute.
August Town were without their coach, Bradley Stewart, who was said to be home recuperating after he had to be rushed to hospital on Saturday evening.
"He had a problem last night and had to be rushed to the hospital," August Town's manager, Marlon Small, revealed. "Hopefully, all is well with him at home resting, and he gets back to us as soon as possible."
The result did not change either teams' positioning in the 12-team standings. Portmore seem to be finding some form, however, as more than half of their 14 points have been acquired in their last four outings, but they still remain 11th. Harbour View lead on 30 points.
"We are making a step in the right direction," Portmore United's coach, Calvin Lewis, shared. "The objective is to try and reach in the top four so that we can challenge for the title, and I just hope that the new year brings some good fortune for us."
Conversely, things seem to be getting from bad to worse for August Town, as after starting off the season with a run of five games unbeaten, they have now failed to win any of their last eight outings, and sit at the foot of the table with 11 points.
They also boast the league's worst home record, having registered only one win from their eight home games, to go with two draws and five defeats.
"It is not like in those eight games we have been beaten badly," Small reasoned.
"The transfer window is around the corner, we plan on getting in some other players to supplement what is here, and I think that should do the trick."
August Town's evening got off to the worst possible start when a ball played into the box was adjudged to have been handled by one of a number of players in the crowded penalty area. Referee Dwight Royal awarded a penalty, which was taken by Nickle. His initial shot from the spot was excellently saved by August Town's custodian, Diego Haughton, but Nickle was the only one alive in the box, and he was able to toe-poke home the rebound.
August Town's best chance to get back on level terms came in the 58th minute when Portmore United's goalkeeper, Kemar Foster, parried a vicious right-sided cross by Micheal Spence into the path of the unmarked Lennox Creary. Creary lacked composure, as he fired wide of the unguarded net from 12 yards out.
August Town 0Portmore United 1
Adoah Nickle 3rd
Sporting Central 1
Francois Swaby 83rd
Boys' Town 0
Montego Bay United 1
Lesly St Fleur 49th
Tivoli Gardens 0
Rivoli United 3
Devon Hodges 14th, 48th
Davion Harris 54th
Humble Lion 3
Omando McLeod 2nd
Kemeel Wolfe 16th
Roberto Fletcher 84th
Girvan Brown 27th
Harbour View 1
James Durrant 21st
Newton Sterling 10th
Vishunal Harris 68th
Kemal Malcolm 75th