Reno, Sporting miss opportunity to rise
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:It's as you were in the battle for at least one of the relegation places, after Sporting Central Academy held fellow strugglers Reno FC to a scoreless draw yesterday in their Red Stripe Premier League football match at Frome Sports Complex.
The final result could have been much different for either team had they taken any of the many chances that fell their way, particularly in the latter stages of the second half.
In a game that ended with intense end-to-end action, it began cautiously for Reno and recklessly after Sporting midfielder Otis Friend was red-carded for an off-the-ball incident in the 12th minute.
Reno finally produced some decent football with the one-man advantage when, in the 37th minute, Leonard Rankine got a chance, but pulled his shot wide of the target.
Renario Downswell collected a pass from a sweeping move and unleashed a powerful shot that struck the post, which ensured that the teams went into the break even.
The game picked up momentum in the last five minutes, with Reno upping the tempo and coming close again with a blistering Craig Foster strike.
Then Sporting's Oneil Rose fired over the Reno goal from close range, as the game swung from end to end with all three points on the line.
Sporting went on one last foray into the Reno penalty area, and it almost paid off handsomely when Dale Watson was obstructed as he was about to shoot at goal, but referee Danian Parchment waived for play to continue.
"This is a disappointing result, as I thought we deserved that penalty at the end. But it is better we get a point than none," said Sporting Central's coach, Nigel Stewart.
For Reno's assistant coach, Godfrey Stewart, it was two points lost.
"We kept a clean sheet, so on that count I am happy. But we need to start scoring again, especially against teams that are as low in the table as we are," Drummond said.
"Up front is where we clearly have some problems, but we are looking to get a few players to help us out of this quagmire," added Drummond.