Portmore beat UWI 1-0 in RSPL

Portmore United rallied from a goal down to defeat UWI 2-1 in the Red Stripe Premier League at Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday.

A Portmore United player (in white) challenges his UWI opponent during a Red Stripe Premier League game last season.
A Portmore United player (in white) challenges his UWI opponent during a Red Stripe Premier League game last season.

UWI took the lead as early as the first minute, through Trivante Stewart, with forward Cory Burke equalising for Portmore in the 13th minute, before Rondee Smith handed them all the points in the 36th minute.

Portmore are now on 10 points and move up two places in the points standings to now occupy fifth position, behind Waterhouse who are on 19 points, same as second-placed Molynes United with Harbour View on 11 and Humble Lion on 10.

Fifth position

There were sections of the match that UWI held possession of the ball and controlled the match territorially, but could not break down the Portmore defence as they failed to create many scoring opportunities.

Portmore, in the meantime, looked threatening for most of their attacks and created chances, which were either saved by the goalkeeper or they spewed wide or over the goalpost.

First attack

In their first attack of the match, UWI took the lead as they robbed the ball midway their half from Portmore, who kicked off.

UWI launched a quick counter, with the pass from deep over the top, catching the Portmore defence flat-footed for Stewart to outrun them and fire from outside the penalty area over the advancing Shaven Paul in goal.

Forcing mistakes

With the heavy northerly afternoon breeze making things difficult, especially for Portmore players who were kicking into it, the match took some time to settle, after which Portmore wrested the initiative from their opponents, pressing them high and forcing mistakes.

They found the equaliser through a defence-splitting pass by Shai Smith that picked out Burke, unmarked slightly to the left, inside the penalty area, and he calmly slotted past the UWI custodian.

Portmore got the winner when Kareem Banton powered his way down the left of the penalty area and his intended low cross, got a deflection and landed fortuitously for Smith on the fringes of the six-yard box for him to beat the goalkeeper.