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Cavalier Beat Champs Portmore Again

 
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

Cavalier, after years out of top-flight football, on Wednesday night showed that they belong among the big boys when they recorded their second win over defending champions Portmore United in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) - away from home.

The 2-1 score, courtesy of strikes by Troyland Williams in the 30th minute and Claudious Blackburn in the 85th, was identical to their first-round victory. It follows up Sunday's 1-0 win over another more favoured team, Boys' Town, and marked their fifth successive game without a loss. Andrew Vanzie scored for Portmore United in the 75th minute.

Cavalier coach David Laylor was especially pleased with his team's latest victory.

"We have achieved six points from Portmore which is very, very good and we are happy for this," Laylor said of his team, the only one left with a perfect record in the second round of the competition.

Despite coming out with the win, Cavalier spent most of the time stuck in their half defending as Portmore United created and missed chances at will, with Mouracio Gordon and Alanzo Adlam most guilty. The worst miss of the first half came from Gordon in the 28th minute when he controlled a lovely cross on his chest from just about the six-yard box and shot straight at the advancing Gariece McPherson.

defensive line

Two minutes later, a good build-up down the left flank involving Blackburn, Geovaunie Samuda and Williams ended with Samuda's lovely cross being headed home at the far post as the Portmore United defensive line backed off.

When Portmore found the equaliser it was expected that they would have played sensibly but instead they got careless went all out for the win, lost composure and left themselves exposed.

That allowed the Cavalier forwards to pull them apart. It was Michily Waul who provided the decisive cross which Blackburn got over the line on the second attempt after having his header blocked by Kemar Foster in goal.

The win was like a shock to the Portmore team as they all headed straight to the dressing room and avoided three attempts by the media to get an interview.

The win saw Cavalier jump four places to fifth on 19 points while Portmore remained in second position on 23 points, six behind leaders Harbour View.

At Collie Smith Drive yesterday, end-of-first-round champions Boys' Town were held to a goalless draw by Waterhouse.

Boys' Town, who began the day in third position on 22 points, one less than Portmore United, gained another point but it was not enough to take them past the men from St Catherine, who have a better goal difference. Waterhouse are in eighth position on 17 points.
Cavalier Beat Champs Portmore Again
Published: Friday | November 23, 2012 0 Comments

Claudious Blackburn ... scored winner for Cavalier. - file
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

Cavalier, after years out of top-flight football, on Wednesday night showed that they belong among the big boys when they recorded their second win over defending champions Portmore United in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) - away from home.

The 2-1 score, courtesy of strikes by Troyland Williams in the 30th minute and Claudious Blackburn in the 85th, was identical to their first-round victory. It follows up Sunday's 1-0 win over another more favoured team, Boys' Town, and marked their fifth successive game without a loss. Andrew Vanzie scored for Portmore United in the 75th minute.

Cavalier coach David Laylor was especially pleased with his team's latest victory.

"We have achieved six points from Portmore which is very, very good and we are happy for this," Laylor said of his team, the only one left with a perfect record in the second round of the competition.

Despite coming out with the win, Cavalier spent most of the time stuck in their half defending as Portmore United created and missed chances at will, with Mouracio Gordon and Alanzo Adlam most guilty. The worst miss of the first half came from Gordon in the 28th minute when he controlled a lovely cross on his chest from just about the six-yard box and shot straight at the advancing Gariece McPherson.

defensive line

Two minutes later, a good build-up down the left flank involving Blackburn, Geovaunie Samuda and Williams ended with Samuda's lovely cross being headed home at the far post as the Portmore United defensive line backed off.

When Portmore found the equaliser it was expected that they would have played sensibly but instead they got careless went all out for the win, lost composure and left themselves exposed.

That allowed the Cavalier forwards to pull them apart. It was Michily Waul who provided the decisive cross which Blackburn got over the line on the second attempt after having his header blocked by Kemar Foster in goal.

The win was like a shock to the Portmore team as they all headed straight to the dressing room and avoided three attempts by the media to get an interview.

The win saw Cavalier jump four places to fifth on 19 points while Portmore remained in second position on 23 points, six behind leaders Harbour View.

At Collie Smith Drive yesterday, end-of-first-round champions Boys' Town were held to a goalless draw by Waterhouse.

Boys' Town, who began the day in third position on 22 points, one less than Portmore United, gained another point but it was not enough to take them past the men from St Catherine, who have a better goal difference. Waterhouse are in eighth position on 17 points.

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