RSPL: Montego Bay United lose as Portmore win on opening day

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There were wins for UWI and Humble Lion, while Arnett Gardens and Reno battled to a 0-0 draw.

Montego Bay United lost to Maverley/Hughenden, who made a winning start in the country’s top flight competition with a 2-1 victory at Wespow Park.

Over at the Juici Field, Portmore United, started their campaign positively when they recorded a 1-0 victory over newcomers Jamalco.

A 71st minute strike from Kambuji McCalla was enough to hand Portmore the win, in a game which while being competitive, lacked energy and quality.

The first half had very little goal-mouth action with both teams playing at a snail’s pace, with Jamalco having a slight advantage, as they looked the more purposeful. They were however, confined to take a number of shots from distance, which were mostly off target.

Suelae McCalla got the best chance of the game at the start of the second half. He was set free on the right behind Jamalco’s defence with a pass that was enough to draw goalkeeper Lavaughn Williams out of position. McCalla should have fired into an unprotected area at Williams’ left post, but fired tamely to have a defender recover to block.

While Portmore continue to have a slight advantage during the half, the game returned to its usual lacklustre pace.

Eventually Kambuji McCalla showed his older brother how to score when he gave Portmore the lead, which turned out to be the winner.

It came when a cross from the left had goalkeeper Williams coming to collect but he collided with one of his defenders. The ball slipped from his grasped and fell fortuitously for Kambuji McCalla, who with a number of defender around him, kept calm and fired from just about the penalty spot through them, to lodge the ball into the back of the net.

Close to the end of the contest, Jamalco got a chance to equalize, when Andre Dawson was sent through from a build up, but his shot was well saved by the Portmore custodian.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Montego Bay United 1 Maverley/Hughenden 2
Arnett Gardens 0 Reno 0-0
UWI 1 Waterhouse 0
Humble Lion 2 Boys’ Town 0
Portmore United 1 Jamalco 0