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Portmore’s rollercoaster RSPL season continues with another win

Portmore United….2 Walker (34th), Pryce (47th) Cavalier FC….1 Thomas (90+4)

Jordan Nembhard (left) of Cavalier leaps above Portmore United’s scorer Cleon Pryce in an aerial challenge for possession during their RSPL contest at Prison Oval yesterday. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

The rollercoaster run of Portmore United continued as they once again bounced back from consecutive defeats to register two wins on the trot and inch closer to the leaders in the business half of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings.

A 2-1 win over the youthful Cavalier FC at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday saw the reigning champions jumping into fourth position provisionally on 24 points, the highest they have been since the start of the season.

National representative Lamar Walker, with a 34th minute strike, and Cleon Pryce (47th) snapped the four-match unbeaten run of Cavalier, who pulled one back through substitute Shaniel Thomas (90+4), who recently closed the schoolboy football season with Jamaica College. Cavalier, on 22 points, slipped into seventh position.

Despite being without four of their main starters, including strikers Chevone Marsh and Alex Marshall, Cavalier were still expected to prove a handful for their hosts and were indeed threatening in the early probe for the ascendancy.

But their best chance of the stanza came at the half-hour mark when Nicholas Hamilton slipped in behind Portmore United’s defence with time to shoot, but his weak attempt at goal was comfortably gathered by custodian Benjamin Williams.

Four minutes later, Portmore United made their opportunity count at the other end, as a defensive error by Ajay Chin allowed Emelio Rousseau to steal possession and play a pass inside to Walker, who made no mistake with a well-driven right-footed effort from close range.

Rondee Smith should have put the champions further ahead in the latter stages of the half when a chance fell nicely for him at close range, but his effort sailed way over the cross bar as the score remained unchanged at the break.

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