National Premier League roundup by Marvin Walters

Waterhouse FC overcame a gallant challenge from Cellar dwellers Reno FC, before finally moving further away from the 5th place Rivoli FC and closer to 3rd place Habour View FC in a late kick off at Waterhouse Mini Stadium.
Wendell Downswell’s Reno FC rooted at the bottom half of the table believed they have what it takes to match premier league superpower Waterhouse before quality finally told, on a late kick off at Drewsland last afternoon.

Waterhouse, however, had the class to avoid a potential upset as Tremaine Stewart’s spectacular 16th minute strike set the stadium ablaze. Despite having the lion’s share of possession and numerous attacks while camping in Reno’s half, the first half ended 1-0. A packed stadium, with mainly Waterhouse supporters were disgruntled and they did express their anger to the coaching staff and players while they headed to the dressing room.

Waterhouse started the second half exactly where they left off dictating the tempo of the game. Juvaune Benjamin, back from a red card suspension, sent the crowd into a frenzy with a well taken strike in the 53rd minute. Reno was determine not to roll over and play dead and was given a glorious opportunity to pull one back after a miscommunication between Nicholi Finlayson and Rohan Amos. But Craig Foster’s shot was punched over the crossbar by goalkeeper Kelso Cousins. Poor marking and incomplete passes were the order of the day for Reno. Oshane Roberts broke free from Orane Warren down the left flank and swung a low hard cross, which picked out an unmarked Benjamin, whose impeccable first touch was enough to skip beyond the grasp of the onrushing goalkeeper Devaughn Hawthrone, before slotting home for his second.

Immediately after the game was restarted by referee Kevin Morrison. Captain Craig Foster played a quick one-two to find Renario Downswell who out-foxed Amos and ended up one and one with the keeper but failed to score. Reno, a point adrift of safety, more than matched Waterhouse in the second half but coach Downswell will know that when the big chance comes along, even against opposition of such superior quality, it must be taken. A furious Downswell threw his hands to the heaven in minute number 72 when Raindo Vassell could not keep his composure after Afiba’s cross landed right at his feet. From close range, his finish was weak and Waterhouse keeper Cousins made an easy save.

Coach Patrick pulled out Stewart in the 80th minute to introduce Spanish Town High school teenage sensation Nathaniel Leslie. His quick feet and trickery provides the crowd with some energy and he was cheered on with every touch of the ball. Waterhouse killed the game off in the closing seconds when Roberts’s pass floated nicely to the technically-gifted teenage attacker who scored with a spectacular scissors kick. That strike is arguably the best goal of the competition so far. In a brief interview with Nathaniel Leslie he said ‘I felt the goal from the moment it left my foot’. All in all a gutsy performance from the Drewsland based team and a disappointed one for former champions Reno FC. Round 19 of the Red Strip Premier League continues on Sunday the 11th with a full slate of games.

Other games played
Rivoli 0 vs Montego Bay United 0
Sporting Central 0 vs Harbour View 2
Barbican 0 vs Humble Lion 4
Cavaliers vs Arnette Gardens 0-1
Boys Town vs Tivoli Gardens 0-1

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