Jamaica Gleaner / Reno brushed off last Wednesday’s embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Arnett Gardens to stun Portmore United 3-0 yesterday in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Frome Sports Complex, led by top marksman Craig Foster, who returned to scoring form.
Reno head coach Michael Graham expressed his delight in his team’s performance and said that this shows that the team can bounce back from anything. He is also happy that they are now getting goals from players other than Foster, and believes it will do well for the confidence of the team.
“Three points is a must at home, and that’s what we aimed for,” Graham said. “I have to give credit to the team that showed character after coming off a heavy defeat at Arnett. The guys responded well. We know this team can score goals, but we were looking for that one goal outside of Craig Foster, and we got two today. Confidence was lacking in the team, but now that we are getting outside goals, it will only enhance our confidence.”
Meanwhile, Portmore head coach Shavar Thomas said that his side is not concerned about losing their second game in less than a week, but said that he is disappointed in the performance against teams from which they should take points.
“I’m more disappointed because we lost to two teams that would be coming off back-to-back bad losses,” Thomas said. “So for them to get three points off us, we are disappointed, but it’s not a concern to say we are crumbling. We have a long season ahead of us.”
It took Craig Foster 35 minutes to break his four-match goal drought to give Reno the lead, skipping past Portmore’s defence to get a shot off while unbalanced.
Four minutes after the break, Fancy-Hue Stewart headed home a brilliant free kick by Shamar Bernard to give them a two-goal lead. Portmore were down and out of the contest already on the stroke of the 90th minute when Afiba Chamber rubbed salt in their wounds, booting home a rebound off Miguel Brown’s miskick to end the show at 3-0.