Jamaica Observer / A second-half brace from Romone Plummer took FC Reno to a 2-0 away win over the UWI FC at UWI Bowl yesterday. Plummer scored in the 49th and 64th minutes as his team secured three valuable points and moved into the top six for the first time since the turn of the year. The win took Reno to 36 points and fifth place, while UWI slipped to sixth place while remaining on 35 points.
In an evenly contested first half, both teams created few chances as the wind played a big factor in the run of play.
Linval Wilson did force a save out of Amal Knight in the UWI goal when his header from a corner kick that was headed for the roof of the net had to be tipped over the crossbar.
At the other end, Dennis Taylor had to leave his line quickly to deny Akeem Thenstead after a cheeky play from Andrae Bernal played in the diminutive striker in behind the defence.
Fabian McCarthy brought out the best out of the Reno custodian when his free kick from the edge of the area was parried behind, on the half volley.
The second half had barely got under way when the visitors struck. Reno got the opener almost out of nothing when they caught the UWI defence napping. Jashane Foster rolled a free kick into the area to Plummer, whose one-time effort on the turn nestled into the far corner with Knight beaten all ends up.
UWI tried to play their way back into the contest but were caught out for a second time when Plummer netted with a looping header. He was found at the far post by a ball that hung in the breeze and his header went over Knight, who was off his line.
A frank-speaking Marcel Gayle, coach of the losers, said it was schoolboy errors that caused the loss at home.
“I think a couple of lapses and poor concentration cost my team today. We lost by two schoolboy errors. It is a tough one to lose at home. The game was in the balance, but we just lapsed in concentration and we never recovered from it and it cost us the game today.”
Vassel Reynolds was happy with the response from his team based on his pre-game requests.
“We are still relying on our counter attacks. I asked the team to get us a goal or two per game and we will win with that. Today we got two and we came up trumps. We have been having some good results away and we figured the UWI team is a team we need to get three points from because they are one of the teams competing for a spot in the top six.”
Teams: UWI — Amal Knight, Rochane Smith,Taniel McKenzie, Deno Schaffe Kemar Flemmings Andrae Bernal, Anthony Greenland (Girvon Brown 61st) Akeem Thenstead (Ryan Miller 78th), Oshane Jenkins, Fabion McCarthy, Jerondy Henry (Patrick Brown 66th)
Subs not used : Nickolas King, Dawyne Smith, Kemoy Atkinson, Stephen Barnett, Jamie Robinson, Shuwayne Barrett, Dravian Williams, Davion Garrison
Booked : Jenkins (42nd), Flemmings (90th+5)
FC Reno — Dennis Taylor, Omar Johnson, Shamar Bernard, Tashaine Campbell, Michael McLeod, Jashane Foster (Demar James 86th), Bobby Brown (Ronaldo Webster 83rd), Afiba Chambers, Lynval Wilson, Fancy-Hue Stewart, Romone Plummer
Subs not used : Delon Brown, Donavon Brown, Javed Richardson, Kemoy Carruthers, Shivnarine Brown, Kavar Walker, Daniel Reid
Booked : Plummer (59th), Bernard (74th)
Referee : Tyrone Robinson
Assistant referees : Stephanie Dale Yee-Singh, Kemar Bailey
Fourth official : Nerissa Goldson
Match commissioner : Andrew Payne