By Dwayne Richards
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Dunbeholden FC continued to enjoy an improved sophomore season in the Red Stripe Premier League when a 0-0 draw with visiting Humble Lion FC at Royal Lakes Complex saw them move up a spot to eighth place on Sunday.
Dunbeholden have seven points from as many games and are two points clear of the relegation zone.
The result saw Humble Lion remain in fourth place as they, too, enjoyed a better start this term under new Head Coach Andrew Price. The visitors claimed their 10th point of the season following the draw.
Both teams had a tentative start to the game before Le'aughn Williams had the first shot on target which was easily handled by Giovanni Smith.
An even better chance fell to Williams not long after when a ball over the top was held up by the breeze and fell kindly to the attacker, but he skied the ball way over the crossbar.
Humble Lion continued to enjoy the better chances in the game and Smith needed two attempts to reel in a fiercely struck, long distance shot from Andrew Vanzie.
Atapharoy Bygrave did well to get a shot on target on the half volley as Dunbeholden fought their way into the contest. Moments later, Bygrave again tested Dennis Taylor after a break down the right flank was followed by a shot to the near post that the goalkeeper did well to gather.
There were less goalscoring opportunities in the second half although Humble Lion substitute and former Reggae Boy Andre Clennon should have done better when his attempted lob of Smith went very wide of the target.
Leonardo Jibbison, another Humble Lion substitute, should have stolen all three points for his team deep into stoppage time when he got in-between the Dunbeholden defenders but somehow skewed his shot wide of the target from point -blank range.
Dunbeholden FC assistant coach Andrew Fraser thinks the big problem for his team at the moment is goalscoring.
“Just scoring, that is our problem, because we are playing pretty well. We just have to stick to the task and work on our craft,” he suggested.
Oniel Thompson, who called the shots for Humble Lion on Sunday, said it was a predictably tough game.
“We expected a hard game, Dunbeholden is a team that is fighting. We will always have games like this, we understand the league.
“We wanted to win, we created a last gasp chance which we didn't score…but a point on the road is sometimes very good,” he said.
Teams: Dunbeholden — Giovanni Smith, Shaquille Dyer, Richard Orrett, Saneekie Burton, Nickoy Christian, Atapharoy Bygrave, Andre McFarlane (Deandre Thomas 73rd min), Kimoni Bailey (Demario Phillips 76th min), Henrico Ricketts, Grame Green, Andre Dyce.
Subs not used: Eric Edwards, Kemo Gayle, Rodave Murray, Anthony Thompson, Maurice Mais
Booked: G Green (25th)
Humble Lion— Dennis Taylor, Kenneil Hyde, Kevon Reid, Linval Lewis, Shamar Rhoden, Andrew Vanzie (Leonardo Jibbison 57th min), Levaughn Williams, Renae Lloyd, Jason Wright (Andre Clennon 57th min), Jermaine Christian, Courtney Hill (Lorenzo Lewis 85th min).
Subs not used: Damion Crooks, Afiba Chambers, Hughan Gray, Ricardo Dennis,
Booked: J Christian (52nd), K Reid (59th), A Clennon (72nd).
Referee: Odette Hamilton
Assistant referees: Nicholas Andeson, Kioney Denton
Fourth official: Andre Farquharson
Match commissioner: Beverly Melbourne
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