Portmore woes continue - Defending champs beaten 2-1 by Dunbeholden

December 02, 2019
Portmore United’s Shai Smith challenges Dunbeholden’s Shaquille Dyer for the ball during their Red Stripe Premier League match yesterday.
Portmore United’s Shai Smith challenges Dunbeholden’s Shaquille Dyer for the ball during their Red Stripe Premier League match yesterday.

Portmore United coach, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, described yesterday's 2-1 loss to Dunbeholden in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) as a 'tough loss' and call on his team to show more desire and consistency in their quest to retain the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

The league's leading scorer, Dean Andre Thomas fired Dunbeholden ahead 15 minutes from the penalty spot, to bring his tally for the season to six goals. Saneekie Burton gave the visitors a two-goal cushion two minutes before the break, finishing off a good build-up.

Corey Burke pulled a goal back for the champions 12 minutes after the break but the host did not show enough quality afterwards to earn themselves at least a point.

Very disappointing result

He continued: "It was a very tough loss, very disappointing result, "Gardner told STAR Sports. "We started the game bright but we took our foot off the gas and allowed our opponent too much room. At this level, if you give your opponent too much room and space, they can hurt you."

"We need to play with a lot more desire as well. We have to push ourselves now, continue to work hard and learn from our mistakes. It was a game we wanted to use to continue our momentum going forward, so it's a disappointing result and we just have to look at it and come again.

"Our mistakes have been hurting us every week, and we need to deal with the long balls and communicate a little better. But our mistakes hurt us mostly in games and we have to correct them going forward. We will have to get going and dig deeper in training and prepare for games and put everything out there, because we have to fight for everything now."

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