CAVALIER SC got their first win of the new campaign after clipping visitors Sporting Central Academy 1-0 in Sunday's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second round match at the Stadium East field.
Oshane Jenkins hit the winner for Cavalier in the 30th minute of the game.
Cavalier, on four points from their two matches, had to play the final 17 minutes one man short after Chevone Williams was red-carded. Their head coach Rudolph Speid was a relieved man at the final whistle.
"We're very happy, but it was really hard fought. This Sporting Central team is very fit and they were relentless in how they attacked. After the red card we just decided to not concede," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Sporting Central, comfortable 3-0 winners over Boys' Town FC in the opening round, remain on three points. Nigel Stewart, the man in charge at the Clarendon-based club, said an uninspired start to the game from his players was the main contributing factor for the loss.
"We are very disappointed. The first half we didn't come out the way we were supposed to come out. We started flat and didn't play our normal passing game and move into open positions," Stewart bemoaned.
Cavalier were the more enterprising of the teams in the first half and deservedly took a first half lead on the half-hour mark.
Chevone Marsh's left-footed blast was blocked by the sprawling Sporting goalkeeper Allien Whittaker, but the alert Jenkins turned in the rebound from close range.
The second half was a more even affair as both teams threatened to score.
As it turned out, the red card to Williams was the main highlight of the second period.
In the midst of a series of heavy tackles dished out by both teams, he went in a high challenge and booted Sporting player Camaal Reid in the head. Reid was substituted and treated for a cut to his face.