Latinos edge Sunset in Friday night game

Latinos FC picked up their first Cayman Premier League win since late October, as they edged Sunset FC on 13 January at the Annex.

Sunset led the charge from the opening whistle under the lights in the Friday night game. The first scoring opportunity came in the third minute when Daniel Smith connected with Peter Boda up front but the shot was wide of the mark.

Another Sunset chance fizzled a minute later. Then Gavin Reynolds found himself all alone with only Derek Rivers between the pipes for Latinos but in the end, a tame left-footed shot from about 12 yards posed no real danger.

While Sunset created the chances early, it was Latinos, who made the most of a golden opportunity in the 10th minute.

A penalty kick was awarded to Latinos after a player was taken down inside the 18-yard box. Nahun Rodriguez stepped to the spot and drilled the shot hard and low to the right but a sprawling Lee Parry denied him the glory. After the initial shot was saved, in flew Edgar Andino Matute to put it into the back of the net, sending a small but vocal group of supporters into a frenzy. (see video below)

Sunset would rue multiple missed chances from set pieces as the half closed with Latinos up 1-0.

Within the first minute after the break, Latinos Jarol Smith came down the left wing and curled a shot toward goal that went over the crossbar, missing its mark by inches.

Reynolds tried to set up an equaliser in the 51st, when he hit Paul Young to the left of the goal but a slight tough from Young was safely collected by Rivers. Around 15 minutes later, Rivers was again called upon to make a leaping punch-save to keep his clean sheet intact.

A few chances for either side as the match approached full time did not give those keeping score any additional work, though Rivers was forced to make two key saves in the four minutes of extra time that were added.

Latinos FC move to 13 points but stay fifth in the standings after 10 games, with 11 to play. Sunset fall one spot to seventh, having alternated wins and losses over the past five weeks.

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