KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jermie Lynch scored the only goal to lift Portmore United to a 1-0 victory over visiting Plaza Amador in in the first leg of a Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16 series at National Stadium on Wednesday night.
The 26-year-old forward struck off from four-yards out off Ricardo Morris’ left-wing feed, giving Shavar Thomas a victory in his first game as head coach.
Scoring chances were few and far between as a majority of the first half was played in the midfield.
Plaza Amador captain Ameth Ramirez saw his 13th-minute attempt from distance be caught by goalkeeper Shaven Sean Paul.
Portmore midfielder Michael Binns, who most recently played for runner-up Jamaica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, had his moments on both sides of the ball. He fired a long free kick over the crossbar in the 28th minute, before clearing an Algish Dixon header off the goal line seven minutes later.
Hughes kept the Panamanian club within striking distance. Seconds after Lynch rattled a shot from inside the box off the left post in the 65th minute, Hughes denied Morris' close-range attempt with a spectacular kick save.
The teams will play the second leg at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama, on August 9