For the first time in the history of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), a Jamaican team will be crowned CFU Caribbean Club Champion. On back-to-back Wednesdays, December 8th and 15th, Harbour View, the pride of East Kingston, and Tivoli Gardens, the stalwarts of West Kingston are set to do battle for the first international title in the respective clubs’ history. The best Jamaica has done in this Caribbean championship is 2nd by Arnett Gardens in 2003, 2nd also by Harbour View in 2001 and 2nd initially by Waterhouse in 1998.

The Club Championship is surprisingly not well funded by the CFU despite the potential of the tournament to become “the UEFA Cup of the Caribbean”. The games will be televised live by a local station, and also by radio. Both teams are working feverishly to ready their lights to present the games in the twilight of 7:00 pm.

“The CFU Caribbean Club Champion (Jamaica’s Harbour View FC or Tivoli Gardens FC) will join three UNCAF qualifiers, the USA representatives’ D.C. United and Kansas City Wizards, Mexican League Clausura (Puma UNAM) and Apertura (TBD) Winners; in the 2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup, which begins straight knockout home-and-away series on 9 March.

The winner of the 2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup will qualify to the next FIFA Club World Championship to be held in

 


LEADERS HARBOUR VIEW FC QUALIFIES EARLY FOR END OF FIRST ROUND FINALS ON DEC. .22nd

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The group stayed third place as two goals from Andre Whyte and Kemar Petrekin lead them to a 4-1 scoreline on a very rough field.

PREMIER LEAGUE:

Sean Fraser’s late goal on a bumpy , hard surface at Frome, Westmoreland made it extremely difficult to showcase good quality football but “The Stars of the East” eeked out the well needed three points to confirm their place in the final, with a game outstanding against Wadadah Fc next Sunday December 12th.

The boys who have been travelling extensively at home and within the Caribbean over the last six weeks professionally applied themselves to generate the desired result on the road.

Qualifying with a 25 point tally from six victories and a draw means Harbour View is once again in a final making it 14 finals in the last 15 months as the purple path is extended. The unit will however want to quickly dispense of the “also-ran” tag acquired by too few trophies (4 Championships) to show for all that good work arriving.

Other clubs vying for the second place spot are Waterhouse on 21 points, Tivoli on 20, Portmore United 20 and out of the picture, Arnett Gardens behind on 17 points are fifth, with Reno next far behind on 10 points make up the top six clubs.

 


CFU APPOINTS MATCH COMMISSIONER FOR CARIBBEAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS IN JAMAICA.

Mr Chet Greene of Antigua is appointed as the Match Commissioner for the first CFU Caribbean Club Championship Final at the Harbour View Football Stadium on Wednesday evening slated for a 7pm start.

Mr Greene arrives on Tuesday afternoon and return on Thursday morning December 9th following the game.

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A late goal by Marcellino Blackburn was enough to level the scores and keep Tivoli Gardens FC second a point ahead of 3rd place Harbour View FC.

PREMIER LEAGUE:

The opening game of three, all to be played on Wednesdays in December 1st, 8th and 15th between 2003-04 Premier League Champions Tivoli Gardens FC and the Runner-up Harbour View FC ended in an exciting 2-2 contest at the Compound.

In what seemed to be an appetizer ahead of next Wednesday CFU Caribbean Club Championship Finals also mat the Compound both clubs battled for psychological ascendancy with Tivoli drawing first –blood when Steve Green stabbed home a Orane Simpson cross from close-in after 26 minutes.

The exchanges flowed sweetly much to the delight of the fair sized crowd on hand for a 3pm weekday game. Goals followed and they exploded when Jermaine Hue’s right sided freekick was not cleared from goal properly. It fell onto the chest of Nicholas McCreath at the top of the box, to control, body shift a defender and rifle home a cannon into the far post after 53 minutes.

Sean Fraser darted goalwards into the penalty area twice within 5 minutes to be awarded with a penalty call in minute 63, as Clifton Waugh converted accurately to take the 2-1 lead.

Substitute Lenworth Hyde Jr. made his entrance felt when he made the most of a feeble clearance to slot wide of custodian Ryan Thompson in the 79th minute, effectively ending the game 2-2 and whetting the appetite for another mouth-watering encounter #2 next Wednesday night at 7pm under the newly installed floodlights.

 


 

HARBOUR REBOUNDS IN STYLE WITH CAPTAIN JERMAINE HUE STRIKING A HATRICK IN “BRILLIANT” FASHION WITH TWO TRADEMARK FREEKICKS!

Hvu21_Invaders01Under 21 Captain Marcelino Blackburn leads with a hatrick in the 5-1 victory.

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A first half hatrick by Blackburn assisted by a hatrick of assist passing from main goalgetter Kemar Petrekin, was efficiently finished off by substitute Andre “Antsman” Whyte with a double strike. Ricardo Reid replied for Village United in the 53rd minute.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE:

As the captain’s lead their teams in attack Jermaine Hue struck a devastating blow to the campaign of Village United when he scored in minutes 4, 58 and 66. Christopher Harvey started the rout as he squared to Hue at the far post for him to control beat the defender and score.

Village United equalised on minute 18 when Fabian Dawkins crossed to Teofore Bennett to strip Harvey of possession and slot past the advancing goalkeeper Ryan Thompson from 8 yards out.

Sean Fraser was on hand to float a free-kick from three yards away from the right corner flag onto the waiting head of Harvey to score the second goal after 24 minutes.

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The best was yet to come as Jermaine Hue drew an infringement from three defenders who tracked him about 30 yards out from goal. He stood up, glanced goalwards and steered a shot inside the near post to celebrate a 3-1 lead.

Well if the stunned LIVE Television audience never believed it he would repeat the feat minutes later as Fraser was fouled about 25 yards out in a similar position, this time he placed the shot at the far post for a desperately lounging Elvis Hart in goal to try but fail to keep out. The celebration now peaked as the Cheerleaders pranced, fans screamed and Simon Crosskill the television announcer was beside himself as he acclaimed the “Meastro” as a sure pick in Jamaica’s world cup team on Wednesday against the USA in Ohio.

The celebration was so far-fetched that young goalkeeper Ryan Thompson was caught hand-slapping a huddle of teammates upfield when the referee Victor Stewart signalled the restart as Bennett’s shot flew inches wide of a exposed goal.

Daniel Rickett’s came on along with Dwayne Cole to add verve and pace to the sagging Village United fortunes to turn two defenders on the line to square past Thompson as Jermaine Taylor’s effort to clear from attackers on the goaline was only successful in hitting the upright before rolling into the goal in minute 85. As the game ended 4-2 a satisfied coach Donovan Hayles remarked gleefully on the international quality of Jermaine Hue as a player and a leader.

 

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Under 21 splash out opponents by 3-0.

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Goals from Anthony Christie (Penalty), Nicholas Forbes and Kemar Petrekin gave Harbour View there second League victory after three games, as Waterhouse squandered some good opportunities early in the game and was denied access to goal by outstanding custodian Michaud Barrett twice.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE:

Whouse_0ct04The “Stars of the East” Harbour View Football Club continued there good start to the Premier League season with a resounding 3-2 victory over Waterhouse, lead by a brace from Craig Stewart on his return from the United States of America.

Two handsome strikes from distance was the standout feature of a hotly contested game where both teams went “Hell-for Leather” for a prized victory. The top of the table encounter reached fever pitch very early as Stewart slammed a thirty five yard bombshell that kickoff the party and announced the tone of the battle. Surely this must be rated as possibly the best goal of the season so far. Goalkeeper Loxely Ried flew to his left but was successful only in retrieving the ball rolling back into play after scorching the back of the net. Only four minutes had elapsed when the growing crowd buzzed with excitement as Waterhouse served crosses and squares from every conceivable angle as heads bobbed up in a desperate attempt to equalise.

A counter-attack from Demar Phillips was intercepted by Damion Stewart illegally on top of the eighteen yard box, the resulting freekick deflected fortunately for Shane Edwards in the six yard box to squeeze inside the near post and equalise after 26 minutes.

Harbour View rallied and got the go ahead goal when Sean Fraser’s right-sided freekick floated over Jomo Gordon’s head and hit a defender to slip through Reid’s legs and score in minute 37. The half ended when goalkeeper Reid’s long kickout found Edwards to head on to marksman Kevin Lamey in minute 45 to stab home past the advancing goalkeeper Leighton Murray to level the scoreline at the break.

Four goals already had a expectant crowd hungry for more.

The female teams Fish Fry now a regular feature at Harbour View home game along with the concessions at the bar provided a welcome intermission as the second half was preceeded by the entertaining Harbour View Cheerleaders.

While Referee Hughill Thompson issued cards with a loose abandon threatening to spoil the game, both teams continued to produce high paced skills that keep the audience eyes transfixed on the players, until he Red Carded Damion Stewart for a second bookable offence after 61 minutes.

The wounded ten man Harbour View found  in the midfield and he worked his way past two defenders to drive home another scorcher from 22 yards out to lead for the third and final time.

Harbour View re-organised and consolidated their defensive position while coming close to scoring late in the game as substitute Nicholas McCreath slammed a shot goalwards for Ried to bring off a fantastic acrobatic save but Waterhouse seemed to have lost the will to compete as the game ended, 3-2.

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The opening game saw a very poor performance from Harbour View who just never seemed interested in the contest as a smart looking Arlington FC had their own way all day and duly ran out 2-0 victors with goals in each half.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE:

In what may seem to be a repeat of the of the opening game again the shot taking on goal was released into the path if an opponent in the six yard box early in the game again the striker accepted the gift to lead 1-0 after only six minutes. The forward this time was ex- Harbour View striker Greg Gardner who must have felt quite at home as he tapped into a empty net from three yards out.

Harbour View were good enough to respond immediately when a corner was headed in by Thomas Grant for his first Harbour View goal at the back post and two minutes later in minute eleven another square was not cleared properly and was duly driven home from close in by Luton Shelton for a two to one lead.

Stunned by the double blow Arlington’s goalkeeper fell to the floor in pain to receive treatment, as his team appeared shell-shocked even after Grant squared again from the left flank for Shelton to tap home from two yards out as the halftime beckoned.

Harbour View 3, Arlington 1.

The rout continued in the second stanza as another goal was added as substitutes Nicholas McCreath found his new partner Jomo Gordon at the penalty spot, to drive home the goal. Luton Shelton was gifted his hatrick when Jermaine Hue’s thirty yards pass split the defence wide open and his foul was greeted with a penalty call. The team allowed the eighteen year old to take it but a brilliant save by the custodian denied him and Harbour View from adding to the score sheet.


 

HARBOUR VIEW FOOTBALL CLUB REGRETS THE PASSING OF ROXY WILLIAMS

RoxyWiliam It is with deep regret  that we inform you that Roxy Williams former executive of the Football Club died from a result of a massive stroke sustained on early Sunday morning.

The very capable medical staff at the University Hospital tried their best but unfortunately all the treatments were not successful, as he passed away at minutes after 2am this morning surrounded by family and friends.

All the appropriate arrangements are being speedily put in place and we will keep everyone informed.

Please keep his family in your prayers, wife Leslie, sons Jermaine, Sean and Kimani.

LOAN AGREEMENT

Our discussions recently have explored ongoing linkages between W-Connection Football Club and the Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) specifically the loan of four national players to your club until the end of your season.

The players Jermaine Hue, Robert Scarlett, Christopher Harvey and Lovel Palmer are to arrive in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday May 24th, 2004 and return to Jamaica on Thursday September 16th, 2004.

We look forward to both caribbean club’s continued mutual development in the business of football, as we celebrate our 30th year.

 

CONGRATULATIONS:

CONGRATULATIONS TO PLAYERS, COACHES, MANAGERS AND THE COMMUNITY

On producing an exceptional season in which the following results have been accomplished so far:
Under 13 Champions
Under 20 KSAFA Champions Leading goalscorer – Romario Campbell (13 goals)
Female team third place
Under 15 finalists,
Jamaica Football Federation Under 21 – End of second Round Finalist, Championship finalist, Leading Goalscorer – Kemar Petrekin (16 goals),
Wray & Nephew / JFF Premier League Championship Finalist, End of First Round Finalist, Second overall in League standings, Most Attacking Team, Leading Goalscorer – Fabian Taylor (19 goals), Fabian Taylor –Player of the Month on four occasions, September, November 2003 and January and February 2004, Donovan Hayles Coach of the Month in September 2003 and April 2004,
JNBS Federation Cup Semifinalist, Leading Goalscorer – Nicholas McCreath (6 goals)

 

Well done and best of luck in the upcoming competitions remaining in the 30th Anniversary season – U-15, U-17, U-20, Female and Masters over 35 years.

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Two late strikes from teenage sensation Luton Shelton made a tightly contested game seem like a easy victory at the newly built Waterhouse stadium.

The early second half strike from left full back Craig Stewart cannoned into the back of the net with goalkeeper Loxely Reid stranded on the goal-line as the shot whistled past him in minute 54.

In a game where coach Donovan Hayles rested all of five of his main players for injury or accumulated yellow cards the team came up trumps as they were never missed as teamwork was the concept on the day. Captain Damion Stewart and namesake Donald Stewart each on yellow (2) cards, Robert Scarlett on a red, injured Nicholas McCreath, Greg Gardner and a not so fit Jermaine Hue just recovering after four weeks, played only twenty minutes as a substitute as Leon Gordon just returning from red card suspension sat on the bench.

Last weeks goalscorer young Christopher ‘Jamel’ Harvey started in his age group level of Under 21 and lead from the defence keeping a clean sheet and steering the team to a hard fought 2-0 win with a late double strike from substitute forward Mervyn Miller in minutes 71 and 83 to win 2-0 and retain a favourable third position going into the semi-finals against former Under 21 champions Arnett Gardens, leaders Portmore tackles Rivoli in the other.

Next Wednesday Harbour View takes on reigning champions Portmore United in the Premier League semi-finals then Tivoli Gardens versus Village at a venue to be announced.

PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS AFTER PRELIMINARY ROUNDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

TIVOLI 70 points
HARBOUR VIEW 65 points
PORTMORE UNITED 60 points
VILLAGE UNITED 56 points
WATERHOUSE 53 points
RIVOLI UNITED 51 points

Harbour View’s Fabian Taylor still leads the goalscoring chart with 19 goals.

JFF UNDER 21 LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS AFTER PRELIMINARY ROUNDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PORTMORE UNITED 48 points
ARNETT GARDENS 41 points
HARBOUR VIEW  37 points
RIVOLI UNITED 36 points

Harbour View’s Kemar Petrekin still leads the goalscoring chart with 14 goals.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner is set to return to competitive action for Bolton Wanderers when he plays a reserves league game against Liverpool this weekend.

We wish you a safe return Ricardo, from us all.

CONGRATULATIONS to Damion ‘stewpeas’ Stewart on being selected to the Caribbean All Stars team for the friendly game against Morrocco in Grenada on Sunday May 2nd, 2004 to mark the opening of the Digicel’s Caribbean Cup between nations of the caribbean. The special guest at the function is President Nelson Mandela.

Damani Ralph scored his first league goal and his teams in a victorious 1-0 effort against the DC United on Saturday after disposing of five (5) defenders in his wake midway the second half.

Fabian Taylor’s assist helped New York/ New Jersey Metrostars to a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution at home to maintain the leadership of the zone with seven points from three games. They are followed by Damani’s Chicago Fire (six points from four games) who they play this Saturday in Chicago.

Akeem Priestly, Ryan Thompson and Luton Shelton were all participants is the recently held two game series between the Reggae Boyz and the USA in Fort Lauderdale where the USA won both matches by 1-0 and 4-0.

Damion Stewart and Jermaine Hue are invited to the Reggae Boyz squad along with Damani Ralph for Wednesday’s game against Venezuela at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Two goals by defender Christopher “Jamel” Harvey on both sides of the half made for a winning end of season at the compound. After many goal-scoring opportunities were wasted by forwards Luton Shelton and Greg Gardner a strike from 20 yards out on the stroke of halftime by Christopher Harvey put the hosts into the lead at the break.

Then Rivoli responded with a one-time shot from Derrick Planter in the 73rd minute to level the scores as Rivoli sort a all important victory to stay alive in the race for fourth place and a berth into the semi-finals for the first time.

Then Harvey header at the far post in minute 80 meant the game confirms Harbour View as the second placed team and stops the chances of Rivoli advancing as the fourth placed team.

The final games are scheduled for next Sunday April 25th with HARBOUR VIEW away to 5th placed WATERHOUSE on 53 points.

ASTER MONDAY FOOTBALL FESTIVAL IN MANDEVILLE

The annual festival put on by Los Perfectos Football Club organized by former JFF President and CONCACAF Executive Mr Tony James was a success. The Harbour View family happily made the trek across the middle of the island to the newly upgraded Brooks Park Complex. Six-a-side football competitions, netball, fun day activities for the family, discotheque music along with the throng of residents from surrounding area made the day unforgettable.

The 4pm Master’s League game saw Harbour View winning by 3-0 over Los Perfectos Masters with two goals by Micheal “Blackamike” McIntosh and the third by Neville ‘Val’ Richards.

The feature game between Harbour View Under 21 team versus Los Perfectos Super League campaigner ended with a 1-0 victory to Los P.

Food, Fun and Fraternity was the essence of the get-together of the groups as wives,girlfriends and children were the focus of the day as everyone enjoyed the social outing which as been built up between both clubs over 25 years.


 

HARBOUR VIEW ADVANCES TO SECOND POSITION WITH A SOLID 3-1 DEFEAT OVER ARNET GARDENS!

The compound rocked with the vibrations of solid attacking football as “The Stars of the East” whipped the out-of-sorts Arnett Gardens at the Compound with three second half goals to come from behind and snatch victory.

Consolidating their second place in the points table on 56 points and to end the distant last gasps effort of Arnett Gardens (38 points) to sneak into the semi-finals, As leaders Tivoli Gardens (64 points) edged champions Portmore United (53 points) by 2-1 at the Railway Oval to make the losers slip to third position. Rivoli United by defeating Star Cosmos by 2-0 and Village United defeating Trelawny neighbours, Invaders by 1-0 means both victors advanced to 50 points over sixth placed Waterhouse who drew 1-1 away to Reno to stay at 48 points.

In a game that started with the Harbour View Cheerleaders chanting “Come-on-the View!”.

The gold and blue boys marched confidently forward as Nicholas McCreath blast was well blocked by Julian McKliesh, then Jomo Gordon shot was parried to Sean Fraser who rushed and kicked high at an open goal. It was the only blemish in an otherwise sound performance from the former junior Under 17 and Under 20 World Cup campaigner.

The good old adage of missing goalscoring opportunities coming back to haunt you was evident when Leon Strickland wormed his way down the center of the defensive wall to beat goalkeeper Leeroy Grey in minute 26 and take the lead. Good exchanges highlighted the remainder of the stanza. Arnett lead by 1-0 at the break.

Striker Nicholas McCreath lobbed the advancing keeper McKliesh to equalise after 61 minutes, then a foul on Greg Gardner at the top of the area meant a free-kick in the absence of the injured midfielders Jermaine Hue and Daniel Shaw. Christopher Harvey ran the length of the field in celebration as he struck a lethal right-footer through the wall and stopped only by the capable net that bulged extra-ordinarily from the force of the 20 yard shot. The 83rd minute shock was still vibrating as Greg Gardner tapped back to Donald ”Foulie” Stewart on top of the area to shunt to McCreath breaking on the right of goal his calm slot to free man substitute Luton Shelton to tap home from six yards in time added on, to complete the route by 3-1.

In the Under 21 contest earlier in the day Arnett Gardens edged Harbour View by 1-0 courtesy of a Marcellino Blackburn 23rd minute strike to keep themselves in second position as Harbour View remained third behind leaders Portmore United.

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Three injuries in the first 30 minutes, plus a opportunist goal from Nigerian centre forward Uchucheckwu Chinyere were more than enough to deny the determined Jamaica National Building Society Federation Cup Champions a fourth consecutive appearance in the finals yesterday.

It all went wrong when firstly Waterhouse forward Shane Edwards rammed into goalkeeper Leon Gordon side early on and after two attempts to continue he departed after the goal was scored, clearly immobilised. Next ace midfielder Daniel Shaw wilted in agony after stretching for a ball his groin injury was aggrevated, so too newly called up national midfielder Jermaine Hue when taking a free-kick.

All three substitutions were hurriedly made and the team tried in vain to equalise before the break while settling down, that also did not work. The second half saw the true champions mettle come to the fore as every inch of the ground was exploited to get on even terms. Jomo Gordon headed wide, so too captain Damion Stewart and Craig Stewart’s lounge also went the wrong side of the post. Nicholas McCreath’s clear shot from 16 yards never materialised as he slipped upon contact and Sean Fraser’s best effort went wide of the upright with goalkeeper Loxely Reid beaten.

The fourth time repeat winner was not to be as the boys fought galantly but with no reward.

Congratulations to Waterhouse and Village United who made it to their first national final by defeating lower league contestants Santos F.C. who showed a lot of class by 1-0.

Best of luck to both finalists as a new champion will be crowned for the first time since 1999.

 


 

HARBOUR VIEW EDGES PAST RENO BY 1-0.

A Jermaine Hue direct corner kick in minute 80 was just enough to give “The Stars of the East” a well needed three points from a hard earned victory at Frome, Westmoreland.

On a bumpy field, high winds and poor officiating, the Harbour View players battled all afternoon to eek out a victory after coming under harsh tackles, kicks and fouls that went unnoticed by the referee. However in the second half after missed chances by McCreath,

Gordon and Hue the team finally relaxed into a game which concentrated on footbal and not the many distractions about. Firstly McCreath beat goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence who advanced but his shot rolled agonisingly wide of the post. Then Jomo Gordon missed the close in rebound and his shot cleared from the line.

But the game ended in favour of the more enterprising team when a right-sided corner was seemingly blown in past three defenders and the goalkeeper at the near post , to the dismay of the Reno fans as Jermaine Hue’s magic seemed to have worked.

Harbour View now remains joint second with Portmore United on 53 points behind leaders Tivoli on 61.


 

HARBOUR VIEW TRIUMPH OVER TIVOLI BY 3-1 TO MARCH INTO FEDERATION CUP SEMIFINALS AGAINST SANTOS.

Nicholas McCreath’s double strike elevates defending Champions, And brings Tivoli’s 18 game winning streak to a halt.

Under an overcast sky the gold and blue uniform of the “Stars of the East” shone brightly as a stunning first half performance totally destroyed the impressive recent track record of League leaders Tivoli Gardens yesterday afternoon at the Compound to rapturous applause from the home crowd accentuated by the attractive cheerleaders from the grandstand.

It started briskly from the third minute when Jermaine Hue’s pass found Jomo Gordon in a forward position, he raced by his marker on the left before squaring to the instep of number thirteen, Nicholas “Helmet” McCreath who drove home to the far corner of the goal in minute thirteen.

As Tivoli fought back minute 34 would prove devastating for them as Craig Stewart drove ferociously against the base of the upright from 16 yards out leaving everyone in a daze, until Daniel Shaw reacted quickest to slam the rebound home.

Three minutes later Jomo Gordon was at it again, this time releasing McCreath from the half-line to out-sprint the defence before beating the goalkeeper Edsel Scott to his right.

3-0 at the break was too much to ask and even though Tivoli replied with a Lenworth Hyde Jr goal after 71 minutes, it was too little too late as the winning streak was snapped on the 30th anniversary celebrations platform.

Harbour View advances to the semifinals of the islandwide knockout competition at Arnett Gardens complex next Sunday March 28th at 6:00 pm against Waterhouse. This follows semifinal one with Village United versus Santos F.C. at 4:00pm.

 


A tribute to a striker, FABIAN TAYLOR.
By Nicholas McCreath

Player31When magnificent God-given talent is merged with strong discipline and an attitude of determination, the end result is a top class athlete in the form of Fabian Taylor. In the short time that Fabian has graced the NPL with his abilities, he has managed to create a persona as the most feared striker in the league. His amazing scoring touch is yet to be consistently deterred by any team, as he walks away from this his final season as the leading scorer and the most accomplished player for the season thus far. If asked what makes Taylor different from any other forward in the country, my unconscious response would be that he combines prolific scoring with a touch of finesse. He is a cross between an Alan Shearer and a David Bergkamp, making the game look easier than it really is. Watching him play, one may be fooled into thinking that being in the right place at the right time and finishing off a play in silky-smooth fashion is merely a walk in the park. This is the essence of a great striker and Fabian has fully embodied this character sketch.

It is easy to look at people’s successes and to think that it was an easy road to the heights that they have attained. However, the sweat of endurance, the sorrow of disappointment and, most importantly, the strength to go on when even your best efforts don’t seem to do the trick, this is what has elevated Fabian to be a cut above the rest. He is currently the only local forward who has remained in the National team regardless of the number of professionals that make their entrance into the squad. Undaunted by playing only insignificant minutes in big games on occasion, Fabian played these minutes as if they were all that mattered an performed at the same level as anyone else out there. Not withstanding he has been a success on the international scene, as well as the local scene and it is very obvious that he has earned the respect and trust of Technical Director Carl Brown as well as the critical Jamaican fans nationwide.

Fabian has distinguished himself in big moments as a Michael Jordan type clutch player, scoring up to 3 goals at a time in the most important of games. To turn back the hands of time, it was a Fabian Taylor double strike that made the difference in the only game in which HVFC defeated arch rivals Arnett Gardens 3-1 to advance to the Federation cup Final and become the eventual winners of the cup last season. And if that seemed like merely a stroke of luck, this year, he repeated the feat in more splendid fashion by single-handedly masterminding the destruction of Arnett for a 3-2 come-from-behind win for HVFC. He scored all three goals.

What is most amazing about Fabian is not his knack for goal-scoring nor his excellent touch on the ball, but his passion for the game and his competitive attitude. Put simply, he just hates losing. Fabian has a comedic personality and gets along well with most people. He is seemingly always joking around, taking nothing too seriously. However, the moment he steps onto the field of play it is like he becomes a different person. His focus is unbreakable and the comedian becomes the charismatic leader, shouting instructions and leading by example.

Many people are of the opinion that football contracts are a one in a million for the athletes who play. However, I still insist that for some people, like Ricardo Gardener, Ricardo Fuller, Andy Williams, Damani Ralph and Fabian Taylor, the odds are not that far-fetched. In fact, the truth is that, when God chooses to bless you with much, some accomplishments are mere only a matter of time, i.e. an eventuality. Fabian has proven to everyone that he knows what it takes to make it to the next level and that he is poised to truly realize his amazing potential. I only hope that myself, along with my teammates and all others who aspire to reach certain goals in life will be privileged to witness the level of greatness that I strongly believe he can reach, and be inspired by it.

Farewell Fabian, I have no doubt that you will do even better than you have previously done and continue to make Jamaica and the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars, proud. Your new colours may be red and black, but we at Harbour View will always see you in that Gold and Blue number 19 jersey, scoring goal after goal, as your success keeps our dreams alive.

 

With the news of Fabian Taylor being ready to go on loan to the MLS franchise the New York/New Jersey MetroStars soon the other strikers are in a race to takeover the number one spot.

First to open his account was Nicholas McCreath in minute 23 when he tapped home a right-sided square from Lovell Palmer. Four minutes later Greg Gardner and McCreath darted left with the defenders in tow as Daniel Shaw went right, the quick thinking Jermaine Hue went to Shaw who lobbed the advancing goalkeeper to make it two nil, until the break.

Minute 65 was the advent of the third goal as substitute Jomo Gordon completed a sweet move from Daniel Shaw to McCreath who shunted to gordon twelve yards out to score.

He repeated the feat in the 82nd when he outsmarted the defenders at the halfline sprinted goalwards to beat the goalkeeper and score his second.

As if challenged for superiority, McCreath came alive by converting Craig Stewart’s left-sided cross. Then latching onto a through pass from Shaw, to be cut down twice, in the area, before getting up to complete a hatrick, when he stroked home the resulting penalty kick in the 90th minute, too round out the 6-0 routing.

The return leg is on Wednesday at Gray’s Inn in St. Mary.


 

FABIAN TAYLOR AGAIN NAMED “PLAYER OF THE MONTH” FOR FEBRUARY!

Player16aFollow similar awards in September 2003, November 2003, January 2004 once again the goalscoring exploits of Fabian Taylor has been voted “ Player of the month” for a record four times out of a possible six and is already odds on favourite to be “ Player of the Year” with only two months left.

 

FABIAN TAYLOR FOR LOAN TO THE MLS
New York /New Jersey METROSTARS!

The club is currently in discussion with the MLS franchise the New York/New Jersey MetroStars for Fabian Taylor to go on loan in the next few weeks. He will join his former teammates Wolde Harris (Kansas City Wizards) and Damani Ralph (Chicago Fire) in the American top League.

Fabian currently represents the Jamaican National team the “Reggae Boyz” with 29 caps having scored on nine occasions, while leading the Premier League standings with 19 goals for Harbour View Football Club and 52 goals overall in his four years at the club.

 


 

HARBOUR VIEW MASTERS ASSIST “NEPTUNE BASIC SCHOOL”

The Harbour View Masters completed their annual community outreach, with the Neptune Basic School who are the beneficiary. By painting up the front of the building with shapes and numbers 1 to 10 as requested, and bringing cartons of biscuits from Jamaica Biscuit Company Limited for the kids ages 2 to 5 years old.

Further assistance from the collaborative effort with the Jamaica Observer newspaper promotional team with door to door sales throughout the community on Saturday morning of the 30th Anniversary Supplement, a contribution from these sales will be presented next Sunday, at the halftime of the home Premier League game versus Waterhouse.

The team recorded record high sales of the newspaper in the community surpassing the previous best by at least 50%.

We thank all the members of the community for their support in this venture.


 

HARBOUR VIEW ENJOY THANKSGIVING CEREMONY AT ST. BENEDICT’S CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Members of the Harbour View Football Clubs Premier League Team lead by Captain and National Defender Damion Stewart, in addition to executives lead by President Sydney Masters, attended the 8am Thanksgiving service held at the Catholic church of St. Benedict’s in east Harbour View on Sunday morning.

The inspiring mass was a enjoyable occasion for all and the blessings flowed freely, leaving the possibilty to repeat other such events throughout the community.

Other club supporters lead by Mr and Mrs Ossie Douglas and Curtis Simon from the Masters League were in attendance.


HARBOUR VIEW EMERGES WITH STUNNING 4-0 VICTORY OVER ST. MARY CONTENDERS STAR COSMOS AT HOME!

scosmos1_22-04After going down to a disappointing 3-0 loss recently to Arnett Gardens in a closely contested game where plagued by extensive injuries, absence through national duties and poor defending made a mockery of the real game. “The Stars of the East” cruised to a comfortable comeback to trounce bottom of the league team Star Cosmos who were have their best period by not losing in the third round as against the poor form of “the View” in not winning in the round. All that changed quickly as players took on role responsibilities in the absence of the injured leading goal-getter Fabian Taylor to register their first goals for the season led by Nicholas McCreath with two strikes, Greg Gardner with the opener and Daniel Shaw returning from injury in October 2003 to top it off late in the game. The presence of physical trainer Neville Myton and assistant coach Calvert Fitzgerald helped rejuvenate the sluggish form of the team.

Changes in the starting line-up significantly signaled a more purposeful effort from the outset where custodian Leon Grey re-emerged between the sticks, National defender and captain Damian Stewartreturned after an outstanding performance against Uruaguay, midweek, Clifton Wuagh back from injury, Christopher Harvey returns from national Under 23 Olympic qualifiers in Mexico, Jermaine Hue restated his presence after much acclaim in the national tour in China accompanied there by promising young talent Lovell Palmer while Greg Gardner partnered McCreath upfront abandoning the one-man attack instituted in the former game.

Donald Stewart assisted Greg Gardner to open the scoring after 28 minutes when he rounded the goalkeeper, then Jermaine Hue found McCreath to improve the scoreline in minute 42 to go the break with a 2-0 advantage. Many forays into the opponents penalty area bore no fruit as shots from McCreath and a sizzling swerving drive from 23 yards out by Hue slammed the bar, Scarlett, Hue and Gardner hit wide and Stewart headed over the crossbar from a corner all meant the score should have increased in the first half.

Similar dominance in the second half continued as the improved physical preparation showed but lapses by Sean Fraser, McCreath, Gardner, Harvey, Stewart and Scarlett all added to the scoreline being lesser than impressive until McCreath from a Harvey cross then Daniel Shaw worked his way through the area to finish off a strong game blemished by ineffective finishing to remain joint second in the league with Portmore United who defeated Constant Spring by 1-0.

The Under 21 team leap-frogged over Star Cosmos into third place overall by securing a 1-0 win courtesy of the returning injured national Under 23 striker Luton Shelton in minute 63.scosmos3_22-04

 


30th Anniversary Game!

A group of former Harbour View players based in the USA will be coming home for The Harbour View Football Club 30th Anniversary celebration and will organize a Masters Football match on Sunday, March 14th at 5:30pm at the Compound following the Under 21 game (1:00pm) Premier League game versus Waterhouse at 3:30pm.

The following overseas players have already agreed to participate in the game; Clennon Clarke,Altimont “Freddie” ButlerHoward “Juicy” CainCornel DyceRichard “Duck” Green,Howard “Magic head” KerrDougie BellPaul “Goosey” Bennett and “Boardeye” Irons more to confirm soon. Local players such as Barrington “Cobra” GaynorPeter CargillDominic “Dom Dom” and Audley “Bully” Spualding and Kevin Rose will be invited for the guest team.

The local team includes players like Owen “Ital” StewartOssie KerrOwen “Busta” Kirkland,Michael “Blacka” McIntoshRichard CokeWayne” Yaya” HunterRoy WilliamsLancelot “Benny” TroupeAli McNabDV HaylesClyde JureidiniBarry BrownSydney McFarlane,Dexter and Dean LaidleyAnthony “Teedo” TomlinsonNeville “Val” RichardsMichael “Zalla” Allen and many more will be there laughing.

Contact person: Clyde Jureidini –3698720 mobile,9780205 home, 9387155 or 66 at Club Office.


 

 

HARBOUR VIEW LETS IN LATE GOAL AS RENO RECOVERS IN 1-1 DRAW.

PREMIER LEAGUE:

scosmos2_22-04The ever reliable Fabian Taylor made his mark on the score sheet for the sixth consecutive Premier League game when he hit home a volley from the top of the box past National goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence in minute 41.

Good goalkeeping in addition to inaccurate finishing caused the scoreline to remain at 1-0 at the break as both Reno and Harbour View attackers each shot wide twice from close-in from difficult angles.

Substitute Delvano Brown came on just before the halftime interval to alter all that when he seemingly duplicated Taylors’ strike from the exact same spot in minute 63 to level the score and give Reno a share of the points on their trip back to Westmoreland.

Taylor,Craig Stewart, Rohan Afflick and Dino Williams all failed to open the gap between both teams as they tried to secure victory that in the end proved elusive, while Reno counter-attacked twice to evoke fears of losing three valuable points at the business end of the season.

Harbour View slipped to third overall on joint 44 points with Portmore United (+20) but with a lesser goal difference (+17). Tivoli leads on 48 points.

UNDER 21:

Reno2Feb1-04Kemar Petrekin continued his unslaught on the junior league goalscoring title as he again scored to take his tally to 15 in the record breaking time of 18 seconds.

He was supported by goals from midfielder Anthony Christie and Mervin Miller, his first for the club since joining within the new transfer window during January 2004.

They remain in fourth position overall on 27 points.

The Prison Oval erupted in the second minute of play when Patrick Beech’s shot was parried into the path of Denzil Hyatt who shot goalwards for Leeroy Grey to once again block but not totally as the pace of the kick rested in the back of the net. Beech raced across the turf in jubilation quickly followed by his teammates as the crowd roared the prison shook and the discotheque bellowed chants of victory through songs.

Rivoli had sounded its warning of a battle cry, the lines are drawn and first blood shed.

Harbour View never read the script and so onward and forward they strove ever looking dangerous always sniffing around they opponents goalmouth with a chilling accuracy in possession but not yet climaxing the final product, goal. Dino Williams first kicked over the bar from 12 yards, followed by Fabian Taylor’s header hit the upright then McCreath pulling wide from close in. The pressure mounted and the robust tackling of the central defenders only delayed the inevitable as the resultant free-kicks from Jermaine Hue never hit the target until minute 22 when he curved a trademark left-footer from 23 yards hit the ‘pigeon-hole’, 1-1.

Ten minutes later Hue again stormed the penalty area to square to Donald Stewart who hit one-time into the far corner through the legs of a defender as it went wide of the goalkeeper.

2-1 as the second half begun but everyone awaited the final rites to be fulfilled as Fabian Taylor was yet to score on his former home-ground, he is in good form, hungry and competent. He obliged when Dino Williams square was headed into the far post but as Donald Stewart guided it over the line the referee ruled he used his hand to assist him as Donald protested he only achieved a caution for his troubles. Fabian returned soon thereafter to turn his defender and then slip it towards the far side of the goal away from the goalkeeper to close out the score sheet 3-1 around the 72nd minute.

The end of the second round had come and Harbour View once again lead the League on 43 points, second is Tivoli Gardens 42, Portmore 41, Waterhouse 39, Village 38 and Rivoli 36 round out the top six clubs.

The third round begins on Sunday February 1st with two rounds of six clubs each playing 5 games at home and away.

 


 

HARBOUR VIEW TRASHES STAR COSMOS BY 3-0 TO TAKEOVER THE PREMIERSHIP LEAD. 
Under 21 squad roars into the End of Second Round Finals with resounding 8-0 victory.

In a spirited performance at the Compound both junior and senior teams left homesters smiling as they danced and pranced around the disorganised Star Cosmos teams to takeover leadership positions in varied ways. Firstly leading the overall Premier League standings on 40 points, Leading the standings in the second round of the Under 21 with 17 points, then qualifying for those finals next Sunday, leading goalscorers in both divisions Fabian Taylor in the seniors with 17 goals and Kemar Petrekin in the juniors with 14 goals.

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UNDER 21:

Early in the day a purposeful Under 21 unit went about their chores with a plumb lead by Kemar Petrekin (1Oth minute) followed by Akeem Priestley (12th minute) then Michily Waul (29th minute) that left Harbour View with a comfortable 3-0 lead at the halftime.

The second half of the second half was a perfect replica of the first with Petrekin followed by Priestley followed by Waul to raise the 6-0 target against the second round group leaders before the start of the game. The third replica was tarnished only by the missed chance of Petrekin as both Priestley then Waul completed their hatricks as the polished off a classy performance with late goals in minutes 86 and 89 respectively.

We wish you all the best of luck in your End of Round Final next weekend against Arnett Gardens at Arnett Gardens.

PREMIER LEAGUE:

Recently embarassed by come from behind losses the ‘Stars of the East’ still smarting came to the game in an assertive tone dominated from early on as missed opportunities amounting to seven went abegging due to hasty shooting, bad selections and a well positioned goalkeeping halted the start of scoring until minute 44 when Jermaine Hue curled a trademark free-kick around the wall and into the far upright from 21 yards out.

Before that Leeroy Grey had to dive full length to his right to make a two handed save low down to a well struck but poorly placed penalty conceded when Lovell Palmer handled the ball on its way goalward.

The second half heralded the beginning of the end for Star Cosmos as goalgetter Fabian Taylor started by finishing off two more constructive moves by newly found midfielder Nicholas McCreath, who shaken right then left before darting straight and centre to his created path goalwards where he unleahesd a thunderous right-footer which was blocked but fell into the path of Taylor who struck with venom to score. This was followed by McCreath next stellar move to pass to Taylor and the later to oblige inside the far post in minute 75. The fat lady had sung as Jermaine Hue turned on the thrills with combinations with McCreath and Donald ‘Fouly’ Stewart to ease the tension towards the end.

Fabian Taylor was voted ‘Player of the Month’ for the month of December again after achieving the status in September 2003, Congratulations Fabian!!

This Wednesday January 21st HARBOUR VIEW PLAYS RIVOLI UNITED at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 3:00pm.

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