A bad pre-season was to be blamed as Humble Lion offered little in attack before going down 0-1 to Harbour View and crashed to their third defeat in four games at the Compound on Sunday night.

Kemeel Wolfe, who was sarcastically cheered off when he was substituted in the 77th minute, was the match winner as his deflected shot wrong-footed goalkeeper Garth Heron in the 59th.

Harbour View, with their second win of the season, jumped two places to fourth on seven points, while Humble Lion slipped three spots to 11th on three.

Following losses to Sporting Central and Arnett Gardens, Humble Lion clipped Montego Bay United, 1-0, last week to kick-start their season, but on Sunday, their woes continued with a below-par performance.

Head coach Lenworth Hyde Snr told the Jamaica Observer his team’s performance so far is basically due to a late start in training.

Said Hyde: “We’re not ready yet at all, but I love how we’re playing. We had a lot of possession, but we never created enough chances. As I said before, we didn’t have a good pre-season; we started late and it’s going to take a time for us to get going.”

He added: “But the greatest thing is we have some time. We will continue working hard and try and get them up to that standard that we were at the end of last season… it will take a little time to get the chemistry flowing again.”

Meanwhile, Harbour View dominated and should have won by a wider margin despite both teams hitting the crossbar once.

Harbour View’s head coach Vinimore ‘Vin’ Blaine was happy for the three points at home in a hard-fought game which saw them climb up the table to fourth.

Said Blaine: “We knew… that Humble Lion would come very rough. I spoke to the players to get them mentally prepared for that. We said to them that today’s game was a defining game for us going forward. If we lost this game it would really throw us back, so we needed these three points.
“We got a fortunate bounce off a deflection and a goal and we will take it any day and because we also got a good chance and the bar saved it. I am really pleased with the three points,” said Blaine.

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Jaron Richards, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, Evan Taylor, Kemeel Wolfe (Joel Senior 77th), Jermaine Hue, Eric Vernan (Kimorlee Brissett 74th), John Ross Edwards, Roland Dean (Jermie Lynch 63rd)

Subs not used: A Taylor, N Beckett, R Morris, D Woodhouse, K Lawrence, R Lewis, D Edwards, L Hodges

Booked: John-Ross Edwards (62nd), Robert Williams (67th), Jaron Richards (85th)

Humble Lion — Garth Heron, Adrian Mitchell, Kirk Duckworth, Dwayne Dunk, Francis Ebanks, Shauntel Mundle (Michael Moreland 77th), Gregory Morgan (Michael Blygen 70th), Ricardo Campbell, Andrew Isaacs, Carlington Smith (Jermaine Christian 73rd), Omando McLoud.

Subs not used: J Messam, E Thomas, M Miller, Da Barrett

Booked: Andrew Isaacs (33rd), Kirk Duckworth (37th), Adrian Mitchell (81st).

Referee: Raymond Bogle
Assistants: Garnett Page, Stephen Brown
Fourth Official: Karl Tyrell
Match Commissary: Charlie Barrett

A Cash Prize of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) is to be awarded to a footballer who plays in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) each month. This is known as the “Star Baller of the Month”

The Criteria for the Star Baller of the Month is as follows: 1. Positive Impact on Team’s Performance 2. Disciplinary Record 3. Number of Games Played (for the month) 4. Shut Outs (Goal Keeper) 5. Goals Scored (** optional)

The selection (per match) is to be determined by the Coach of the respective Teams based on which player he thought best carried his instructions to his players.

The Match Commissioner will record the selection from both coaches on the day (with both coaches giving their selection on the opposing team).

This will then be submitted to PFAJ with Match Commissioner’s Report after which the winner will be decided.

The third-round Red Stripe Premier League clash between old rivals Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View was packed with drama, as the teams played out a 2-2 draw yesterday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

Veteran Jermaine Hue shone brightest for the Stars of the East, as he scored both of his team’s goals in the 67th and 87th minutes to cancel out strikes from Tivoli’s Nicholas Scott (21st) and Davion Garrison (90+2).

A feature of the game was goalkeeping errors, which resulted in the first goal in the 17th minute when Harbour View’s custodian Ashek Taylor dwelled on a back pass from his captain Montrose Phinn, resulting in Scott charging down his attempted clearance, which rebounded into the goal.

Tivoli best first half

Harbour View immediately went in search of the equaliser and appeared to have had a good shot for a penalty in the 25th minute, as Eric Vernan’s shot was blocked by keeper Deron Duncan from point blank range. Vernan seemed to have been fouled in the area while attempting to retrieve the rebound, but he was cautioned by referee Dwight Royal for what was interpreted to be a ‘dive’.

Tivoli had the better of play in the first half, but the tide turned eight minutes into the second half, as Scott was ejected by Royal for serious foul play following his challenge on Vernan.

Harbour View immediately started making use of the space and got a foothold in the game. It, however, took a blunder by Tivoli’s keeper, Duncan, in the 67th minute for Harbour View to find an equaliser, as he failed to hold a 25-yard effort from Hue, which flew straight to him at chest height.

“Once we went down to 10 men, you cannot compete the right way against a quality team like Harbour View,” Tivoli’s coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey reasoned. “Once we went short, you notice they started to spread the ball on us and had us chasing.

“But we showed character … and the substitution paid off,” he added.

Hue would give his team the lead in the 87th minute in uncharacteristic fashion, as he headed home his third goal in as many matches, following a good cross by Jaron Richards from the right flank.

The second minute of stoppage time saw another costly mistake by Taylor, as he spilled a free kick – which was fired across the face of goal by Fitzroy Campbell – for second-half substitute Garrison to pop up on the back post and tap in.

“I am very disappointed. The first goal, we gave them a gift, and we came back and gave them a gift with one minute of the game left to go,” Harbour View’s coach, Vin Blaine, stated.

“It is the same thing that happened last game when we gave away a goal. It is ridiculous,” he added.

All games scheduled to be played on Sunday September 22nd were postponed to a date to be announced as the meteorological office predicts the inclement weather would persist, making the already soggy fields unplayable. The games were called off late Saturday afternoon as some clubs had to make arrangements to travel overnight. The league resumes on Wednesday with games rescheduled from last Wednesday September 18th – when Harbour View  travels  to Constant Spring.

AFTER drawing almost half of their 38 league games last season, Vin Blaine, the new head coach of former Premier League champions Harbour View, was ecstatic with a season-opening victory at home on Sunday.

The ‘Stars of the East’ came from a goal down in the second half to snatch a 2-1 victory over Montego Bay United. Veteran midfielder Jermaine ‘Maestro’ Hue pulled his team level with a trademark free-kick two minutes after Omar Gordon had bombed in a right-footed volley in the 55th minute, only for substitute and debutant Eric Vernan to grab the winner in the 71st.

“I am very comfortable with the result, I couldn’t ask for any more. We came from behind and scored two goals and that’s good for us,” remarked Blaine at game’s end.

“I think we had a very good game, but unfortunately they scored against the run of play, but the good thing is that the players didn’t panic. Jermaine Hue scored, I think, at the right time and that gave the players the confidence to put the ball down and start paying again,” he added.

Losing coach Brazilian Neider Dos Santos thought his players underperformed, particularly in the first half.

“We didn’t start at our best,” he offered. “I didn’t like the first half, but second half we improved a little bit, and it was an even match, we managed to score first and after that a silly foul and they took opportunity for that.

“It is a shame that we didn’t play our game in terms of ball possession, but the next game is a mandatory three points for us,” he said.
Following a goalless first half, Gordon put his team ahead when he drilled home a powerful volley from about 30 yards which sailed over the head of the backpedalling Ashek Taylor in goal.

But the Montego Bay supporters had barely concluded their celebrations when Hue produced a bit of magic from outside the right-hand side of the penalty box. The little player curled the ball at pace at Davain Watkins’ near post, beating his flailing hands in the process to evoke delight from the home crowd.

Immediately upon his introduction, Vernan was presented with a glorious chance to put his new team ahead, but the former Portmore United player had his tame effort well saved by Watkins, who injured himself in the process.

But the speedy little player never had to wait too much longer to strike the target as another debutant substitute Roland Dean serve him on a platter with a centre pass in the 71st minute and this time he made no mistake tapping home left-footed.

Kemeel Wolfe then squandered a number of chances to increase the lead during a frantic spell, and they almost paid for the profligacy, as at the other end fortune favoured the home side when Christopher Harvey cleared off the line after Jaron Richards’ miscued clearance headed for goal.
“In the last 10 minutes they came at us again but we kept behind the ball and even so we could have scored again but I can’t really ask any more for a first game and we really executed well. That’s how we train, we do so as a running team and as a passing team and I think the players did that today.”

Teams:


Harbour View — Ashek Taylor, Jaron Richards, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, Evan Taylor, John-Ross Edwards, Jermaine Hue, Joel Senior (Eric Vernan 62nd), Keniel Wolfe (Kimorlee Brissett 88th), Jeremie Lynch (Roland Dean 69th).

Booked: None
Subs not used: M Barrett, G Whynter, L Hodges, R Morris, N Beckett, D Woodhouse, K Lawrence, R Muir, J Spence

Montego Bay United — Davain Watkins, Dwayne Ambusley, Fabian McCarty, Omar Gordon, Winston Wilkinson, Donovan Carey, Leslie St Fleur, Brian Brown (Allan Ottey 78th), Keniel Kirlew (Kemiro James 31st), Olando McBean (John Barrett 61st), Cordel Simpson

Booked: Ambusley (54th), Simpson (70th), James (79th)
Subs not used: J Fisher, M Parcell, N Stewart, S Campbell,

Referee: Kevin Morrison
Assistants: Ricardo Morgan, Malachi Brown
Fourth Official: Gwayne Scott
Match Commissary: Anthony Cook

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Blaine-happy-with-H-View-s-winning-start_12433653#ixzz25VomrHjf

Lucozade renews sponsorship at Harbour View FC
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

GSK GlaxoSmithKline, through its brand, Lucozade Sports, has shown its unwavering commitment to the Harbour View Football Club by renewing its sponsorship for another year.
The sponsorship deal, which was first inked in 2007, has a monetary value of $600,000 in direct cash only, but more importantly, the value of the cases of Lucozade donated monthly is about $1.5 million, plus cash incentive for four outstanding players in each round adds another $55,000 for a grand total of $2.15 million annually.
The deal was renewed during Sunday’s opening game of the 2012-2013 Red Stripe Premier League when Harbour View hosted Montego Bay United at the Mini-Stadium.
GSK GlaxoSmithKline was represented by brand manager Christopher Cook, who presented four gift baskets to goalscorer and veteran player Jermaine Hue, as well as three debutantes — newly-transferred players Evan Taylor, Roland Dean and Eric Vernan.
There was also a tent for the sampling of the company’s products.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lucozade-renews-sponsorship-at-Harbour-View-FC_12434276#ixzz25VozjgQM

Reggae Boyz Arrive
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

 

Reggae Boyz (from left) Dicoy Williams and Ryan Johnson on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Sunday night ahead of Friday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifying game against the United States at the National Stadium. (Photo: Collin Reid)

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GSK GlaxoSmithKline, through its brand, Lucozade Sports, has shown its unwavering commitment to the Harbour View Football Club by renewing its sponsorship for another year.

The sponsorship deal, which was first inked in 2007, has a monetary value of $600,000 in direct cash only, but more importantly, the value of the cases of Lucozade donated monthly is about $1.5 million, plus cash incentive for four outstanding players in each round adds another $55,000 for a grand total of $2.15 million annually.

The deal was renewed during Sunday’s opening game of the 2012-2013 Red Stripe Premier League when Harbour View hosted Montego Bay United at the Mini-Stadium.

GSK GlaxoSmithKline was represented by brand manager Christopher Cook, who presented four gift baskets to goalscorer and veteran player Jermaine Hue, as well as three debutantes — newly-transferred players Evan Taylor, Roland Dean and Eric Vernan.

There was also a tent for the sampling of the company’s products.

DONOVAN ‘DV’ Hayles, the former Harbour View head coach who was replaced by Vin Blaine, insists he was not axed but instead, left for greener pastures after being given another role at the club

“Well, no matter how you want it to sound or maybe sound or look, in a coach’s life no matter how great you do or how bad you do, a sensible coach never unpacks his suitcase,” Hayles told the Jamaica Observer

HAYLES… a sensible coach never unpacks his suitcase

“There are times when the clubs look for changes for various reasons. It would be sensational for people to say ‘yes, coach has been axed’ or ‘fired’. It sounds great,” admitted Hayles.

“But the truth is that at Harbour View football club I’ve served that club for over 20 years and I think that in every sense, I’m one of the most successful coaches,” he argued.

“I won everything at every level, but there comes a time when the club has to look and see if they can further improve. They have reviewed my performance and they believe they can get more or better and nothing is wrong with that,” he added.

Hayles was shifted to the area of youth development at Harbour View, but a tempting offer came which he could not refuse.

“It a matter of transition and to say that I was axed is not really true because I was still a part of the coaching and development, but an offer came to me that looked really attractive and I couldn’t refuse at Kingston College (KC) and the fact that I don’t have that great responsibility at Harbour View, I decided to take the one at KC. But I’m very much a part of Harbour View,” he noted.

Hayles, who played for Harbour View from the age of 12 up to the senior level, winning various titles as a player, had three stints as coach at the club and led them to their last Premier League triumph in 2010.

But having led Harbour View to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship in the 2005-06 season, becoming the first Jamaican coach to do so, he, unfortunately, will be remembered for allowing a 13-point lead to slip from his grasp in finishing as runners-up to Waterhouse in 2006.
Although the ‘Stars of the East’ recovered to reclaim the crown in 2006-2007, Hayles could only watch from the stands, having been replaced by Lenworth Hyde.

Hayles, a former KC schoolboy player who assumed the reigns at his alma mater this season, will be baptised in a new capaacity in the Annual Roper Cup extravaganza against arch-rivals and neighbours St George’s College on Saturday at Emmett Park.
KC have not won the coveted Manning Cup title in 26 years, dating back to 1986, and Hayles will be under pressure to deliver. This he expects, but nonetheless asks for patience as he builds his own programme at KC.

Discarded Reggae Boy Evan Taylor – once fast-tracked for greatness – is quietly optimistic that a summer transfer to former Premier League champions Harbour View could revive a floundering international career.

Taylor joined the Stars of the East on a three season-long loan from boyhood club Reno during the summer transfer window and showed impressive form for his new club, as he dominated the midfield in recent showings of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions Cup.

“I am looking to do well here and I would like to say thanks to the club for believing in me. They made me feel at home and feel welcome, so I’m looking forward to giving it a good shot,” said Taylor, who also had a stint at the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency and Charleston Battery of the USA’s Pro League.

Taylor has come a long way from 2008, when the midfielder, then only 19 years old, made a big impression on then national senior football team coach Rene Simoes.

The coach invited Taylor to train with the national senior team after watching him pull the strings in the centre of the park for the Under-20 team. What came next for the youngster was a bit of a surprise – even for him – a dizzy rise to prominence, thrust into a starting midfield role for the senior squad in crucial Word Cup Qualifying games.

At the time Simoes drew comparisons to another Jamaican youngster who made his debut as a teenager, Ricardo Gardner (who had an exceptional stint at English Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers), but unfortunately for Taylor, things would not turn out quite so well.

The young midfielder – along with a couple of the Brazilian coach’s more controversial selections who looked comfortable in earlier fixtures against lower-rated teams – bore the brunt of the blame for the failed start to the 2010 campaign, which saw Jamaica take one point from their first three games, which included big losses away to Mexico and Honduras.

Perhaps not surprisingly, current national coach Theodore Whitmore, who took over following Simoes’ dismissal, did not share his optimism regarding Taylor. The player and his teammate Davion Thorpe, and a few others, were unceremoniously returned to the Under-20 in favour of more experienced players. Since then, national team caps have been hard to come by.

Recalled in 2010

Taylor was recalled by Whitmore in 2010 ahead of the Digicel Caribbean Championship, but never made the final cut. However, he remains optimistic.

“I’m confident that there is still a place for me (in the national team), I can definitely force my way back into contention and work my way back in,” Taylor told The Gleaner.

“I just have to work hard, really hard. My aim is to get back into the national team, that is one of my dreams, so I’m determined to give it my best shot,” he added.

The 23-year-old insists that despite being initiatially troubled by the jarring fall back to reality, he now uses it as a source of inspiration.
“It’s definitely a motivational factor for me, I just have to build on that. I have to hold my head up, I won’t let it drop. I just know I have to build and come again.”

The Harbour View FC Captain and Reggae Boyz midfielder, Edwards just signed on Friday, with Mikkelin Palloilijat (MP) Division 2 in Finland, and started in the game on Sunday.

Richard “Shortman” Edwards scores on debut in Finland, as his new team defeated FC Kiffen by 4-0, with Richard scoring the third goal. The MP strikers’ shot was blocked and deflected outside the area, Richard’s first-time drive lodged inside the far post out of the reach of the stranded goalkeeper, much to the delight of the debutant!

Williams keen to regain starting spot after injury layoff

After a year out of competitive football due to injury, Reggae Boy Dicoy Williams played 45 minutes for Toronto FC against Liverpool recently in a preseason game and cannot wait for more.

“That was the first real test I have had since my comeback and I can’t wait for more,” the 25-year-old six-footer told The Gleaner following his “satisfying” run out.

“I played five minutes against Houston (Dynamo) recently, but this 45 minutes against Liverpool I would say is my official comeback,” added Williams, who had featured in four reserve games and has been on the bench for a number of first team matches.

Williams expressed satisfaction with his performance.

“I feel good man. I feel like I put in a good shift, I got some tackles in and passed the ball around. I was not frightened because it was Liverpool that we were up against. It was a normal game for me,” said the player who had torn both his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and the Medial Collateral Ligament in his right knee while representing Jamaica against Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Miami last year.

“I approached it like any other game. I wanted to prove to the coach that I am back, that my confidence is back and that I can give more than say five minutes,” the former Mona High School, Arnett Gardens and Harbour View player explained.

The right knee, Williams said, is sound and ready to handle the pounding on the football field.

“The knee feels good. It was strong and I got in some real tackles man. I am not worried about it anymore and went into the tackles without even thinking about it. People asked me about it afterwards, but I wasn’t concerned so you know that it is good,” added the man who can play anywhere across the backline.

Good measurement

The test (Liverpool) he got from the Jamaica-born Raheem Sterling he said was a good measurement of his recovery.

“He is very good and has plenty of skill and I kept pace with him and handled him well. He is the fastest player I have ever played against. He is young still and has more to learn, but he will be even better,” he said of Sterling.

Coming back was a major achievement for Williams.

“One of the biggest moments was getting back on the bench. Being out injured was hard. It was the first time that I got injured, but it wasn’t the injury itself that was the worst for me, it was the process of rehabilitation, the mental part of it and getting back to playing, but I got a lot of support and encouragement. Once one is over the mental part it is good,” a relieved Williams said.

Having achieved one of his objectives of getting back into competitive football, Williams said the next step is to get back into the Toronto FC first team. This he said will not be easy.

“I have been on the bench for a little while, but my objective is to get into the starting team. We have a new coach and are getting good results, so it would be difficult to get in now because a coach does not necessarily change a winning team and it is even more difficult for a defender.

“What will have to happen for me to get in right now is that one of the current starting defenders will have to get a card or an injury, but I am not wishing bad for anybody. I’m working really hard, but I know it will be difficult because everyone is doing well,” Williams said.

Williams believes that he is in good enough shape to be considered for the national squad, but knows that will only come after he gets back into the Toronto starting team.

“I feel like I am ready, but no one watches a player on the bench. If you are not playing it is very difficult to be considered for selection. Within myself I know I can do it, but I know for me to be considered I have to be playing and if there are other players playing then they would be considered ahead of me. But if there are no other choices then I am willing.

“I am always willing, but right now I am focused on getting back into this set-up and getting a 90-minute run. I would never want to be in a situation where I am not ready and short-change the country,” added Williams.

While he has been out of the Jamaican team, Williams said he has been keeping a track of what is happening and keeping in touch with coach Theodore Whitmore.

“I have been keeping track of the team. I watch the news every night and read the newspapers online. I also keep in touch with the coach and let him know what is happening with me. My teammates I keep in touch with through email, Facebook and BlackBerry messenger,” Williams revealed.