Congratulations HVFC on once again becoming the Premier League Champions for a fourth time since 2000, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Adding a glorious triple crown to the End of Second Round Champions as well as the KSAFA Yellow Pages Knockout titles this season.

The highest congratulations to our HVFC Technical Team, who in their first year over-achieved with class and professionalism to set new standards of excellence, headed by Coach, Vin Blaine, Assistant Coach, Harold Thomas, Physical Trainer, Coach, Andrew Hines, Team Manager, Jacqueline Cowan, Assistant Wesley “Umpire” Parchment, Equipment Managers, Jermaine “Twinny” Malcolm and Dwayne “Bruckie” Blake, assisted by Junior Amore, of course the Driver extra-ordinaire, Cornel “Fuzzy” Austin. The invaluable services of Shaunette Pike, Tracy Lee and Janine must also be praised. Claire’s management of the gears and the office building makes everyday exercises comfortable, as George kept the field in good shape throughout along with Salla’s efficiency in the stadium environment and the Billboard maintenance, while Biggs monitored the V.I.P. Area to make it presentable.

Special mention goes to our two behind the scene doctors, Physiotherapist Karen Julius who prevented long down times, repaired multiple injuries and brought back players quickly to good health and our new addition Jason Scott-Hamilton, the Team Clinical Sports Psychologist who journeyed twice from Miami in the pre-season to meet, consult and correspond with the squad, for free, as a fan of HVFC and a loyal friend of Peter Cargill, you identified from day one that the winning spirit of the team lies in the presence of the character of Jermie Lynch. We await your third visit as you promised to return to hoist the trophy and take a second photo with the entire squad at the end of the season.

Thanks of course to all the sponsors, fans and last but definitely the most important all the players who performed so exceptionally well throughout the season as genuine professionals to win the triple, your are truly CHAMPIONS!

Let us finish the season in a blaze of glory by winning both matches outstanding at home in front of our die-hard supporters, friends, family and the community, then onto the Caribbean, CONCACAF and beyond next season.

National defender Dicoy Williams was pleased with his first outing in the country’s top-flight football in over two years, after representing Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) yesterday.

The 26-year-old six-footer, who spent two seasons in Canada with the Major League Soccer (MLS) team Toronto FC, was not re-signed by the North American outfit at the end of the last MLS season and is intent on getting himself back on the international circuit.

“My plan is simple. I am a professional footballer and my job is to play football, so I want to do that at the highest level,” said Williams, who resumed training with RSPL leaders Harbour View in December.

“Right now, I do not have a contract with an overseas club so I have to work my way back there as I did when I got my first opportunity, so that is what I am doing right now,” added the player who formed a solid partnership with Montrose Phinn at the centre of Harbour View’s defence in their 0-0 draw with Tivoli Gardens.

The win ensured that Harbour View increased their lead to 11 points over Portmore United ahead of their matchup with Waterhouse today, while Tivoli Gardens hurdled Sporting Central who went down 2-4 to Boys’ Town. A win for Portmore United could see the gap closed to eight points.

Williams’ partnership with Phinn was like the old times. There was that natural understanding.

“I think it was a good performance. It was my first game in quite a while and I think I did well. Having not played alongside Montrose in quite a while I was surprised at the understanding that we had and how well I played,” he gushed.

Williams, who showed good reading of the game as he along with Phinn mopped up the threat posed by the improving Andre McFarlane and Rafeik Thomas, both former Harbour View players.

Tivoli Gardens’ André McFarlane (left) and Harbour View’s Evan Taylor (centre) challenge for a header, while Tivoli’s Dennis Neish (right) and Harbour View’s Richard Edwards react, during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 0-0. – Ian Allen/Photographer
“It is a different pace, but it was a good game for me building back up to my best.

“For me, this game was about getting back into the thick of things and lending some leadership and experience to the team. It was also about me

measuring myself, coming from a higher level and playing in the Premier League again, so it was important that I kept my standard up and I think I showed that,” he stated.

Things have changed

Getting back into the national setup is also on Williams’ mind.

he last game I played before this game and for the national team was in December where I played in our last game of the Caribbean Cup and I think I did well. Since that time things have changed, in that, it has become much more competitive so I will have to step up my game to get back in.

“So my plan right now is to play every game and do my best. That of course, depends on whether or not the coach picks me, but in my mind I am here to be a starter and that is my first goal. I know the coach has a team in mind and that I probably got a run to see what I have to offer, but I intend to make the most of it,” the former Mona High School and Arnett Gardens player said.
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Tivoli Gardens’ André McFarlane (left) and Harbour View’s Evan Taylor (centre) challenge for a header, while Tivoli’s Dennis Neish (right) and Harbour View’s Richard Edwards react, during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 0-0. – Ian Allen/Photographer

“Play simple and if you get a chance to go up for corners, make use of it.”
According to Damion Lowe, scorer of Jamaica’s second goal against Puerto Rico in their opening game of the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Championship in Puebla, Mexico on Tuesday evening, that was the advice of his father, former Reggae Boy Onandi Lowe.

Towering at 6ft 4 inches, young Lowe, playing at centre half, did just that, scoring in the 62nd minute to allay Jamaica’s fears.
With the scores tied at 1-1, Jamaica got a corner and the young Lowe ventured forward. But, of course, the Puerto Rican defenders weren’t aware of his father’s advice, and he was left unmarked to ghost in and sidefoot home.

With his first competitive goal for Jamaica, Damion is some distance off his father’s tally of 27 goals, but he was ecstatic when asked how he felt becoming a father-son combination to score for their country.

“Great, exceptionally well. It’s a great, great feeling,” he emphasised, while outlining his father’s influence on his football career.
“Like 100 per cent. We have a close relationship,” revealed Damion. But just like his father, Damion is versatile and can play several positions.
As a youngster at Vaz Prep School, he utilised his height advantage in banging in 27 goals and leading his school
to victory.

Bu one day while at Camperdown High School, and playing in the Under-14 competition, a teammate got injured and he deputised that day in defence and has not moved since.

“I don’t know, it’s just natural. One day in Under-14 at Camperdown, a player got injured and the coach said my daddy used to play centre back, so I have the potential and from there on I continue right through,” said Lowe.

“I prefer centre back because it is my strongest point and I see the game more and if I make a mistake I can recover,” he added.
After starring for Camperdown High in the Manning Cup, the young Harbour View player took up a scholarship at the University of Hartford last year.
“Life is good there, they take care of us and I feel welcomed. The environment is very good. The transition was pretty hard in food, culture, time span, but after a month or two, you get to understand the system and adapt to certain stuff in and around the environment,” he noted.
But young Damion is aware of the inevitable comparisons with his father, the high expectations and enormous pressure to live up to.
“I don’t call it pressure, I just call it high expectation like people are looking for great things from me. I don’t think anyone is going to pressure me if I am not as successful as he was,” said Lowe.

He continued: “I don’t think I will get any critics, but I really want to keep those high expectations and I am pushing forward to make things happen and to become successful and even more than him.”

Lowe, who plays for Reading United in the Premier Development League (PDL), also represents Harbour View, and he is hoping to secure a professional contract in the future.

He is a big fan of both Manchester United and Real Madrid, and he cites Brazilian defender Lucio, Italian Giorgio Chiellini and Harbour View’s Christopher Harvey as his favourite players.

Thank you all sponsors and continue your support.

In yet another HVFC versus Boys’ Town FC real battle of wit, grit, determination and technical ability in the end it was the clinical execution of HVFC scoring all five (5) penalty kicks to outscore BT’s 4, as goalkeeper, Kirk Porter missed his. Earlier HVFC’s John-Ross Edwards and substitute, Kemeel Wolfe scored as Shane Edwards and Marvin Morgan replied for BT to equalise in full and extra-time 2-2.

Sponsors, Yellow Pages added to the occasion with Entertainers, Dario and Voicemail sharing centre stage with the lovely ladies dancing and acrobatics by cheerleaders and music. After both team Coaches Andrew Price and Vin Blaine got Awards, as to Most Valuable Players, (MVP) Montrose Phinn and Marvin Morgan.

Thus becoming the first club this season to achieve title honours in two competitions after adding the Premier League EOSRF Championship, defeating Cavalier SC by 2-0 two weeks ago.

High praises for our technical staff headed by Vin Blaine, Harold Thomas and Andrew Hines in concert with Team Manager Jacqueline Cowan, the HVFC squad members, Assistant Managers, Physiotherapist, Sports Pshycologist and Administrators, Office Staff, Drivers, Supporters, all should enjoy the moment as we immediately go back into battle against Tivoli Gardens FC this Sunday, 5pm at Railway Oval. This game is being carried LIVE on KLAS FM Radio.

Next Wednesday, February 27 we return home against Humble Lion FC at 7pm

A day before our 39th Anniversary date Sunday, March 3 we travel to Highgate United at Drax Hall, St. Ann

On Monday, March 11th we again tackle Boys’ Town FC at home, in a Red Stripe LIVE TV Game at 9pm

Our consistent performance have us well placed in the lead of the RSPL on 51 points, with 14 games to play until May.

FUND–RAISING VALENTINE’S DAY “CUPID CRUISE”:

Thank you to all who supported our initial “Valentine’s Day Cupid Cruise” on the MV Caribbean Queen on Thursday, February 14th and please remember to bring in the outstanding funds for tickets sold, to the Office by next Monday.

Congratulations again HVFC, KSAFA Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout 2013 Champions,

Thank You Sponsors.

H’VIEW ARE BELL KO CHAMPS
Stars outshine Boys’ Town 5-3 in penalty shoot-out
By Sean Williams

Members of the Harbour View football team celebrate with the KSAFA/Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout trophy after defeating Boys’ Town 5-3 on penalties at the Stadium East field on Wednesday night. Sharing in the presentation are KSAFA president Rudolph Speid (stripe shirt), Jamaica Yellow Pages marketing manager Alleyne Graham (centre), Harbour View captain Montrose Phinn (4th right), Jackie Bell’s widow Lorna Bell (3rd right) and Jamaica Yellow Pages country manager Lester Garnett (2nd right). The teams had played to a 2-2 regulation and extra time draw. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
HARBOUR View FC joined Arnett Gardens FC as the most successful clubs of the top Corporate Area knockout tournament when they toiled to a 5-3 penalty win over bitter rivals Boys’ Town at the Stadium East field on Wednesday night.

After locked at 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time, Harbour View were perfect from the 12-yard mark with five strikes to give them their sixth title — same as Arnett — of the KSAFA/Yellow Pages Jackie Bell KO.

Christopher Harvey, Nicholas Beckett, Jaron Richards, Kemeel Wolfe and Richard Edwards were on target for the ‘Stars of the East’, while Asrick Samuels, Renae Lloyd and Marvin Morgan Jnr beat opposing goalkeeper Michaud Barrett.

Boys’ Town goalkeeper Kirk Porter agonisingly skied his effort.

Scoring during freeflow, were John Ross-Edwards who opened for Harbour View in the 14th minute, but Boys’ Town rallied in the 45th through Shane Edwards to set the game alight.

At the end of regulation play, both teams were locked at one goal apiece forcing the game into extra time, but Harbour View substitute Kemeel Wolfe sparked a revival for his team with a well-taken goal in the 97th minute.

With Harbour View gaining a slight ascendancy, Marvin Morgan changed the script with an excellent right-footed low drive from 20 yards in the 109th minute that gave the sprawled-out Barrett no chance.

Harbour View coach Vin Blaine said the victory “was a sweet one” and will give his side momentum going into their Red Stripe Premier League game against Tivoli Gardens on Sunday.

He paid tribute to Boys’ Town for a well-fought match.

“Credit must go to Boys’ Town as they gave us a good fight… we scored early and then relaxed and they built up momentum and we couldn’t get them off their game,” said Blaine, who is also co-ordinator of the national women’s programme.

Boys’ Town’s Andrew Price rued losing his inspirational captain Michael Campbell early in the contest with a suspected fractured shoulder.

“It’s a major loss as he had to leave with a suspected shoulder fracture, but we have not heard anything from the hospital yet… also in warm-up one of our main players, Marvin Stewart, said he would not be able to play, so we did lose some major players,” said the former Boys’ Town star turned coach.

But Price was full of praise for the team that adapted well to the game despite losing key figures. “It showed me that our team has depth and character as the lads stood out there and fought very hard as we went behind twice and fought back… I must give them credit as they gave a good effort,” he said in a post-match interview.

With the score at 1-1, Boys’ Town had a glorious opportunity to snatch the victory late in the regulation spell when Lloyd got himself in a fantastic position after being fed a cross from the right side, but his tame reply was a letdown for fans.

 Members of the Harbour View football team celebrate with the KSAFA/Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout trophy after defeating Boys’ Town 5-3 on penalties at the Stadium East field on Wednesday night. Sharing in the presentation are KSAFA president Rudolph Speid (stripe shirt), Jamaica Yellow Pages marketing manager Alleyne Graham (centre), Harbour View captain Montrose Phinn (4th right), Jackie Bell’s widow Lorna Bell (3rd right) and Jamaica Yellow Pages country manager Lester Garnett (2nd right). The teams had played to a 2-2 regulation and extra time draw. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

WOLFE ON TARGET IN H VIEW’S KO TITLE WIN
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Kemeel Wolfe scored his first goal in a final for Harbour View on Wednesday night to help them lift their sixth Kingston and St Andrew Football Association/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout title at the expense of Boys’ Town in their matched played at Stadium East.

The game was decided on penalties with Harbour View prevailing 5-4 after the teams were locked at two goals apiece following the playing of full and extra time.

“Winning a title is always good, so I am very happy,” Wolfe, who was claiming his third knockout title, said. “And I feel good that I was able to contribute, but it was a team effort, as everybody pitched in even with encouraging words.”

Wolfe came on as a 63rd-minute substitute and scored what many thought was the winning goal in the 99th minute when he netted from four yards to give his team a 2-1 advantage after being expertly picked out by Jaron Richards with a 40-yard pass.

“Seeing the ball coming over I was praying that the defender would miss,” Wolfe reminisced. “My initial thought was to slot it home one time, but in a split second I thought I had more time when I saw the defender miss the ball.”

John Ross-Edwards had opened the scoring for Harbour View in the 14th minute when he blasted home from inside the area after being set up by Andre Fagan.

Shane Edwards pulled Boys’ Town level with a powerful volley in the second minute of first half added time.

Marvin Morgan Jr accounted for the Red Brigade’s second goal which he scored from the top of the area in the 110th minute to send the teams to the penalty spot.

HARD, LOW SHOT

Wolfe, who has been at Harbour View for five years after switching from Portmore United, was also one of the five players chosen by coach Vin Blaine and his staff to face Boys’ Town’s custodian, Kirk Porter, from 12 yards. The 29-year-old and his four teammates (Christopher Harvey, Nicholas Beckett, Jaron Richards, and Richard Edwards) expertly dispatched their penalties with Wolfe kicking his shot hard and low into the right corner of the goal.

“Before the game we did not practise penalty kicks, but whenever you are winning there is a level of confidence in each individual, so any five players could have stepped up and kicked on the day,” Wolfe reasoned.

Porter was the player responsible for Boys’ Town’s miss, as his team had to settle for the runners-up prize of $250,000. Harbour View walked away with the top cash prize of $350,000. Tivoli Gardens, the team Harbour View had defeated in the semi-final, was awarded the third-place prize of $150,000 while Boys’ Town’s semi-final opponents, Waterhouse, claimed the fourth-place prize of $100,000.

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National defender Xavian Virgo’s decision to trade in the red of Boys’ Town for the blue and yellow of Harbour View has not gone down well with his family. Ironically, his rationale is that he actually did it for them – his family.

“It was a very tough decision to make to leave Boys’ Town, but my family comes first in terms of the decision I have made,” Virgo, who spent 13 years as part of the Red Brigade, disclosed.

“Even though my family wasn’t with it, I still have to move on because at the end of the day, I am doing it for them. They (family) are diehard Boys’ Town fans.”

The 27-year-old has aspirations of securing an overseas contract and thinks Harbour View, which has a rich history of landing players abroad, provides the best opportunity to do so.

Calculated career move

“The reason for the change is that I want to go forward with my career and I think Harbour View is the right club for me going forward,” Virgo reasoned. “At Boys’ Town, it was a very steep hill in terms of where I am going to go with my career, so with Harbour View being one of the better clubs, I decided to join them.

“Harbour View is a more structured club and the Harbour View family is a very business-like family. At Boys’ Town, we didn’t have much of a structure down there, so I think that coming here and working hard, hopefully, I can grab an opportunity to go overseas and play.”

The father of three – ages eight, six and one – further pointed out that he is working to secure a future for his children.

Virgo was one of four high-profile players to exit Boys’ Town during the January transfer window, with O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson leaving for Arnett Gardens, Anthony Bennett for Humble Lion, and Rafiek Thomas for Tivoli Gardens. Virgo made his debut for the league leaders, Harbour View, on Sunday and was instrumental in his team’s second goal in their 2-1 win over Montego Bay United.

Virgo was among one of four players singled out for special awards for their performance by the Stars of the East’s coaching staff.

READY TO SERVE COUNTRY

Virgo was a member of the national senior squad leading up to the opening game against Mexico in the final round of World Cup Qualifiers, but found himself overlooked despite the absence of any natural right backs in the squad. Utility defender Jermaine Taylor fitted in the slot, as Jamaica held Mexico to a historic 1-1 draw inside the Azteca Stadium on February 6.

“I did feel a way (about being left out of the squad) when I knew I could be out there doing my best for my country,” shared Virgo, who has one international goal to his credit to date. “But I am in the pool of players, so I just have to wait until it’s my turn again.”

Title favourites Harbour View surged to what might be an unassailable 10-point lead in the Red Stripe Premier League after edging Montego Bay United 2-1 at the Compound Sunday night.

Goals by Donovan Edwards and Richard Edwards in the third and 70th minutes, respectively, propelled Harbour View to their 14th win from 23 games and unto 48 points.

With 15 games remaining, the ‘Stars of the East’ are 10 clear of the chasing pack, led by defending champions Portmore United on 38 points. They could only muster a 1-1 draw with cellar team Savannah FC at the Ferdie Neita Park.

Caval Blake gave Savannah an eighth-minute lead before Sue-Lee McCalla earned a share of the points for Portmore United in the 29th minute, but they are now left with the mammoth task of overhauling the marauding Harbour View juggernaut.

Vin Blaine, Harbour View’s head coach, said his team came for the three home points and got it, and although they have extended their lead, he is not prepared to celebrate as yet.

“I don’t start count as yet, but it will be hard to beat us. We have no end-of-round final to look to so we have some objectives and we want to win the first three games,” noted Blaine.

For Montego Bay United, it was a disappointing result that saw them slip a spot to fifth, on 34 points, and are now 14 points adrift of the leaders with a lot of catching up to do.

Head coach Dr Dean Weatherly was disappointed with the result, knowing the title is slowly slipping away from their grasp.

“It was a very good game with two quality teams playing against each other and I am disappointed with not coming away with even a point, because Harbour View have extended their lead by some much,” said Weatherly.

“We have intentions of going for the championship and it makes it a little more difficult, but for the one or two mistakes, I am quite pleased with the standard of play,” he added.

The standard of play was good throughout and all three goals were quality strikes in a fairly even encounter.

Harbour View scored in the third minute after a precise through ball by Jermaine Hue released Andre Fagan and his cross was controlled by Donovan Edwards before firing wide of goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.

But the visitors responded in style with arguably one of the goals of the season. The powerful-looking Dino Williams pounced on a ball just outside the box and unleashed a venomous shot that whistled past goalkeeper Michaud Barrett before he knew it in the 14th minute.

But Harbour View would not be denied and one of the shortest men on the field, Richard Edwards, popped up to score a rare header, and in fact a rare goal, in the 70th minute to seal a crucial win for the leaders.

Teams:

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Xavean Virgo, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Kemar Lawrence, Evan Taylor, John Ross Edwards (Joel Senior 66th), Richard Edwards, Jermaine Hue, Andre Fagan, Donovan Edwards (Brian Brown 73rd)
Subs not used: Ashek Taylor, Clifton Waugh, Nicholas Beckett, Kemeel Wolfe, Roland Dean
Booked: Evan Taylor (10th), Fagan (50th), Senior (89th)


Montego Bay United — Jacomeno Barrett, Orlando McBayne, John Barrett, Fabian McCarthy, Winston Wilkinson (Renaldo Rodney 75th), Jermaine Woozencroft (Leon Irving 78th), Lesly St Fleur, Kemiro James, Allan Ottey, Mauricio Gordon (Omar Gordon 85th), Dino Williams
Subs not used: Garen Downie, Aldaine Grant, Oraine Braham, Nicolie Barrett.
Booked: Woozencroft (26th), Mauricio Gordon (29th), Williams (45th), Ottey (86th)

Referee: Cardella Samuels
Assistant Referees:
 Lloyd Reader, Oyinco McTaggart
Fourth Official: Wilverglen Lamey

Match Commissary: Garfield McDonald

Title favourites Harbour View surged to what might be an unassailable 10-point lead in the Red Stripe Premier League after edging Montego Bay United 2-1 at the Compound Sunday night.

Goals by Donovan Edwards and Richard Edwards in the third and 70th minutes, respectively, propelled Harbour View to their 14th win from 23 games and unto 48 points.

With 15 games remaining, the ‘Stars of the East’ are 10 clear of the chasing pack, led by defending champions Portmore United on 38 points. They could only muster a 1-1 draw with cellar team Savannah FC at the Ferdie Neita Park.

Caval Blake gave Savannah an eighth-minute lead before Sue-Lee McCalla earned a share of the points for Portmore United in the 29th minute, but they are now left with the mammoth task of overhauling the marauding Harbour View juggernaut.

Vin Blaine, Harbour View’s head coach, said his team came for the three home points and got it, and although they have extended their lead, he is not prepared to celebrate as yet.

“I don’t start count as yet, but it will be hard to beat us. We have no end-of-round final to look to so we have some objectives and we want to win the first three games,” noted Blaine.

For Montego Bay United, it was a disappointing result that saw them slip a spot to fifth, on 34 points, and are now 14 points adrift of the leaders with a lot of catching up to do.

Head coach Dr Dean Weatherly was disappointed with the result, knowing the title is slowly slipping away from their grasp.

“It was a very good game with two quality teams playing against each other and I am disappointed with not coming away with even a point, because Harbour View have extended their lead by some much,” said Weatherly.

“We have intentions of going for the championship and it makes it a little more difficult, but for the one or two mistakes, I am quite pleased with the standard of play,” he added.

The standard of play was good throughout and all three goals were quality strikes in a fairly even encounter.

Harbour View scored in the third minute after a precise through ball by Jermaine Hue released Andre Fagan and his cross was controlled by Donovan Edwards before firing wide of goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.

But the visitors responded in style with arguably one of the goals of the season. The powerful-looking Dino Williams pounced on a ball just outside the box and unleashed a venomous shot that whistled past goalkeeper Michaud Barrett before he knew it in the 14th minute.

But Harbour View would not be denied and one of the shortest men on the field, Richard Edwards, popped up to score a rare header, and in fact a rare goal, in the 70th minute to seal a crucial win for the leaders.

Teams:

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Xavean Virgo, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Kemar Lawrence, Evan Taylor, John Ross Edwards (Joel Senior 66th), Richard Edwards, Jermaine Hue, Andre Fagan, Donovan Edwards (Brian Brown 73rd)
Subs not used: Ashek Taylor, Clifton Waugh, Nicholas Beckett, Kemeel Wolfe, Roland Dean
Booked: Evan Taylor (10th), Fagan (50th), Senior (89th)


Montego Bay United — Jacomeno Barrett, Orlando McBayne, John Barrett, Fabian McCarthy, Winston Wilkinson (Renaldo Rodney 75th), Jermaine Woozencroft (Leon Irving 78th), Lesly St Fleur, Kemiro James, Allan Ottey, Mauricio Gordon (Omar Gordon 85th), Dino Williams
Subs not used: Garen Downie, Aldaine Grant, Oraine Braham, Nicolie Barrett.
Booked: Woozencroft (26th), Mauricio Gordon (29th), Williams (45th), Ottey (86th)

Referee: Cardella Samuels
Assistant Referees:
 Lloyd Reader, Oyinco McTaggart
Fourth Official: Wilverglen Lamey

Match Commissary: Garfield McDonald

Where they failed in the first round, Harbour View succeeded in the second by winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second end-of-round final, and in a convincing fashion.

Goals by Joel Senior in the 16th minute and Jermaine Hue in the 45th ensured that Harbour View, dubbed the ‘Stars of the East’, were the real stars of the east as they defeated the other east Kingston-based RSPL team comfortably. The victory made sure Harbour View bettered their performance of the first end-of-round final, when they were beaten by Boys’ Town.

“I am very pleased with this performance,” a beaming head coach Vin Blaine said after claiming his first title as coach of the team he co-founded. He took over as head coach in the off season.

“The difference between this final and the first round one is that a number of the players who played this evening were not involved then and they really came out and played some good football,” he continued.

Harbour View were totally dominant as they took the action to a tentative Cavalier, as Evan Taylor bossed the midfield and reminded of the reasons why former technical director, Rene Simoes, selected him in 2008 to be part of the 2010 World Cup campaign. Taylor was all action, breaking up attacks and creating opportunities.

For Cavalier, only goalkeeper Gariece McPherson and midfielder Jeffrey Henry seemed able to cope with the Harbour View players. Girvon Brown did not look himself, while Fabian Nethersole added life when he entered the field.

“We would have been satisfied with another goal, but two goals in the end-of-round final is good. I am happy with the result and I am hoping that this will be a good fillip into the third round,” Blaine said of his team which currently enjoys an eight-point lead at the top of the table and harbour thoughts of going all the way.

Cavalier’s David Laylor was disappointed, but positive.

“No one would be happy with losing any game, but getting to the final was good for us,” said Laylor.

His team, he said, suffered from their slow start.

“We started out slowly and gave up two soft goals, but we made some adjustments in the second half.

“That (improved performance) is good for our self-belief and what we have to do now is to keep focused. We have demonstrated that self-belief in the second round and we need to continue that in the third round,” Laylor explained.

If Cavalier are to make a mark in the rest of the competition, Laylor acknowledged that they will have to recruit talent before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. New signings at the club are national representative and former Arnett Gardens player Rohan Reid, and Richard White, a forward from England.

“He (White) is a goalscorer and we could use that. (Claudious) Blackburn has been scoring goals for us, but he needs help. We need to score more goals. Goals win matches,” Laylor stated.

HVIEW SINK HAPLESS CAVALIER FOR ROUND FINAL HONOURS
BY HOWARD WALKER Observer staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

HARBOUR View went one better and captured the Red Stripe Premier League Second End-of-Round final with a clinical 2-0 beating of Cavalier on Monday night, and thus pocketed $250,000.

Goals by Reggae Boyz Joel Senior and Jermaine Hue in the 16th and 45th minutes, respectively, were enough to see off a Cavalier team that rarely threatened in the final third.

Harbour View, who lost the First End-of-Round final to Boys’ Town and now hold an eight-point lead atop of the league standing, outplayed their opponent and were deserved winners.

Head coach Vinimore ‘Vin’ Blaine was satisfied with his team’s dominant display and thought they could have scored a few more.
“This game the guys came out and played some very good football, passing the ball around and two goals…I will be satisfied with that. But I think we could have gotten a couple more. I was looking for at least one more in the second half but 2-0 and winning the End-of-Round final is good enough for me,” said Blaine.

Cavalier, who made a return to topflight football after an 18-year absence and surprisingly reached the final, collected $150,000 for the losing effort.
Head coach David Lalor believes his team started out slowly and conceded two soft goals and was always playing catch-up thereafter.
“We made some adjustments in the second half and had a better run, but we were just unable to score,” said Lalor.
He continued: “For us, we saw some strengths and weaknesses in the team and we now know how to put our best football forward going into the third round. This is very encouraging for us going into the third round, knowing that we came out on top in the second round and the players believe in themselves and it is for us now to keep our focus.”

The final, played at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium, wasn’t the biggest of crowds, mainly because Harbour View and Cavalier don’t really have a huge fan base.

At the kick-off, Cavalier actually bossed possession early on, looking sharp and quicker to the ball than Harbour View.
But in the 16th minute, Evan Taylor, the Fruta Man-of-the-Match, provided a 30-metre defence-splitting pass which Joel Senior latched onto before calmly chipping over the advancing Gariece McPherson in goal.

Then on the stroke of half-time, Taylor, formerly of Reno, was at it again, intercepting a pass before releasing Donovan Edwards down the right flank, and his cross found an unmarked Hue at the back post, and his low shot took a slight deflection on its way in to the side netting.
Cavalier brought on the lively Fabian Nethersole, Chevonne Marsh and Mitchily Waul in pursuit of goals, but that never materialised, as Harbour View, led by Montrose Phinn, Christopher Harvey and Jaron Richards at the back, were never really tested.

Congratulations to our Technical Team, headed by Coach, Vin Blaine assisted by Harold Thomas, Manager, Jacqueline Cowan, Captains, Montrose Phinn, Jermaine Hue, players and everyone on reaching the second End of Round Final with 20 points against Cavalier SC, while consistently performing to be lead the RSPL on 45 points.

JFF PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY YOU MAY NEED:

Following with a similar landmark in the End of First Round against Boys’ Town FC, our unofficial records indicate it is the fourth time (Coach, Peter Cargill 2001, DV Hayles 2005, Hyde 2006 and Vin Blaine 2012) we have achieved this double in any one season, but thirteenth End Of Round Final appearance overall (Coach, Cargill 2000, 2001(2), 2002, Hayles 2004, 2005(2), Hyde 2006(2), Waldemar Lemos De Olivera 2008, Hayles 2009, and Blaine 2012(2).

Three (3) senior players in Clifton Waugh, Jermaine Hue and Fabian Taylor would have been available for selection at all or most of these games. Waugh at all times when not injured as his overseas time at Rochester Rhinos were at the end of season only, Hue except was away in the MLS and in Sweden on two occasions, Taylor for four years in the MLS and Norway.

Continue striving towards the priority end goal of winning our fourth Premiership title, (Coaches, Cargill 2000, Lennie Hyde 2007 and Hayles 2010).

KSAFA JACKIE BELL KNOCKOUT:

Best of luck also, as 2011 KSAFA Jackie Bell Knockout Champions, in our quest towards a sixth (Coach, Greg Bartley 1996, Cargill 2001, Hyde 2007, 2008 and Hayles 2011) by again reaching the semifinal against Boys’ Town FC on Sunday, February 2.

Coincidentally, in the 2010 semis we won 2-1 over BT to eventually defeat Tivoli and become Champions, last year again we met at this stage but lost 0-2 to BT.

Harbour View continued their good run in the Red Stripe Premier League football competition with a 2-0 victory over Sporting Central Academy at Brancourt on Sunday courtesy of a first-half brace by Donovan Edwards.

The hard-running forward opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Sporting’s goalkeeper Shanchez Lloyd misjudged a tame shot by Edwards, which he thought was going out but ended up rolling into the goal.

Edwards doubled the score in the 39th minute following a good build-up, which set him clear on goal. Edwards made no mistake from the edge of the six-yard box, beating Lloyd at the near post.

It was a good, workmanlike display from the ‘Stars of the East’ who impressed with some patient possession football. Harbour View showed more fight and took charge of the midfield led by Evan Taylor, who showed true class when making some slick passes and crucial tackles.

Tireless running

However, it was Joel Senior, with his tireless running on the right flank – both in attack and defence – who created a big impact on the game that even earned him the admiration of the Sporting supporters.

Senior was playing in his first game for the year after being out for a month with a bruised instep, which he sustained in the first match of second round against Montego Bay United.

The ponytailed player said he was happy for the victory.

“I feel great that we’ve kept a good lead over Portmore United who are second, we just need to keep focused and keep chipping away at it,” Senior said.

He said that he felt good coming into the game after returning from injury.

“I felt great coming into the game today. During my time off I did a lot of gym work, a lot of physical training, so was I feeling good.”

Senior is from Spanish Town in St Catherine. He attended Harrison Prep in the parish, then St George’s College, where he played Colts football. He migrated shortly after to the United States, where he finished his high-school education at Carol High in Washington DC.

He then attended Howard University, where he spent two years, before moving to James Morris University, where he completed a degree in sports and recreation management.

After leaving college, where he impressed playing on the college circuit, he decided to return to Jamaica, the place of his birth, where he joined Harbour View Football Club.

“I returned last July because I wanted to get involved with the national team and so far it has worked out for me,” Senior explained.

The 25-year-old made his Reggae Boy debut in a game against Cuba and has not looked back since, with national head coach Theodore Whitmore making him a core member of his squad that will figure in the upcoming qualifiers for the World Cup finals in Brazil.