ON a cool Monday night and in a charged atmosphere of fun and frolic, leaders Harbour View and fifth-placed Waterhouse battled to an exciting 0-0 draw in a top-billed Red Stripe Premier League game at the Harbour View Mini-stadium.

Though there were no goals, both teams lit up the Monday Night football extravaganza with a fast-paced, high-intensity match that proved a crowd pleaser.

Both coaches were largely satisfied with the delivery of their teams, but still not everything went according to plan.
Harbour View coach Vin Blaine rued the early forced substitutions of three key players who he believed negatively influenced the final outcome.

“I think we did pretty well, but the loss of (Jermaine) Hue, (Eric) Vernan and (Jermie) Lynch didn’t do us any good as those were forced changes of key players, so it affected our game plan,” he said.

“In the first half we had them on the go as we were knocking around the ball pretty well, but I think they (Waterhouse) defended very well… we also had some chances to score, but in the end I thought it was a pretty even game and I believe the result was fair,” said Blaine, the technical co-ordinator of the national women’s programme.

Meanwhile, Waterhouse boss Donovan Duckie said not losing the game kept a short-term goal alive.

“We didn’t want to lose the game as we want to make the end-of-round final as one of our short-term goals… also we want to consolidate our position in the league,” he told the Jamaica Observer at game’s end.

Duckie, a former national youth and a much-travelled Premier League coach, said though his team lacked the killer instinct in the final third, the performance was one worthy of commendation.

“I thought we played well… in terms of transition, I thought we were good and that caused them (Harbour View) not to hurt us… From defence to offence I thought we were explosive, but the difference is that we were not clinical, because if we were, it would have been different,” declared Duckie.

The result keeps Harbour View on top of the overall standings with 39 points, five more that closet rival, defending champion Portmore United. The point earned on Monday keeps the ‘Stars-of-East’ in midpack of round two with 14 points after nine matches.

Waterhouse, for their part, are on 31 points in fifth place on the overall grid, but remain very much in the round two race with 16 points and third.

On Monday, Harbour View appeared more organised going forward with a fluency masterminded in the main by Hue, Lynch, Vernan, Nicholas Beckett, Ranique Muir and Kemeel Wolfe.

They came close to breaking the deadlock as early as the 11th minute, but the bombardment lacked teeth in the final delivery.
In the 27th minute, the slender and towering Lynch had a chance when he burst down the right side, but his 20-yard shot trimmed grass on its wayward track.

With 38 minutes on the clock, Harbour View looked certain of breaking down a stubborn Waterhouse defence. With a searching pass from the belly of midfield, Beckett found Donovan Edwards sneaking into the 18-yard box, but the latter’s firm diving header lacked deception and Richard McCallum gleefully handled.

Waterhouse responded a minute later through team elder Weston Forrest, whose swerving and dipping shot from just
outside initially troubled goalie Michaud Barrett.

The charismatic, Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, soared to the spotlight with a clever swivel, but the resulting shot crashed into the horizontal to bring the half to a close.

In a haze of swift, fanned out attacks, the crowd was kept hooked, but still they hungered for goals.

In a promising move in the 54th minute, Ranique Muir’s lunging help-on from eight yards went straight to McCallum.
Anderson, the league’s leading scorer, had a couple of forays forward but it was not to be his night as his efforts throughout have gone either high or wide.

TEAMS:

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Eric Vernan (Romario Campbell 45th), Christopher Harvey, Kemar Lawrence, Montrose Phinn, Jermaine Hue (Jaron Richards 17th), John-Ross Edwards, Nicholas Beckett, Kemeel Wolfe, Donovan Edwards and Jermie Lynch (Ranique Muir 45th).
Subs not used: D Haughton, R Dean, C Waugh, K Brissett
Booked: Beckett (82nd), Edwards (30th)

Waterhouse — Richard McCallum, Rohan Amos, Nicholi Finlayson, Jameel Thompson, Hughan Gray, Troy Reid, Jason Watson, Weston Forrest (Damion Powell 89th), Hugh Howell, Andre Clennon (Juvaune Benjamin 81st) and Jermaine Anderson.
Subs not used: Silvera, Brown, M Ricketts, V Thompson, R Edite, P Keys
Booked: Gray (4th), Amos (10th)

REAL Salt Lake have selected Jamaican international Lovel Palmer in Stage 2 of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft to strengthen their defence and midfield for the new season.

The 28-year-old made 19 appearances (15 times in the starting line-up) for Portland Timbers last season.

PALMER… made 19 appearances for Portland Timbers last season

Real Salt Lake will now have one week to extend a genuine contract to the past student of St Elizabeth Technical High School or let him go.

Signing with the MLS in 2010 to join Houston Dynamo and moving to Portland Timbers in 2011 and 2012, Palmer has three goals and two assists in a total 79 career appearances in United States’ top league.

A headliner for Harbour View FC from 2000-2010, he had a stint with Trinidad & Tobago’s W Connection in 2004 before returning to the ‘Stars of the East’.

Palmer was also a member of Jamaica’s Gold Cup squad in 2005 and has so far made 29 caps for the senior Reggae Boyz.
Born in Mandeville, he is more likely to play a midfield role for Real Salt Lake if negotiations are finalised, since Tony Beltran has under lock and key the right back position.

LEADERS Harbour View missed a glorious chance to extend their lead to nine points atop the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after being held to a 1-1 draw by Tivoli Gardens on Monday night.

Harbour View started six clear of Portmore United and Boys’ Town, but are now only seven points ahead in what could have been a massive lead.

The ‘Stars of the East’ inched to 30 points from 14 games, while Tivoli stayed ninth with 19.

“Definitely, we wanted three points, but that’s football. We got some half-chances and with some luck, could have got it, but when you play teams like Tivoli they’re going to give you a hard time, no matter how bad they are playing,” said head coach Vin Blaine.

Jermaine Hue had given home team Harbour View a 58th-minute lead from a free kick that dipped under the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Edsel Scott. Earlier, Hue saw a similar shot diverted by a diving Kasai Hinds.

But Harbour View’s lead would be short-lived as towering defender Damion Gordon nodded home in the 61st from a corner.

Despite their territorial dominance, Harbour View could have left empty-handed had it not been for two fine saves from goalkeeper Devon Haughton.
With coach Glendon Bailey bringing on Navion Boyd, Dane Kelly and live wire Akeem Thenstead together in the 57th, Tivoli had a pep in their steps.
Boyd latched onto a ball just inside the area and his low goal-bound shot was brilliantly turned around for a corner in the 65th.

Then, with 17 minutes of normal time left, Kelly found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat, but his lobbed effort was saved by Haughton.

Harbour View — Devon Haughton, Clifton Waugh, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, Eric Vernan, Evan Taylor, John Ross Edwards, Kemeel Wolfe (Kimorlee Brissett 84th), Jermaine Hue, Roland Dean (Fabian Taylor 77th), Damion Harewood (Jermie Lynch 64th).

Subs not used: Ashek Taylor, Romario Campbell, Nicholas Beckett, Rondel Morris.
Booked: Evan Taylor 76th


Tivoli Gardens — Edsel Scott, Keithy Simpson, Damion Gordon, Kasai Hinds, Christopher Jackson, Fabian Campbell, Raymond Williamson, Jamie Robinson (Dane Kelly 57th), Jermaine Allen (Akeem Thenstead 57th), Nicholas Scott (Navion Boyd 57th).

Subs not used: Roybert Clarke, Davion Garrison, Barrington Pryce, Danielo Brown.
Booked: Gordon 56th

Referee: Wilverglen Lamey
Assistants: Omar Mills, Damion Williams
Fourth Official: Kevin Thomas

Match Commissary: Richard Nathan

HVFC striker Roland Dean netted the RSPL’s first hat-trick of the season — all with assists from Jermaine Hue — as Harbour View slammed Savannah, 7-0, at home on Wednesday to move six points clear after second-placed Portmore fell 2-1 to Cavalier.

Dean scored in the 19th, 34th and 47th minutes and was supported by John-Ross Edwards (77th and 89th), Hue and (66th) and Kemeel Wolfe (41st). The win carried them to 29 points — six more than Portmore and seven ahead of Boys’ Town.

Dean fired the hosts ahead after latching onto a slick through ball from Hue and shooting past Gavin Barrett. Two minutes later, Hue slipped a similar pass to the speedy striker on the left, but Dean dragged his shot just wide of the upright.

However, he had his second when he collected another pass from Hue atop the box and beat Barrett with a low strike. Minutes before the break, Wolfe capitalised on a poor clearance and scored from inside the area.

Two minutes after the restart, Dean secured his treble, and Harbour View’s fourth, when he bundled home a Hue corner kick after Barrett failed to hold on.

Hue made it 5-0 from a free kick at the edge of the box, despite slipping as he struck the ball, while Edwards sealed the issue with two well-taken strikes in the last 12 minutes.

At Ferdie Neita Park, Cavalier were led by Troyland Williams’ 30th-minute strike. Portmore equalised through Andrew Vanzie, but Cladius Blackburn struck for Cavalier five minutes from time.

Harbour View –– Devon Haughton, Nicholas Beckett, Clifton Waugh, Robert Williams, Jaron Richards, John-Ross Edwards, Kemeel Wolfe, Jermaine Hue (Romario Campbell 75th), Evan Taylor, Damian Harwood (Fabian Taylor 61st), Roland Dean (Ranique Muir 76th).
Booked: Dean 72nd.
Subs not used: R Morris, A Facey, D Woodhouse, A Taylor.

Savannah — Gavin Barrett, Frank Thompson, Cavel Blake (Roan Young 60th), Shamar Bernard, Fabian Samuels, Triston Sommerville, Owen Cunningham (Nicholas Daley 59th), Davian Thorpe (Ron Daley 84th), Omar Stewart, Shane Anderson, Errol Bryan.
Booked: Stewart 44th, Bryan 49th, Blake 74th.
Subs not used: T Cunningham, J Metler, L Taylor, N Brissett, N Haughton.

Referee: Kevin Thomas Assistants: Stephen Brown, Oyinco McTaggart
Fourth Official: Karl Tyrell
Match Commissary: Desmond Breakenridge

HVFC ended their five day Under 13 and 16 Cayman Islands tour on a winning note, as the KSAFA Under 13 Kingston Champions completed a unbeaten 3 game series (3-0,3-1,3-1) with a 3-1 victory over hosts the Academy Sports Club at their newly renovated complex.
Goalscorers are Rashawn McKinnon 3, Gasford James Jnr. 3, Tajani Fairclough 2 and Rennato Campbell 1.

After the HVFC Under 15 team rebounded to defeat the Academy Sports Club Under 16 team by a similar 3-1 scoreline as Stephen Barnett scored a hat-trick, to add to his goal in each of the first 2 games (2-0, 1-3,3-1) to register 5 goals overall. Richard Byfield scored 1 goal.

The HVFC Under 13 and 16 teams collected the inaugural Academy Sports Club Friendship Cup trophies for winning 3 and 2 games respectively.

The youngsters visited the Dolphin Cove on Thursday, went to school with the host children on Friday, fun time on Saturday and also to Church on Sunday to round of a new cultural exchange and building of friendships for life.

The group returned home on Monday morning, November 5th, at 8am.

 

Harbour View’s rich vein of form continued following a 2-1 over Arnett Gardens in Red Stripe Premier League action at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday.

The Stars of the East, who headed into the encounter as the only team assured of a spot in the first end-of-round final, were led to victory on goals from forward Jeremie Lynch and midfielder Nicholas Beckett in the 12th and 21st minutes, respectively.

Arnett’s consolation was netted by forward Kamal Malcolm in the 79th minute.

“It was a fairly easy game for us today, except for the latter stages where we lapsed and allowed them to score,” said Harbour View assistant coach, Harold Thomas, who sat in for head coach, Vin Blaine, who is away with the national beach football team.

“Having qualified for the end-of-round final, it was easy to be complacent, but we had a chat before the match and credit to the team, it did not happen today.

“We needed to focus on amassing points, and each player tried to give their all to make it happen,” he added.

Goalkeeping error

The game, which was brought forward to a 3 p.m. kick-off from its regular start time of 5 p.m., saw Harbour View taking the lead on a goalkeeping error from Damion Hyatt, who, after failing to collect cleanly, gifted Lynch a tap home from close range.

Motivated by the goal, Harbour View then went on to add a second through a free kick.

Hue lined up to take the shot with his trademark left foot, but it was Beckett who fired with his right, wronging Hyatt in the process.

With influential midfielder Lamar Nelson somewhat missing in action, Arnett Gardens struggled to create real chances with the otherwise impressive Malcolm, who scored five minutes after he came on, providing the only bright spark.

Malcolm received a through pass at the top of the area before calmly chipping his shot over the advancing goalkeeper, Michaud Barrett.

“We played poor, very slow and keep on making the same mistakes over and over,” said Arnett coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis.

Arnett Gardens 1

Harbour View 2

Cavalier 3

Highgate 0

Sporting Central 0

Tivoli Gardens 1

Montego Bay 4

Savannah 0

Waterhouse 4

Humble Lion 0

The Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) was on Sunday, October 21 crowned the champions of the Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under 13.

At the same time the Academy Sports Club extended an invitation to the Twenty-eight member Under 13 and Under 15 squad on a five (5) day tour of the Cayman Islands, from Thursday, November 1st to Monday 5th, 2012.

The aim of this tour is to further promote cultural exchange between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, while promoting the use of football as a means to develop leadership in our young people.

It is the intention that Jamaican players will attend local schools on Friday November 2nd with their host player.
Jamaican players must wear their respective school uniform on this day.

They will also provide an opportunity to visit the famed Cayman Islands Turtle Farm, where players can learn about the endangered sea turtle as well as explore the flora and fauna, birds and wildlife of the Cayman Islands and experience an interactive dolphin show. Players will also attend local churches with their host family on Sunday November 4th.

Under 13 and 15 Games will be played daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

OFFICIALS:
Clyde Jureidini – Head of Delegation
Noel ‘Bobby’ McLaren – Under 13 Coach
Andrew Hines – Under 15 Coach
Karen Lumsden – Manager
Gasford James Snr. – Manager
Tracy Lee -Manager
Monica Malcolm-McFarlane – Manager
PARENTS:
Janise Fairclough
Grace-Ann Maylor
Yvette Dacosta
Arlene Cook
Sion McFarlane
UNDER 13 SQUAD:
Davonte Bancroft
Mikhail Lumsden
Tajani Fairclough
Rashawn McKinson
Ramone Lewis
Renato Campbell
Gasford James Jnr.
Scott Williams (capt.)
Maliek Howell
Kareem Williams
Rovaldo Harris
Alex Gayle
Orlando Campbell
Jahleel Fletcher
Cody Smith
Phillion Lawrence
Tyrese Powell
UNDER 15 SQUAD:
Stephen Barnett
Joel Sterling
Corei Campbell
Lemario Gordon
Demario Cameron
Malik Thompson
Lucas Simpson
Akim Thompson
Richard Byfield
Rafiel Coleman
Oquin Robinson
Rivaldo English
Rohando Malcolm
Nickardo Hanchard
Chad Smith

Players capitalise on ‘momentum shift’ to make end-of-round final

Harbour View head coach Vin Blaine was a pleased man at the end of Monday night’s football extravaganza, and rightly so. Blaine had just presided over his team’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Sporting Central Academy, which placed them in the end-of-first-round final with one game still to go.

“My objective at the start of the season was to get to the end-of-round final, and we had put ourselves into pole position. We were overtaken briefly, and now we are back there,” said Blaine, who took over as coach of the Harbour View Premier League team, in the off-season, after making his name locally as a coach of women’s football.

For Blaine, who must have been under the microscope of local football observers, what was really pleasing to him was the response of his team, which looked second best in the first half of the encounter played at home.

“I said to them at half-time that they need to settle down and play football.

“I am a person who believes in momentum shifts, and I told my players that when the momentum shift comes, they have to be prepared to take advantage of that. They did, and Sporting Central did not respond,” explained the man credited by many as one of the co-founders of the club.

“It was a game of two halves, really. Sporting Central had the better of the first half. In the first half, we never had any rhythm. We came up against a team that was running and we were chasing the game,” he added.

As if realising that the game was slipping away, Harbour View refocused, and two telling supplies from the majestic Jermaine Hue and equally pinpoint headers from Damion Harwood did the trick. The first resulted from a foul on the hard-running Joel Senior by Christopher Banner in a very dangerous area on the right flank near the penalty box. The Sporting Central bench knew it as they shook their heads with collective knowledge as Hue strode forward.

Hue’s curling free kick was met with a diving header by Harwood across goalkeeper Sanchez Lloyd, who had no chance.

Harbour View’s dominance continued as the fluency and composure displayed by Sporting Central in the first half deserted them. They looked like a team unsure of themselves. The predictable winner came in the 83rd minute when captain Linval Lewis unwisely gave up a corner. The familiar look descended on the Sporting Central bench as Hue took up his position.

Harwood, who has been enjoying an excellent on-field relationship with Hue, stood unchallenged and headed into the net to send the Harbour View supporters into ecstasy.

That feeling of ecstasy was felt by the travelling Sporting Central supporters in the 32nd minute when François Swaby, who had missed earlier efforts, bundled his team ahead. Unlike Harbour View’s feeling, Sporting Central’s would not last.

“I think we played a very good first half but came out flat for the second half.

“We spoke about the threat of Jermaine Hue from the dead-ball situations and we still gave up opportunities for him, which is really sad,” Sporting Central coach Nigel Stewart said ruefully.

“Now that we have no chance of getting to the end-of-round final, our plan is to win the next game that we have and get into the second round with a momentum and take it from there,” he said with a tone of resignation.

Harbour View’s 22 points means they cannot be overtaken by two teams with just one set of games remaining in the round. Behind them are second-place Boys’ Town on 21 points and Portmore United. Boys’ Town and Portmore meet on Sunday, and one will join Harbour View in November 12 final.

In his native Jamaica, Saeed Robinson grew up watching or playing soccer pickup games that were as available as football or basketball games at neighborhood parks in the U.S.

He has seen the unifying power of soccer in a way few Americans have in their hometowns.

“If there were two communities having a beef with each other, they would have a soccer game to bring them together,” said Robinson, who played on Jamaican club teams since he was 9 years old before working his way to a junior college in Texas, where GCU recruited him to be one of its top offensive weapons.

The 22-year-old senior striker has scored a team-high seven goals for the Antelopes this season, although he is possibly his biggest critic and worried “he should have more” through 11 games with 20 shots on goal. He was instrumental in GCU’s biggest wins this season and will be relied on to help nudge the ‘Lopes higher than their current No. 15 ranking as the end of the season nears.

GCU (9-2 overall) hosts Hawai’i Pacific University at 5:45 p.m. tonight and faces Dominican University on Saturday. Both are considered must-win home games for a ‘Lopes team with a 6-1 Pacific West Conference record. They won their fifth successive game Saturday in overtime against unranked Brigham Young University-Hawai’i.

Soccer may be an afterthought for many American sports fans raised on baseball, basketball and football, but Robinson said he was impressed with the enthusiastic support from his fellow students during GCU’s Sept. 7 upset of then-No. 1 Fort Lewis College. Without the fans keeping ‘Lopes players fired up, Robinson said the game could have had a different outcome. He scored one of the team’s three goals and assisted on another.

Robinson said he focuses on his teammates rather than the preseason PacWest Player of the Year award or any individual accolades, such as his desire to bring his explosive blend of speed and scoring to a pro team in Europe or the U.S. after college.

MEN’S SOCCER THIS WEEK Tonight: 5:45 p.m. vs. Hawai’i PacificSaturday: 5:45 p.m. vs. Dominican Games are at GCU Soccer Field. For more info, go to www.gculopes.com.

“I try not to think about it too much because it’s a team sport and you need to play with your team to at least go somewhere,” said Robinson, who is studying sports management in GCU’s Colangelo School of Sports Business.

A big reason for Robinson’s focus is fellow Jamaican senior midfielder Oshane Brown, who transferred with him to GCU from Western Texas College after the two played on club teams in their native country since middle school. But Robinson credited everyone from trainer Travis Armstrong, who has helped Robinson recover from a sports hernia injury, to second-leading scorer Brandon Hansen (a junior with six goals) for the team’s success.

Hansen is a traditional midfielder who coaches play slightly behind Robinson’s forward position, giving him the opportunity to redirect Robinson’s deflected shots on goal. Freshman forward Alberto Sanchez Garcia (four goals, three assists) also has been a revelation for a team that lost junior forward Kyle Ciliento to injury.

“This team, we’re always talking to each other,” Robinson said. “I can honestly say this team is one. We’re in it for each other.”

Head Coach Petar Draksin says Robinson, 22, is generating All-American talk among Pacific West Conference coaches for his electric play this season.

In spite of the positive team attitude, GCU has been frustrated by a couple of close losses. Robinson said he felt the team “overlooked” Seattle Pacific University in a 2-1 road loss in September just three days after the Fort Lewis upset. GCU also lost to Notre Dame de Namur University a week after that.

The Antelopes have won their last five games, but Robinson and Head Coach Petar Draksin said elements such as strength of schedule are critical to making the postseason.

After this week’s home stand, the ‘Lopes wrap up the season with challenging conference road trips to Utah (to play Dixie State College) and California (to play Point Loma Nazarene University and California Baptist University). They also play Dixie and Cal Baptist at home, so the five remaining games after this week are critical to advancing in the rankings.

Draksin said this season is the first since the 1990s in which GCU has been ranked weekly in the Top 25. But rankings and statistics aside, Robinson is standing out in his senior season – and he will be relied upon to make opposing teams uncomfortable.

“He’s incredibly fast and also technically sound in his dribbling skills,” Draksin said. “People key on him, they try to mark him, but he gets away and gets the job done.”

Harbour View FC and National striker Kavin ‘Titty-Man’ Bryan (third left) presents a set of gear, and equipment, including 20 footballs, to Rosalee Hamilton, president of the Rae Town Football Club during a brief presentation ceremony at the Breezy castle Sports Complex on Wednesday. Bryan, a former Rae Town player who now plies his trade in Vietnam for Vicem Hai Phong FC, donated the items as a means of giving back to the club ahead of its preparation for the upcoming KSAFA Super League season. Sharing the moment are Damion Hylton, club treasurer and PRO (holding bag of balls), Michael Campbell (third right), club vice-president and coach Karume Hui (second right). (Photo: Jermaine Barnaby)