Arnett Gardens continued their winning ways in the JFF/PLCA Under-21 League after Fabian Reid’s sixth-minute strike led them to a 1-0 win over Portmore United in yesterday’s match at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Though languishing in the middle of the standings, Arnett Gardens, through the efforts of Reid, Javoni Simms and Ricardo Oldham, took the fight to the visitors, for whom goalkeeper Garice McPherson made a few crucial saves.

Eying a spot in the second end-of-round final, Portmore’s Alanzo Adlam, Nickoy Christian and substitute Paul Wilson sparked occasionally in the second half, but they were competently held off by the Arnett Gardens defence.

The victory follows Arnett Gardens’ 4-1 dismantling of Benfica of St Ann in last week’s round of matches and puts them on 29 points from 20 matches in the overall standings. Portmore’s loss left them on 39, also from 20.

At the Drewsland Stadium, Ashani Walker netted as Waterhouse beat visiting Boys’ Town 1-0, while Atida Chambers and Delroy Phillips scored a goal each in Reno’s blanking of St George’s Sports Club at Lynch Park in Portland.

In another match at Brancourt, Sporting Central Academy raced by Village United 4-1. Gavin Bascombe with a brace, and one each from Andre Blake and Dwight Dunk were the contributors for Sporting, while Aldane Grant got the consolation goal for the visitors.

In a late kick-off Harbour View drew 0-0 with fourth placed Tivoli Gardens (36 points) at the Compound.

Harbour View is now 40 from 20 games, one point atop the standings ahead of Portmore United.

DEFENDING champions Harbour View jumped to fourth in the table and kept the pressure on the leading pack with a resilient 1-0 win over Arnett Gardens at the Compound on Wednesday night.

The winning goal was the first Harbour View have put past this opposition this season and came in the form of a 20th-minute penalty that was powerfully hit home by a confident Marcelino Blackburn.

The result meant the champions continued their solid run of form that has seen them unbeaten in all competitions since mid-December, while also leaving Arnett Gardens in the midst of a tough battle to end the round in the top six.

A frantic first half had the hosts dominating the opening minutes before their visitors tipped the balance the other way, enjoying plenty of possession for much of the first 45. Both sides had chances to score but failed to make the most of them, and it was Arnett who would pay for their profligacy.
The decisive moment came from a long ball forward which Harbour View skipper Richard Edwards, making a rare foray into the opposition box, ran onto, bursting through the defence and having his ankles clipped by the struggling centre back.

It was an easy decision for referee Valdin Legister and Blackburn, having missed a spot kick against Village United last month, stepped up again to confidently hit it into the bottom corner of the net.

Further chances came and went at both ends and the visitors increased the pressure in the latter stages, but a solid defensive display coupled with some acrobatic saves by Harbour View ‘keeper Michard Barrett ensured the home side held onto their slender lead until the final whistle.

Arnett Gardens’ coach, Paul Davis rued the error that left his side with nothing.

“I think it’s a game of mistakes tonight. I think we made one mistake and lapsed and they scored a penalty. Overall it was a good game; two teams fighting to play football. I think we gave Harbour View too much respect and it cost us the game.”

His opposite number Donovan Hayles had mixed feelings following his side’s victory.

“We made the game more difficult than it should be; we couldn’t put them away, especially in the second half we created three clear openings.
“I think we played a very good game, especially in the first half … so I’m very pleased with our team today. But in terms of the scoreline, not too pleased. We left too much to chance.”


HARBOUR VIEW — Michard Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Montrose Phinn, Christopher Harvey, Kimorllee Brisett, Richard Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn, Andre Steele, Jermaine Hue, Rafeik Thomas, Elton Thompson.

Subs not used: D Haughton, J Richards, K Wolfe, F Campbell, L Nelson, J Spence, A McFarlane.

ARNETT GARDENS –– Damion Hyatt, Rasheede Clarke, Marvin Stewart, Ryan Powell, Dwayne Gayner, Ricardo Smith, Rohan Reid, Garfield Gellespie, Leon Strickland, Nicholas Dodd, Kirk Ramsey.

Subs not used: J McLeish, D McKenley, R Stern, K Brown, O Campbell, R Dennis, V Manning.

Coaches, Sydney McFarlane and Vincent Stubbs were heartened on Sunday afternoon with the large turnout of Community Supporters, Fans, Family and players who flocked to the HVFC Stadium to watch the HVFC Under 13 Team compete against the visiting Cayman Island team on a three match 3 day tour of Jamaica to build bounds of friendship, fraternity and future in football.

This was organized under the guidance of legendary Jamaican football Coach, Winston Chung-Fah who was at the fore-front the group of 40 players, parents and Coaches from the neighbouring island.

Recovering from illness recently “Chungie” as he is affectionately known, was always instrumental in promoting this synergy, since discussions started last year.

The lively and competitive games drew many ooh’s and ahh’s from the passionate crowd who cheered on their respective teams, as both young teams played with 100% commitment of effort.

HVFC defeated the visitors 2-1 in the “A” Game and 0-0 in the Reserves game.

Cayman Islands arrived on Friday, playing against Vaz Prep (1-1) and Lannaman’s Prep (1-1) on Saturday morning, before returning to Cayman on Monday.

SAO PAULO, Brazil — The beautiful game of football, or jogo bonito as the Brazilians call it, seemed centred around the players, coaches, managers, fans and of late, the sometimes controversial referees.

After most games at the international level, the players exchange jerseys and as a youngster, you wonder, so what is he going to wear for the next game?

And during a match when a player’s uniform is torn by an opponent or bloodied by an injury, in a split second it is replaced. Wow, you are impressed!

Well, the person responsible for fixing all of that that is usually the equipment manager. Back in the day, they used to be called the gears boys — an unflattering title.

But don’t be fooled, no modern day football outfit can survive without one. And Jamaica’s Under-17s have one from the top shelf in Dwayne ‘Bruckey’ Blake.

He is the man keeping the Young Reggae Boyz in tip-top condition in terms of their gear and equipment.

He is normally the first to rise in the mornings and last to bed. He leaves nothing broken in his quest to make everyone comfortable.
“The equipment manager plays a critical role in every team and I enjoy my job one hundred per cent,” Blake told the Observer.
Before every training session, he would make sure all the equipment necessary for the game is ready. Players’ shirts and shorts washed and ready, footballs properly inflated and refreshment available at every call — everyday.

Blake, 28, has been an equipment manager since he was 18 years old, learning his craft in the early days with Portmore United.
“I usually watch Portmore United train at GC Foster College, when I used to live at Winter Pen in Spanish Town. I saw Mr Reid at that time and I was unemployed. So I went up to him and ask him if he can help me out with a job. He replied ‘yes’ and I started the following day,” Blake explained.

Blake, who got his alias because of a limp in his walk, has seen his hard work pay off, which has culminated with 17 months with the national programme.

Blake, who is now the equipment manager at Harbour View, said: “It has been a good experience for me and it puts food on my table and help take care of my three children.”

To the people on the outside, Blake’s job may appear insignificant, but those on the inside now better. Just ask them.

Having recovered from the flu last week to setup two goals for SNLA, to draw 2-2 then later, get knockout on Penalties, a fitter Kavin Bryan started the new season alongside HVFC striker, Andre Fagan as the former HVFC strike-partnership grabbed the early lead.

Long An vs SLNA 2-2!

For the second straight match, SLNA surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Long An in their opening game of the 2011 V-League.

Kavin Bryan scored a goal in each half. His second actually came minutes after SLNA was reduced to 10 men when central defender, Brasilian Helio Assis was shown a straight red card for bringing down an attacker who had broken away to goal. Long An struck the crossbar with the resulting freekick.

Long An striker, Tanzanian Danny Mrwanda, brought them back into the match with a spectacular overhead kick. Then Bryan was substituted for Devon Hodges, suffering from cramps. Soon after, SLNA carelessly lost the ball in midfield and Long An’s Brazilian substitute, Alberto Carlos Rodrigues, found the equaliser from a cross.

Kavin’s goals were well taken. The first was the result of a breakaway started by Harbour View FC, Teammate Andre Fagan who passed to Ghanaian Edmund Owusu-Ansah breaking on his right while Bryan broke on his left. Edmund’s cross was met one-time by Bryan, his first goal to start his V-League career.

The second goal was a looping header from a freekick on the right that left the goalkeeper flat-footed. Fagan and Hodges did their part in trying to keep possession and to minimise the Long An attacks, but the teams defensive play would breakdown to give up two goals and a share of the points.

Good start for all the three Jamaicans!
Bryan is the early goal-scoring leader for the league.

Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) head coach, Donovan Hayles, was on Sunday rewarded for his willingness to give youngsters a chance on the big stage.

Digicel Premier League debutant Elton Thompson justified his coach’s faith in him by scoring the opening goal, putting on an accomplished display in Harbour View’s 2-0 win over Humble Lion, to end the Clarendon team’s four-game unbeaten run.

Thompson’s strike in the eighth minute and Marcelino Blackburn’s penalty conversion in the 79th gave them the victory and pushed them up to 37 points and fourth position on goal difference ahead of Waterhouse.

“It is a good start, but what I am more pleased with is that we had to go to more youngsters and Elton … words cannot describe how well he did because he is not a regular starter in the Under-21s, but he has worked hard and I recognised that and he did himself justice today,” a visibly pleased Hayles said at the end of the game, which took place at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

“When you are coaching, you have to throw in new players because you cannot keep recycling old players and I am very satisfied with the young players that I have brought in as they are delivering the goods,” added Hayles, who has not been shy about giving youngsters a chance.
Humble Lion’s Lenworth Hyde Sr was understandably unhappy about the result.

“I am disappointed how we lost the game. I think we played well. We played well for most of the game, but we did not create enough chances. We had more possession of the ball, but in front of the goal we were not accurate enough. We did not create enough chances and this will set us back a bit,” Hyde said.

Early goal

In a game in which the home team always looked sharper, Harbour View made their intentions known early and it took the good work of goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers to keep the scoreline level as early as the sixth minute.

Two minutes later Sawyers was helpless as a cross which curled away from him was met with a solid and well-placed header by Thompson.
While Harbour View looked more cohesive with Jermaine Hue, Andre Steele, Kimorlee Brissett, Blackburn, Rafeik Thomas and Christopher Harvey looking purposeful, Humble Lion struggled. Denzil Watson tried his best to initiate something, but could not get Omando McLoud and Kimroy Davis, in particular, to operate on the same page.

The second half continued in the same vein with the late introduction of Demar Lawrence, Jermaine Christian and Kevin Mighty unable to influence the tide as Blackburn measured Sawyers after Ricardo Campbell was harshly given a second booking and ejected for taking down Rafeik Thomas.
The loss kept Humble Lion on 25 points, the same as St Ann’s Benfica, which went down 3-2 to joint leaders Tivoli Gardens at Drax Hall.

Devon Hodges gave Tivoli Gardens a 13th minute lead and Kevin Blackford doubled the west Kingston-based club’s advantage at the 36th. Wayne Edwards put Benfica back in the game by reducing the deficit, when he scored at the 41st minute; and Wolry Wolfe brought Benfica level at the hour-mark. However, there would be one more twist, which was provided by Raymond Williamson, who scored the game-winner that lifted his team to 41 points, the same as Portmore United.

Harbour View FC and National, Striker Andre “Bullet” Fagan has been signed to a one season Loan until August 2011 with Premiership Club Song Lam Nghe An FC (SNLA) alongside his Harbour View strike partner Kavin Bryan, after a three week trial.

The former JFF Under 21 Most Valuable Player and leading goalscorer, carried his winning performances into the senior team to hoist the Digicel Premier League by scoring the final goal of last season to dethrone Tivoli Gardens at Tivoli.

He scored five goals in the five game trial to impress the Vietnamese Technical group, who invited a large contingent of players from Brasil, Argentina and Europe.

The Vietnam Premier League kicks-off in late January 2011 with both Jamaican players making their League debut, already Kavin is a crowd favourite having appeared in Charity and Knockout games.

All Media should look inquiringly into professionally covering every aspect of this most competitive League which unfortunately has been overlooked, failing to recognise the true developmental qualities that our future players grow up in annually, while a few take pot shots in preference to the more established and popularly marketed Schoolboy Competitions.

It must be our Sportscasters who are capable of recognising growth potential and positive trends in the local and international landscape to uncover “Diamonds in the Rough” the public awaits your knowledge gained through experience foresight, even to report it accurately weekly…surely this is an errors that needs to be corrected in a time of Jamaica’s focus on growing our game towards the next World Cup that brings this 18-22 year old age group into focus?

Or do we wait on foreigners to come in, tell us and start plucking our talent away before we respond?

The USA gets our players cheaply through the established College system and good that we foster that particularly for the players who are also academically capable to do both but some are better at football as a career, many of whom also play in the DPL or will do soon..oh, there is increased activity and more visits already here over the last month.

You will be surprised but look over the last ten years just how closely these results are related to the more visible DPL, or just waste a few minutes and look at this year to prove the idea wrong.

I just want to personally thank CNS for there early investment into TV Coverage of one of six games in this league weekly since last season, while the Observer does periodic glimpses.


Despite running the risk of not always doing as well as they have the potential to in the country’s top football league, Harbour View have for over three decades, exported some of their top talent to various international leagues.

The St Andrew-based club had their first transfer in 1979 when 17-year-old Keith Cunning-ham was spotted by Everald ‘Gally’ Cummings during a match against Trinidad and Tobago. Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler followed in 1986 when he was signed by Guadeloupe club, L’Etoile de MorneL-à-l’Eau.
‘The Stars of the East’ hit the jackpot in 1998 when 18-year-old Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner was signed for £1 million by English Premier League outfit, Bolton Wanderers.

“We have always been playing international competitions to expose our players from an early age,” Clyde Jureidini, Harbour View’s general manager stated. “We have found that window and that way of operating is the best way, so we have been preparing our players and our young players in particular,” he added.

In more recent years, the defending premier league champions have transferred the likes of Luton Shelton and Fabian Taylor to Norwegian clubs. Just last season, they transferred top goalkeeper, Dwayne Miller and influential captain, Lovell Palmer. Miller joined Swedish outfit, Syrianska, while Palmer signed with Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Houston Dynamo.

High credibility

“We have been fortunate and blessed and we have been doing it a long time, so there is reputation and a level of credi-bility that have been built up over time,” Jureidini expressed. “We have always looked to export talent, we have always invested in young players. The overseas market has really looked to Jamaica by and large to siphon off young, talented players who have the potential to become professionals in an international club environment,” he disclosed.

Since this season, the club transferred the youngest player in their history, 14-year-old, Martin Davis. He joined Spanish giants, Valencia, in November. One of their top strikers, Kavin Bryan, is plying his trade in the Vietnamese league, while another striker in the form of André Fagan is also on trial in Vietnam until the second week of January.

Harbour View, which currently lie fifth in the Digicel Premier League table, could lose more players during the course of this season as two of their players have received invitations and will more than likely go on trial this season.

Jureidini said: “We have built up a network with clubs and agents and are learning the trade a little bit more. Clubs and agents tend to look to us and accept our players because overall they have done well.”

He, however, conceded that the constant transfer of players has also had negative effects on the club.

“It has been good and it has been bad because you are going to attract the interest of international clubs and agents with your best players,” he pointed out. “We have been constantly losing our best players and most times, our attacking players. Sometimes it is at crucial times and it affects the local result of the league, and the performance in the league from time to time,” he concluded.

Harbour View scored a morale-boosting 3-2 victory over league leaders Tivoli Gardens in a heated Digicel Premier League (DPL) contest in which eight yellow cards and two red cards were shown at the Harbour View mini-stadium on Sunday.

However, Tivoli remain atop the league standings despite the loss as the other front-runners Portmore United and Waterhouse also suffered defeats.

Tivoli lead the overall table with 37 points, one more than Portmore, two in front of Waterhouse and three ahead of Boys’ Town, while Portmore lead the second round standings with 19 points, followed by Arnett and Sporting Central on 17 each with two matches to go in the round.

Christopher Harvey opened the scoring from the penalty spot for the hosts after eight minutes, but Roland Dean netted the equaliser in the 32nd minute of play.

Harbour View, however, were lucky when they regained the lead through an own goal in the 33rd and that was followed by John-Ross Edwards’ strike in the 61st minute to give the home team a 3-1 lead.

But Devon Hodges popped up in minute 78 for Tivoli to ensure a tense finish.

Tivoli’s Kemar Flemming was the first to receive marching orders in the bruising contest when he was ejected for violent foul play in the 41st minute, while Harbour View’s Kemeel Wolfe was also shown the red card nine minutes from time when he picked up his second yellow of the evening.

An obviously relieved Harbour View coach, Donovan Hayles, who was winning for the first time in three matches, maintained that his young team is still capable of going all the way.

“It’s not just to win, but the way we win and I think tonight (Sunday) we played some good football… although it was difficult, we were still able to maintain possession under the adverse conditions,” he said.

The home team was indeed the better side for the first half-hour although it only took them eight minutes to get on the scoresheet.

Harbour View got their go-ahead goal when Tivoli defender and captain Kasai Hinds was called for a hand ball inside the box, after he attempted to block Wolfe’s strike. Harvey calmly slotted home the resulting kick from 12 yards.

The ‘Stars of the East’ had another great chance to increase their lead in the 28th minute, but Rafiek Thomas blasted over the crossbar after Jermaine Hue teed up a perfect volley for the striker.

However, Tivoli lifted their game in the last 20 minutes of the half and Dean came close with a header, while Christopher Jackson’s well placed free-kick was saved by Michaud Barrett in the Harbour View goal.

Then in the 32 minute, Dean drew his team level when he latched on to a poor clearance on top of the Harbour View area and smashed a spectacular volley past Barrett.

But a minute later, Harbour View were back in front as Hinds turned Hue’s in-swinging free-kick into his own goal.

Tivoli then suffered another set-back four minutes before the break, when Flemming got his red-card for slapping JR Edwards during a tackle.
With Tivoli pressing for the equaliser, JR Edwards scored a third for Harbour View just past the hour when he picked up the ball just inside his opponents’ half, beat Victor Thompson for pace before slotting past Edsel Scott in goal.

But Hodges cut the lead to 3-2 in the 78th minute when he redirected a Jackson corner at the far-post.

Harbour View then went down to ten men with nine minutes remaining, but despite Tivoli throwing everything forward, the hosts held on for the full points.

Tivoli coach, Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, said his team has been suffering from bad refereeing decisions of late. “Almost every game we play now the officials call a penalty against us for hand ball, and I feel they should just make the game play,” he lamented.


Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Robert Williams, Christopher Harvey, Kemar Lawrence, Richard Edwards, Jermaine Hue (Andre Steele 79th), Kemeel Wolfe, John-Ross Edwards (Kimorlee Brissett 68th), Rafiek Thomas, Lamar Nelson (Nicholas Beckett 86th).
Subs not used: R Muir, K Petrekin, J Richards, D Haughton
Booked: Harvey (54th), R Edwards (66th), Thomas (80th), Wolfe (ejected 81st)

Tivoli Gardens — Edsel Scott, Kemar Flemming, Kasai Hinds, Victor Thompson (Kevin Deerr 68th), Christopher Jackson, Raymond Williamson, Shawn McKoy, Devon Hodges, Navion Boyd (Kwame Richardosn 74th), Roland Dean, Nacwayne Parchment (Damion Gordon 26th).
Subs not used: L Wright, S Green, J Walters, J Thompson, L Gordon
Booked: Hinds (7th), McKoy (16th), Scott (19th), Williamson (62nd), Deerr (92nd), Flemming (ejected 41st)

Referee: Valdin Legister
Assistants: Richard Washington & Dwayne Panton
Match Commissary: Anthony Cooke
— Livingston Scott

Friday, December 17, 2010

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter

AN injury-time goal from Romondo Johnson and a penalty from Renae Lloyd guided Boys’ Town to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Harbour View in Wednesday’s Digicel Premier League feature match of a double-header at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Boys’ Town, who have had to play their recent home matches at nearby Arnett Gardens instead of their usual base at Collie Smith Drive in an attempt to maximise gate revenue, lie fourth on 31 points, while the visitors remain on 27 in sixth place.

Winning coach Andrew Price praised his team’s rearguard action which led to the second-half heroics.

“We haven’t been playing well in the last four games and (it was good) to really put on this type of display, especially in the second half. We went down late in the first half and the team was down, but they came back and showed a lot of character and a lot of fight. To get the goal in injury-time was just the icing on the cake,” he said.

The home team had gone into the break trailing 1-0 after Harbour View’s Jermaine Hue dispossessed Lloyd and played a defence-splitting pass for Rafeik Thomas to finish past goalkeeper Philmore Crumbie in the 30th minute.

Boys’ Town roared back into the game in the 62nd when Lloyd calmly stroked home a penalty after Robert Williams blatantly dragged substitute Dean Morgan to the turf.

Both teams surged forward in search of the winner, but it was Johnson who popped up to finish from point-black range after good work on the right by Marvin Morgan.

Harbour View’s Donovan Hayles said his team failed to execute from a tactical perspective and were left to pay the ultimate price.
“I think we lost the plot in the second half as we started to fall too deep in the midfield. We lost the midfield deep in the second half and Boys’ Town, I think, did well.

“We weren’t defending properly in terms of our depth and we didn’t have that level of maturity at the back. My players got the instructions but they didn’t react well,” Hayles added.


Boys’ Town — Philmore Crumbie, Xavian Virgo, Wayne Ellis, Marvin Morgan, Michael Campbell, Romondo Johnson, Daemon Benjamin, Joel Williams (Dwayne Forde 77th), Jamiel Hardware (Kenardo Smith 90+2nd), Shane Edwards (Dean Thompson 46th), Renae Lloyd
Subs not used: A Taylor, R Clarke, N Wyatt, J Grant
Booked: None

Harbour View — Michard Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Robert Williams, Kemar Lawrence, Jhamie Hyde (Jaron Richards 36th), Fabian Campbell, Jermaine Hue, Kemeel Wolfe (John-Ross Edwards 80th), Marcelino Blackburn, Rafeik Thomas, Jahmali Spence (Ranique Muir 57th)
Subs not used: D Haughton, K Brissett, N Beckett, A Steele
Booked: Wolfe (30th), Lawrence (39th), Williams (60th), Blackburn (66th), Campbell (74th)

Referee: Wilverglen Lamey
Assistants: Stacey-Ann Greyson, Recordus Wilson
Fourth Official: Oneal Clayton
Match Commissary: Richard Nathan

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter

VILLAGE United’s Brazilian coach Neider dos Santos left the Harbour View Mini-stadium a happy man after their 1-0 win over the home team in Sunday’s Digicel Premier League contest.

Dino Williams got the all important goal in the 38th minute to complete back-to-back away successes for Village after their recent victory over Boys’ Town.

Dos Santos said the game was the toughest he has encountered since being in charge, but believes his team held up well against the reigning champions’ second half onslaught.

“It was the toughest game since I’ve taken over the team, but it was good that we started very well in the first half. Then we had a very tough second half and had a lot of problems defending against them. They pressured us a bit in the second half and to get this result is good and tactically it was a great achievement because they have a very good team,” he said.

Kemeel Wolfe, Rafeik Thomas and Ranique Muir were noticeable culprits as the east Kingston-based team missed several straightforward chances. Village’s goalkeeper Kemar Llewelyn made impressive interceptions and also saved a tame penalty kick from substitute Marcelino Blackburn early in the second half.

Harbour View’s Donovan Hayes was visibly frustrated and chastised his team for their wastefulness in front of goal.

“Missed chances was our problem and there’s not much more to add to that. No matter how well we play, if we don’t score any goals I will never be satisfied… this is pathetic. The players need to be more confident and they need to be more prolific in front of goal and that is the simple fact.