Humble Lion’s slow grind to improvement under Coach Lenworth Hyde Sr continued, with a 1-1 draw at their Effortville Community Centre home ground against defending champions Harbour View, as the second round of the Digicel Premier League got under way yesterday.

The point earned did not alter either team’s position, with the champions at seventh on 17 points and Humble Lion 11th on 11. While both camps took heart in the fact that neither lost, Donovan Hayles believes the champions have now answered questions about their resilience after faltering badly towards the end of the previous round with losses to Benfica and Village United.

“We played a young team today and I am pleasantly happy with the performance as the side has definitely shown that it is back on track and will get better,” Hayles told The Gleaner.
Injury to senior players like Jermaine Hue and Marcelino Blackburn was hurting, but Hayles was more than heartened by the performance of youngsters he inserted like 17-year-old Kemar Lawrence at left back and Oneil Fisher in midfield.

Home side

The home side also had their moments to savour. Much to their delight, their team broke the recent sequence of conceding early goals, as well as the need to come from behind when Denzil Watson scored in the 32nd minute.

The dreadlocked player is fast becoming the team’s ‘Mr Reliable,’ following up the energy he provided in creating the assist last Wednesday that ensured an important share of the points against rampaging Tivoli Gardens.

Watson’s goal not only lit up the afternoon, but also reflected the general direction of a work in progress under Hyde to get a settled starting eleven. Kimroy Davis, used as a substitute in previous games, was the finisher, but Watson’s execution – from the way he expertly collected the pass, moved towards goal, then dummied a defender before firing past Richard Barrett in goal – was truly brilliant.

However, any hope the home fans had they could enjoy their maiden first-half lead was dashed when Christopher Harvey headed home from a corner in the 43rd minute, to pull the visitors level.

It was a strike that left Hyde visibly disappointed, as it bore the mark of their defensive Achilles heel – inept lapses when having the game under control. However, that frustration was clearly evened out in the end, as he acknowledged Harbour View’s greater exertion of attacking pressure in the second half that could have taken all three points away.

GOALSCORERS:

Denzil Watson (Humble Lion) 32nd
Christopher Harvey (Harbour View) 43rd

Jamaican Coach, Altimont “Freddie” Butler achieves Championship honours and promotion to Norway’s Tippeligaen as Sogndal wins Division 1 while kicks-off the Academy in November.

Sogndal IL won the second division title with an accumulation of 55 points over a span of 27 games and joins the elite group of Norwegian clubs next season in the Tippeligaen.

Academy 2010/11

Freddie Butler is looking forward to the academy starting November 1, 2010 after recently joining the Norwegian Club.

Freddie Butler, which this year will be the main instructor at the academy, looking forward to the academy starting 01 November.

He has just concluded a 3-week long stay in England, where he has taken the UEFA C course and host the visiting club in Chelsea. Butler wants to continue the basic progress in the academy, with a focus on individual skills, knowledge and attitude.

Butler says that: “I want to contribute my experience in life as a top player and practicing, and be able to add conditions to ensure that those who want to be able to develop as footballers.”

Academy coordinator Sebastian Kaldestad are very pleased to have been a resource that Freddie on the team “Freddie is an outstanding practicingCoach, which is very good 1 to 1 and has a special ability to bring out the best in the players he works with.” In addition to Butler, Havard Flo comes to help again this year. ” “The level of administration this year is very high and the basis for good player development is definitely present” continue Kaldestad.

The Academy starts on November 01.

When all the boys and girls born from 1995 to 2000 are invited to the CONSTRUCTION Room in Sogna Hall at 3:00pm, where you get to meet this year’s instructors and information about the program, which means that anyone who wants to, can join in to tryout in the first week of the Academy.

Mini-Academy

Freddie Butler will also take part to help the Mini Academy and says that, “although the high activity and play should be on display among the youngest, it is important that we get a clear understanding of the talent as players come into the system and look to move upwards “, the Academy which starts Saturday 06 November, and continues with classes on weekends until the end of March.

Former Harbour View FC striker 24 year old, striker Luton Shelton has scored 11 goals this season with 1 assist. This Sunday, Vålerenga IF will receive their well-deserved silver medals at home for their second place efforts in the Norwegian Tippeligaen (Premier League) 2010.

The celebration begins with the fight against third placed Tromsø Vålerenga when they go to maintain their fantastic home statistics.
After the game players, coaching staff and Managers will receive their silver medals, in addition to honours to those who have contributed significantly to Vålerenga IF this season.

They follow by going to sing at the Vål’enga church along with all the supporters and watch on the big screen the highlights of the season.

Former national striker Fabian Taylor has had a torrid time in the Norwegian league over the past two seasons as he has suffered one injury after another. This has led to the former Harbour View talisman contemplating quitting the sport.

“I am undecided if I am going to stay in Norway or just give up football for good,” Taylor declared. “It (football) is really not treating me good injury-wise, it is really slowing me up and I am not getting to perform like how I use to, and know I can.

“Right now, I am undecided as to what I am going to do. I am even thinking about giving it a rest for a little while and see how best I can come back or venture into something new,” he elaborated.

The 30-year-old who has spent three seasons in the Norwegian league managed 14 goals in his opening season, but this was not enough to prevent his club from being demoted to the second division. His club came close to regaining promotion to the first division in the just-concluded season but fell six points short of division winners, Asker FK (57 points). Taylor saw limited playing time due to his injuries and lack of fitness, and only scored six goals.

“For me, as a player, it has been a disappointing and really challenging year,” Taylor bemoaned. “I broke my leg last season and didn’t play at all and I was struggling for most of this season. Then I got injured just before the season finished and did a small knee operation, so it has been a really rough time for me.”

Both injuries were sustained during training. Taylor also has another problem as, with his club being part of the second division, he will not be granted a work permit for next season, as foreign nationals are not given work permits to play below the first division.

Undecided

Taylor said: “I have another year left on my contract but I am undecided because I cannot play in the second division anymore because I am a foreigner. As a foreigner, you are not going to, able to get a work permit playing in the second division in Norway.”

Taylor’s former Harbour View teammate, Dwayne Miller, has reaped success in his inaugural season with Swedish Division One Club Syrianska FC. Miller, in establishing himself as the number-one ranked custodian in the league led his team to the coveted championship title and promotion to the country’s premiership next season.

The 23-year-old stopper recorded 20 clean sheets, which contributed to Syrianska FC winning the League on goal difference – by one goal.


DWAYNE MILLER HELPS SYRIANSKA FC TO SWEDISH D1 TITLE

In his first season with the Swedish Division One Club, Jamaican goalkeeper Dwayne St Aubyn Miller won the coveted championship title, establishing himself as the number one ranked custodian in the league and in the process elevated his club to the country’s Premiership next season.

Starting in most of the 50 games played in the league and knockout competitions, the 23-year-old Jamaican stood out with a consistent display in recording some 20 clean-sheets, which in the end contributed to Syrianska FC winning the League on a goal difference, of one goal.
Syrianska FC and second-placed Norrkoping each scored 56 points, but Syrianska FC held a +19 goal difference to Norrkoping’s +18.
In the final game on Saturday, October 23rd, Syrianska FC won by 3-0 over Vasby United. Norrkoping faltered to only draw 1-1 against third-placed GIF Sundsvall.

Recovering from a pre-seasonal thigh injury, as he acclimatised to the frigid conditions after returning from training in Turkey, Miller’s discipline, commitment and fixity of purpose propelled him to soon regain his first string position and he secured that spot to impress all in the league.
The national player is expected home shortly, according to his agent Romel Wallen.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Village United scored back-to-back wins for the first time this season after blanking defending champions Harbour View 2-0 at Jarrett Park on Sunday to end the first round of the Digicel Premier League on a high.

Goals from Oliver Trail and Shavar Campbell gave Village only their third win of the season but four days after a 1-0 win over rock bottom St George’s SC ended a six-game winless run.

The win took them out of the relegation zone and into ninth place on 12 points and some breathing space for coach Christopher Russell, who took over in mid-round.

Russell had come under pressure from Village fans who voiced their disapproval of his tenure as the team lurched from one disappointment to the other.

The wins at Lynch Park and Jarrett Park, away from Elliston Wakeland Centre, were not lost on Russell, who told reporters after the game that he had hoped the wins would come in front of the fans.

He credited the wins to the hard work put in by the players in training, adding that not conceding a goal in the last two games was also a sign that the defensive schemes were working.

Harbour View’s Donovan Hayles was quick to write off the first round, saying they have to forget it and just aim at improving when the return round starts.

While insisting that they were not out of the running to retain their title, Hayles said bad decision making process by the players had factored in their not making it to the end-of-round final and finishing in sixth place after the first 11 games.

Harbour View were chasing the game early after Trail rose unchallenged and headed powerfully past Michaud Barrett in the fourth minute of the game.

The east Kingston team came back immediately, but Marcelino Blackburn’s powerful free kick from just on the edge of the area was well saved by veteran goalkeeper Elvis Hart, going to his right to push it away for a corner.

Three minutes later Rafeik Thomas headed a cross just wide from close range.

Harbour View had yet another good chance to score late in the half when Andre Fagan, who had a goal ruled out for off-side, lobbed the ball just inches past the goalkeeper’s right post.

It was Village who were more assertive at the start of the second half however with the speedy strike pair of Campbell and Romando Anderson creating problems in the Harbour View defence.

The pressure paid off as 19 minutes into the half, Campbell found a way past Barrett again after the Harbour View defence failed to clear a ball out of danger and the forward pounced on it and steered it into the goal.

Harbour View had one good chance in the half but Richard Edwards cannoned the ball off the near right hand post.

Teams:

Village United — Elvis Hart, Jerome Eccleston, Winston Wilkinson, Rohan Bernard, Fitzroy Campbell, Orlando McBayne, Troy Smith, Oliver Trail, Shavar Campbell (Teafore Bennett 90th), Romando Anderson (Dino Williams 73rd), Ronique Francis (Everette Mullings 75th)
Subs not used: K Hamilton, A Williams, J Eccleston, A Nickles,
Booked: Trail (63rd), Mullings (83rd


Harbour View: Michaud Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Montrose Phinn, Jaron Richards, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, John-Ross Edwards (Romario Campbell 65th), Marcelino Blackburn (Oneil Fisher 72nd), Nicholas Beckett, Andre Fagan, Rafeik Thomas (Jahmali Spence 67th)
Subs not used: D Haughton, L Hodges, F Campbell, L Nelson
Booked: Richards (47th)

Referee: Karl Tyrell
Assistant Referees: Recordus Wilson, Nicholas Anderson
Fourth Official: Donat McKenley
Match Commissary: Tracey Reid

CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon — Defending champions Harbour View were second best for most of the game, but still managed to carve out a 1-0 win over Sporting Central Academy in their Digicel Premier League midweek fixture at Brancourt yesterday.

Christopher Harvey lashed home a deflected free-kick in time added, as the ‘Stars of the East’ rebounded from their shock 0-1 loss to newcomers Benfica FC on Sunday.

They have now improved to 16 points, three above Sporting Central, who were suffering their fifth defeat of the season, four of which have come at home.

Harbour View’s coach Donovan Hayles thought his team did well to keep out a “spirited” Sporting Central team and get the goal at the right time.
“I thought it was a very hard game,” he said. “Sporting Central is a quality team and they came at us, but we defended well and found the winner at the opportune time. These three points are very important to us and we will just have to keep working to keep pace with the leaders,” he said.
After a dull first half, both teams produced end-to-end action early in the second, but it was the hosts who looked likely to take the lead with a number of teasing attacks.

The guests were, however, able to withstand the onslaught and then find the winner with a bit of luck as the game withered away — Harvey driving home a grounded free-kick, which took a deflection and wrong footed Jacomeno Barrett between the sticks for Sporting.

Sporting Central –– Jacomeno Barrett, Dale Watson, David Boswell, JeVaughn Watson, Hughan Gray (Francois Swaby 64th), Levaughn Williams, Camaal Reid, Renoir Elliot, Romaine Barnes, Marlon Allen, Oneke Ford (Damarly Samuels 86th).
Subs not used: A Blake, K Bascom, D Campbell, J Powell, T Alves.
Booked: D Watson (30th), J Watson (32nd)

Harbour View — Michard Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Monthrose Phinn, Christopher Harvey, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, John-Ross Edwards (Jahmali Spence 73rd), Marcelino Blackburn, Romario Campbell (63rd), Andre Fagan, Rafique Thomas (Kavin Bryan 62nd).
Subs not used: D Haughton, N Beckett, Fabian Campbell, K Lawrence.
Booked: R Edwards (13th), Woodhouse (26th), Harvey (79th)
Referee: Courtney Campbell Assistants: Garnet Page, Stacy-Ann Greyson Fourth Official: Doyen Tummings Match Commissary: Ewan Scott

Harbour View’s shock 1-0 defeat to newly-promoted Benfica at their Harbour View Mini Stadium home ground on Sunday in the Digicel Premier League sent shock waves across the league and also sank the defending champions to seventh place in the 12-team competition.
The east Kingston-based team has already lost four of their opening nine matches and has a mere 13 points to show for their efforts; hardly the start one would expect from one of the most successful teams in the country.

However, poor starts are nothing new to Harbour View. In fact, at this stage of last year’s championship-winning campaign, the Donovan Hayles-coached outfit had only chalked up three more points compared to this season’s tally. They were, however, undefeated at this stage and went on to close the round on 22 points and place third.

Hayles is, however, far from being perturbed about his team’s stuttering start, and claims to be focusing on the bigger picture of topping the table at the end of the 38 rounds of matches.

“This isn’t the first time I am losing, so I’m not overly bothered by it. We don’t view the situation as anything to hang our heads over. We have our eyes set on the bigger goal and we have a very long way to go, so we aren’t worried,” Hayles said.
The coach was also quick to highlight the work done by Benfica, applauding their counter-attacking play and defensive discipline.
“First of all we must give Benfica credit. I think they played very well on the counter. We dominated the game but were unable to crack their defensive line,” said Hayles.

Close margin

“Benfica are a quality team, they have won some games and have lost some by a close margin, so that tells that they can play,” Hayles pointed out. “They are only new in terms of the club being in the league, but there are quite a few players who are well accustomed to the Premier League and are able to create some damage. It’s only a pity that it happened against us.”

Despite the setback, Hayles is confident that his team will bounce back. He also criticised his team’s lack of consistency.
“For me, the consistency is the key thing. We have been winning games and then coming back to lose. We have to start winning on a consistent basis, and that is something that we will have to work on,” said Hayles. “We want to finish off this round with two wins, and that is what we will be working towards.”

Martin Davis and Kaya Beckford who travelled to Spain this year on a one week scholarship to the Valencia Football Club Summer camp have both impressed the Spanish coaches and have been called back to Spain to pursue their training. The summer scholarships were awarded to the boys following their outstanding performance at the Next Generation Valencia CF Easter Football Camp held in Jamaica earlier this year.

Davis, 12, has been accepted to the Valencia CF Academy to work with the under 17 second team and begins his semester at the end of October. Beckford, on the other hand, will be joining the E1 Valencia Academy. Both boys will attend the prestigious Caxton College, a British curriculum school considered to be one of the best British schools in Spain with excellent academic results and exceptional educational and sporting facilities.
According to Howard McIntosh of the JFF, “This is a significant accomplishment for these youngsters and for Jamaica on a whole. The Jamaica Football Federation is tremendously proud to be associated with the Next Generation camps which have really delivered on its promise to develop Jamaican football at the youth level. The Valencia camps for both footballers and coaches are of the highest standard, and the opportunity for select players to train in Spain makes the prospect even more valuable for Jamaica.”

Valencia born Victor Salazar-Chang, principal of The Next Generation VCF Camp, says “My vision is truly being realized. We started the annual camp earlier this year in the hopes of raising the bar for youth football by introducing Spanish style strategies and techniques … I never expected that any of the kids would go on, after the first staging, to train in Valencia. The truth is that there is so much natural talent here that we envision Jamaica, through initiatives such as these, dominating in the football arena as they do in other sporting disciplines such as track and field. Ultimately, my personal dream is for a Jamaican to play for Valencia and I believe it will become a reality sooner rather than later.” Salazar went on to thank all the camp sponsors especially presenting sponsors Claro and Scotiabank, and added that Scotia has even committed a further one thousand US dollars (US$1000.00)each to assist the boys with their training.

The Next Generation VCF Camp, a subsidiary of Taino Trade and Investment Limited, has since staged a very successful camp in Bermuda, from which three more scholarship winners were selected, and plan two more in the first quarter of next year in Cayman and Jamaica in March and April respectively.

The Next Generation VCF Camps are part of the Valencia Football Club’s ongoing efforts to promote the club internationally. According to Salazar, “It is a remarkable opportunity for Jamaican kids not just to benefit from Valencia’s know-how and strategies on local soil but to travel to Spain and participate in the Club experience first-hand”. He adds, “We are also working on opening up the opportunity to even more kids as we expect Valencia CF to set up a permanent school in Jamaica in a few years. Our two ambassadors have made us proud and have really paved the way for even more exciting developments.”

The Valencia internationalization effort has already seen the establishment of the first official Valencia school outside of Spain in Kobe, Japan, and camps in Scotland and Wales. A second school is slated to be opened later this year (2010) in Cairo, Egypt. Jamaica has already hosted one of its three scheduled annual camps and the Valencia CF has committed to establishing a permanent Campus in Jamaica by 2013.

Along with presenting sponsors Scotiabank and Claro, other sponsors of the Jamaican camp included Pepsi, Spanish Court Hotel, Western Sports, the Spanish/Jamaica Foundation, American Airlines, KFC and snack sponsors Keebler and Herrs, and was endorsed by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, the Embassy of Spain, the Spanish Jamaica Foundation, the University of the West Indies and the Jamaica Football Federation.

Digicel Premier League defending champions, Harbour View, came from behind to overturn Westmoreland’s Reno 2-1 at Frome yesterday in a tough encounter which could have gone either way.

Harbour View leapfrogged Reno to 13 points and sixth, while Reno slipped to seventh as they remained on 11.

Reno displayed the better quality football for most of the first half and duly took the lead in the 32nd minute when Christopher Harris, who had come on for Fabian Blake, who suffered a cramp, scored the opening goal. He had been on the field less than a minute when he scored.

Goalkeeping blunders

This goal brought the fight out of the east Kingston team, and their resilience paid off through a goalkeeping blunder. Marcelino Blackburn cracked a shot to goal and it was poorly handled by Dennis Taylor, who allowed the ball to slip from his grasp into the goal.

Taylor blundered a second time and Harbour View capitalised to scored a second goal, which won the game 2-1. The goal came in the 46th. Harbour View attacked from the kick-off and earned a foul. Jermaine Hue made good the resulting free kick, which deflected off a defender in the wall and, again, poor handling on the part of Taylor in the Reno goal sent the Kingstonians celebrating.

Red cards

Both Omar Johnson of Reno and Kemeel Wolfe of Harbour View picked up red cards in the 86th minute, missing out on eight minutes of action in a game which had four minutes added due to a heated confrontation between the two.

Picking up four points from three straight home games is not exactly what the technical director for Reno, Wendell Downswell, wanted, but he is optimistic that their next match, away against Sporting Central, will be a different ball game.

Donovan Hayles blamed their poor first-half performance to motor-vehicle problems. “We had some vehicle problems coming here, so we were late in arriving. The players changed in the bus in order to take the field on time and not lose the points, so I must congratulate the players for doing so well, even though we did not have enough time to prepare for the game.”

Neither of the teams complained about the conditions, even though there was non-stop rain at Frome throughout the entire game.

Tivoli Gardens Football Club head coach, Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, hailed the fighting spirit of his team after battling diligently to carve out a 1-0 win over defending champions Harbour View, in the Digicel Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday.

A first-half strike by the team’s top scorer, Navion Boyd, secured the crucial points for the West Kingston team, who were beating the Stars of the East for the first time in their last three league matches.

The win also came on the heels of a tough 1-0 loss to Waterhouse, in their previous encounter at Drewsland, and Bailey believes the team’s determination to recover from that setback – though playing against the title-holders – showed their desire to reclaim the crown.

“The team really worked; we had to dig deep and we fought. To become a champion that is how it goes sometimes, it won’t always flow and look pretty,” Bailey said following the game.

“After a disappointing loss against Waterhouse we are back on track and that was very important for us. We didn’t want to lose two straight, the win has lifted the team and we look forward to moving on,” he added.

Boyd made the telling contribution in the 31st minute, drifting inside his marker after collecting a pass from strike partner Devon Hodges to blast the ball past Harbour View custodian, Michaud Barrett, and into the back of the net.

A deserved lead

Despite little goalmouth action in the first 20 minutes, the lead for the home team had been a deserved one, having looked more enterprising in their forward play.

A lively Boyd, who signalled his intention with a 25-yard long-range blast, which went wide of goal in the opening minutes, was always likely to be the one to inflict the damage.

In fact, Tivoli, who regularly found pockets of space to cut through the Harbour View midfield, had a good chance to take the lead five minutes earlier, but splendid link-up play, which had culminated in Boyd playing midfielder Kevin Blackford through on goal, failed to produce fruit, with the latter failing to make any solid contact.

In the second half, however, Harbour View gradually began to find space of their own with midfielder Jermaine Hue, who was not at his best, beginning to exert more influence on the game.

Tivoli also began to concede several free kicks just outside their 18-yard area, but Hue failed to repeat his midweek heroics by curling one into the net, which had seen the Stars of the East thrash Boys’ Town 5-1.

Harbour View substitute, Romario Campbell, almost got his name on the score-sheet in the 80th minute, but saw his long-range effort go just wide of goal after eluding two defenders.

“I don’t think we should have walked away empty handed but that’s how the game goes. We would have hoped to have continued our goalscoring trend but today we had a drought,” said Harbour View’s coach, Donovan Hayles.

“In the second half we got more shots than we did in the first, and I was pleased with how the substitutes responded. Overall, I am pleased we dominated this game, but I am disappointed we did not come away with a draw or all three points.”