Antigua and Barbuda’s first-ever professional football club, Barracuda FC, has officially signed to compete in the United Soccer Leagues for the 2011 season as the USL continues the expansion of its top professional league.

The agreement was signed Monday night at a function at the Sugar Ridge hotel in Antiguan between officials of the USL and Barracuda featuring, USL Senior Director of International Development Francisco Marcos and Barracuda’s chairman Gordon Derrick, CEO Roger “Bo” Matthew and Fernando Abraham, director.

“This is yet another positive step forward in the growth of the USL First Division for 2011,” Papadakis said.
“Coupled with our announcement of Orlando as a 2011 expansion team, the addition of Barracuda FC continues USL’s positive momentum with more news to come.

“What makes this even more exciting is the overall effect on the region that USL expansion in the Caribbean will have,” Papadakis continued.
“Not only does it increase the profile of soccer throughout the region, but the addition of Barracuda FC creates a natural geographic rival for the Puerto Rico Islanders, one of USL’s most exciting and accomplished teams, as well as opening the door for other Caribbean clubs to join the USL First Division.

“We also look forward to working with Gordon Derrick and Bryan Hamilton, Barracuda FC’s Technical Director, to develop soccer opportunities for all ages on this beautiful island, not only at the professional level, but for the boys and girls youth and developmental players as well.”

The USL First Division season runs from April through October, and in addition to league play, Barracuda FC intends to compete in premier international tournaments and exhibitions such as the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship and the CONCACAF Champions League.

Barracuda was established in 2008 with the main purpose of raising the bar of club management and creating a professional team that would provide an avenue for talented footballers in Antigua and Barbuda and the Eastern Caribbean.

The club’s business philosophy is providing first-class family entertainment for all age groups throughout Antigua & Barbuda and the neighboring Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, including the US British Virgin Islands, St Kitts-Nevis, St. Maarten-St. Martin and Montserrat.
Barracuda’s players have been recruited locally, with most coming from the senior and U-21 National teams.
Regional trials will be held in the Leeward and Windward Islands for the 2011 season to identify the best players from throughout the region and developing the talent within the club.

It is expected that Barracuda will eventually be comprised of 70 percent Antiguan players and 30 percent regional players, though international players will be not ruled out.

“I am extremely excited about the prospect of Antigua and Barbuda’s Barracuda FC joining the USL First Division for 2011,” Derrick said.
“This is a historic event in the history of football in Antigua and Barbuda and our entry into USL in 2011 will be the catalyst for the quantum leap in development of the sport in our country. We are also excited about bringing our Antiguan flair to the sport and displaying it throughout the cities participating in this most prestigious league.

“We promise a most rewarding experience when the fans of our opponents come to support their teams here in Antigua, and for that matter they may not want to return to their homes. After all, Antigua and Barbuda is the last stop before Heaven.”

NEWLY crowned Digicel Premier League (DPL) champions Harbour View’s success was due to a concerted team effort and hard work, but club president Carvel Stewart believes it’s also because they have a ‘special one’ in coach Donovan Hayles.

“Dedicated hard work…. is one factor, and I believe I have the most technically sound coach in the league in terms of his grasp of the attacking and defensive need of the team and how he applied it,” opined Stewart, who is also deputy chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA).
HAYLES… works out how to win games

“Donovan would work out how we would win the games, especially when the forwards were not scoring. If you noticed ‘Bassa’ (Marcelino Blackburn) would come in and score the goals; he was the leading goalscorer from midfield. It was a lot of tactical planning from Donovan, and the players delivered.

“There are times when you lose because the luck was not with you and there are times when you win because the luck is with you…. 92 minutes Arnett 1, Harbour View 0 and in the 94th minute, Harbour View 2, Arnett 1.

“For 92 minutes we attacked Arnett and everything went over the bar or wide of the post,” Stewart noted.
Harbour View amassed 77 points from their 38 games, inclusive of 23 wins, eight draws and seven loses, to finish 11 clear of dethroned Tivoli Gardens on 66.

It was also the third league title for the ‘Stars of the East’, having also won in the 1999/2000 and 2006/07 seasons.

Only four clubs in Santos (five), Tivoli Gardens (four) and Portmore United (four) have had more successes than Harbour View, but what makes this year’s triumph even more special is that the average age of the team is 21 years.

“Our philosophy goes back to the 70s. The first time we played National League in 1977, we had 15- and 16 year-olds on the field and finished second.

“That’s where we build them from. ‘Bibi’ (Ricardo Gardner) played at 14. It has to be a conscious decision to dedicate the development of the youngsters. The thing is to commit to it and allow them to develop and when they are ready, don’t wait,” Stewart pointed out.

“Our senior players welcomed the youths. They didn’t regard them as competition. They encouraged them and took them under their wings,” he added.

“It also comes down to the maturity of the players like Richard Edwards, Lovel Palmer; the solid base set by Dwayne Miller before he left and nobody had the amount of clean sheet that we had.

“We had 19 clean sheets and I believe 15 of them was Dwayne. With Dwayne we could score one goal and still win, and that was a definite factor.

“Jermaine Hue’s influence on the young attacking midfielders around him and how he helped to guide and lead them; the arrival of Kavin Bryan was also timely because we were struggling in the goal-scoring department. He scored three games in a row that won the games and it started us off and helped the younger players.

“At the back you can’t credit the clean sheet to the goalkeeper alone; the central men Dicoy Williams and Montrose Phinn and the wingbacks were Under-21 players.

“Andrew “Bowa” Hines kept them fit, and if you looked at the last game against Tivoli, they were still able to run 90 minutes after the long season.

“It was a trying season financially for everybody, and the players were really co-operative. Once I laid out to them what the financial difficulties were, they discussed it amongst themselves and decided that they will work with it because they knew that when I have it then that is dealt with,” he added.

Harbour View showed their depth by also capturing the Jamaica Football Federation’s Under-21 League and won the Claro Kingston and St Andrew Football Association’s Under-20 Confed league.

Their Under-17s went undefeated, but lost all their points in the boardroom for using ineligible players.

NEWLY crowned Digicel Premier League (DPL) champions Harbour View’s success was due to a concerted team effort and hard work, but club president Carvel Stewart believes it’s also because they have a ‘special one’ in coach Donovan Hayles.

“Dedicated hard work…. is one factor, and I believe I have the most technically sound coach in the league in terms of his grasp of the attacking and defensive need of the team and how he applied it,” opined Stewart, who is also deputy chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA).
HAYLES… works out how to win games

“Donovan would work out how we would win the games, especially when the forwards were not scoring. If you noticed ‘Bassa’ (Marcelino Blackburn) would come in and score the goals; he was the leading goalscorer from midfield. It was a lot of tactical planning from Donovan, and the players delivered.

“There are times when you lose because the luck was not with you and there are times when you win because the luck is with you…. 92 minutes Arnett 1, Harbour View 0 and in the 94th minute, Harbour View 2, Arnett 1.

“For 92 minutes we attacked Arnett and everything went over the bar or wide of the post,” Stewart noted.
Harbour View amassed 77 points from their 38 games, inclusive of 23 wins, eight draws and seven loses, to finish 11 clear of dethroned Tivoli Gardens on 66.

It was also the third league title for the ‘Stars of the East’, having also won in the 1999/2000 and 2006/07 seasons.

Only four clubs in Santos (five), Tivoli Gardens (four) and Portmore United (four) have had more successes than Harbour View, but what makes this year’s triumph even more special is that the average age of the team is 21 years.

“Our philosophy goes back to the 70s. The first time we played National League in 1977, we had 15- and 16 year-olds on the field and finished second.

“That’s where we build them from. ‘Bibi’ (Ricardo Gardner) played at 14. It has to be a conscious decision to dedicate the development of the youngsters. The thing is to commit to it and allow them to develop and when they are ready, don’t wait,” Stewart pointed out.

“Our senior players welcomed the youths. They didn’t regard them as competition. They encouraged them and took them under their wings,” he added.

“It also comes down to the maturity of the players like Richard Edwards, Lovel Palmer; the solid base set by Dwayne Miller before he left and nobody had the amount of clean sheet that we had.

“We had 19 clean sheets and I believe 15 of them was Dwayne. With Dwayne we could score one goal and still win, and that was a definite factor.

“Jermaine Hue’s influence on the young attacking midfielders around him and how he helped to guide and lead them; the arrival of Kavin Bryan was also timely because we were struggling in the goal-scoring department. He scored three games in a row that won the games and it started us off and helped the younger players.

“At the back you can’t credit the clean sheet to the goalkeeper alone; the central men Dicoy Williams and Montrose Phinn and the wingbacks were Under-21 players.

“Andrew “Bowa” Hines kept them fit, and if you looked at the last game against Tivoli, they were still able to run 90 minutes after the long season.

“It was a trying season financially for everybody, and the players were really co-operative. Once I laid out to them what the financial difficulties were, they discussed it amongst themselves and decided that they will work with it because they knew that when I have it then that is dealt with,” he added.

Harbour View showed their depth by also capturing the Jamaica Football Federation’s Under-21 League and won the Claro Kingston and St Andrew Football Association’s Under-20 Confed league.

Their Under-17s went undefeated, but lost all their points in the boardroom for using ineligible players.

Harbour View cemented their status as the best football team in the land for 2009/2010 after they defeated main rivals Tivoli Gardens 2-1 in the final round of matches in the Digicel Premier League (DPL) at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday.
Andre Steele put the Stars-of-the-East in front after just six minutes, but Keammar Daley equalised in the 39th minute.

Andre Fagan stole the victory for the visitors and the DPL champions when he came off the bench to score in the 63rd minute.

Harbour View finished with 77 points, 11 clear of Tivoli .

Winning coach, Donovan Hayles, who was widely criticised after he squandered a 15-point lead to concede the title to Waterhouse a few seasons ago, said he corrected those mistakes.

He praised his team for their professional attitude and commitment.

“We played a very good game, despite the fact that we won the cup already; the players showed professionalism.

People were saying that we would have to beat Tivoli to win the championship, but to win the title we had to beat people like (St) Georges, Village and those teams and we were able to do so to become champions,” he said.

Hayles is hoping his young team can mature even further for next season and really become the dominant force in the league.

“These players have now bring a lot of pressure on themselves, because as a young team, they must show that come next year they don’t use youth as an excuse. They will now have to really prove their worth because they have shown that they belong in the league, so the pressure is going to be on them to continue delivering,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tivoli coach, Lenworth Hyde, was given the boot minutes before his team took the field after club president, Edward Seaga, said he inspected the team list and noticed it was the same starting team that lost the three previous matches.

“When he presented me with the team that was going to play today (yesterday), I looked at it and saw it’s the team that played the last three games and got beaten. He didn’t make the change so… we have been having that problem right throughout the season,” said the former prime minister of Jamaica.

Teams:
Tivoli — Edsel Scott, Kemar Flemming, Kasai Hinds, Victor Thompson, Jameel Thompson, Jerry Walters, Damion Gordon, Kevin Blackford, Irvino English (Nackwayne Parchment 82nd), Michael Spence (Dane Kelly 76th), Navion Boyd.
Subs not used: K Reid, J Taylor, M Blygen, L Gordon
Booked: Gordon (48th)

Harbour View — MIchaud Barrett, Jaron Richards, Montrose Phinn, Clifton Waugh, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, Fabian Campbell, Andre Steele (Oneil Fisher 68th), Romario Campbell (Jermaine Hue 68th), Jahmali Spence (Andre Fagan 58th), Kavin Bryan.
Subs not sued: JR Edwards, N Beckett, K Wooley, C Walters
Booked: Wooley (42nd), Campbell (54th), Fisher (81st)
Referee: Kevin Thomas
Assistants: Mark Sullivan & Lloyd Edwards
Fourth Official: Clint Reid
Match Commissary: Anthony Cooke

It’s the end of the second year of Digicel’s sponsorship of the nation’s elite football competition, but officials from the telecommunications giants are already looking at ways to make the league better in years to come.

Speaking to The Gleaner amid a rain of confetti, as Harbour View were officially being crowned Digicel Premier League (DPL) champions for the 2009-2010 season, sports sponsorship manager, Paula Pinnock-MacLeod, expressed satisfaction with the way things played out this season, but stressed that there is still room for improvements.

“We are definitely excited, when we just came on board the transformation that we suggested was new and so we didn’t know what to expect, but we were blown away by the level of support and interest from the media and the fans and this year was absolutely no different,” said Pinnock-MacLeod.

Growth achieved

She highlighted the level of growth witnessed over the past two seasons and thanked the general public for the high level of interest and support, but was quick to point out that the sponsors will now be turning their attention to pulling out more spectators in seasons to come.

“I think football on a whole in Jamaica, in terms of the fan support and getting people to consistently come out to the games, for us as sponsors, that’s our challenge. We have to try and get people to come out, it’s something that we have improved on and we will continue to focus on this area,” Pinnock-MacLeod continued before offering congratulations to victors Harbour View which ended on 77 points, nine more than dethroned champions Tivoli Gardens.

“We are happy to be presenting the trophy to Harbour View, they certainly deserve it and we are excited at the level which football has come to in Jamaica even at the very end teams are still fighting for their place next season,” Pinnock-MacLeod beamed. “We are very pleased and we are definitely looking forward to season three.”

Edward Seaga, chairman of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ), which executes the management of the league, was also pleased and made special mention of the number of young players who were exposed this season.

Disappointment

Seaga, who also acts as president of the Tivoli Gardens Football Club, could not help but mention his disappointment that yesterday’s final-day clash between Harbour View was not a title decider, but pointed to the other end of the table, which provided a lot of excitement with Sporting Central Academy staving off relegation with a 2-1 triumph over Rivoli.

“It was another great season,” Seaga said. “It would have been a fantastic day if both teams (Harbour View and Tivoli) were playing for the trophy, but that was not to be. Anyway, there were some thrills at the bottom end of the league with Sporting Central and Rivoli, so once again it was a thrilling season.

“The level of play continues to grow and we have seen a lot of younger players coming into the mix, so this was really good for the development of the league,” Seaga added. “We are all aiming at bring in younger players as this will improve the game locally.”

Harbour View waltzed outside of the Edward Seaga Sports Complex with their shiny new Digicel Premier League trophy in hand after pouring salt into the bruised pride of dethroned champions Tivoli Gardens, with a confident 2-1 triumph yesterday afternoon.

Relegated to second place, and days after the sacking of coach Lenworth Hyde Sr, the Tivoli Gardens players seemed lost during the opening stages of the game and it was little surprise when enterprising midfielder Andre Steele made the most of some loose marking to fire home a goal from the top of the penalty box in the sixth minute.

The Stars of the East seemed to have forgotten that the league title was already wrapped up as they turned the screws on the deflated Tivoli Gardens outfit.

However, they were unable to extend their lead before the diminutive Keammar Daley expertly curled a 20-yard free kick from the right, which went beyond the reach of goalkeeper Michaud Barrett, to level the scores in the 39th minute.

Pacy striker Andre Fagan would seal the victory for the new champions in the 63rd minute after flicking the ball over the head of defender Kasai Hinds at the top of the penalty area before dispatching his shot out of the reach of Edsel Scott in the Tivoli Gardens goal.

Coach elated

Winning coach Donovan Hayles was elated with the win, and took pride in his team’s performance despite already winning the title before the game.

“I think we played a very good game, especially considering the fact that we had already won the competition. I’m very pleased with the approach of the players,” Hayles said. “Both teams actually, because Tivoli Gardens came out and did very well. The players’ response was great, they wanted to show determination and go out on a high and they came and delivered.”

Hayles also paid tribute to the team’s management for sticking with him throughout testing times and also highlighted the contribution of players who started the season with the club but are now on contract overseas.

“I’m still feeling elated about winning the championship. I had been through a lot but I still believed in myself and there were people inside the club who believed in me like managers Clyde Jureidini and Carvel Stewart,” said Hayles. “I want to pay tribute to our captain, Lovel Palmer, who led the team with excellence this year, also Dwayne Miller, who was tremendous around the back and did well and a lot of work with our reserve goalkeeper, who himself came in and did very well too. It was not a job that was done by only the players who are still here.”

Brian Rose, manager of Tivoli Gardens, was full of praise for the new champions, but was also pleased with his team’s efforts this year.

“First of all I must congratulate Harbour View, they had a good season and I know they worked hard for it,” said Rose.

“We realised that we were out of the title running, but we decided to give our best nonetheless, but unfortunately, we still lost.

“I think we did good throughout the season, we might have had some poor results at some point but overall I think the team did well. It was a decent season to end up second after being champions is good … . To me it was a good season,” Rose ended.

National player Jevaughn Watson unleashed a 20-yard beauty that scored to help Sporting Central Academy beat Rivoli 2-1 and secure their place in the next season’s Digicel Premier League.
Watson’s goal was the tiebreaker after both teams were locked 1-1 with 10 minutes of regulation time left.
Devon Hodges (Rivoli) and Jamali Powell (60th) had earlier got on the scoresheet to sustain the hopes of the respective teams.

The game was crucial to both teams’ position for next season, with Sporting requiring a win after entering the game with 40 points. Rivoli, on 42, needed just a draw or alternatively massive defeats for Arnett Gardens and Humble Lion in their respective matchups against August Town and Portmore United.
Brandon Murray, manager/owner of Sporting Central Academy, said he had envisioned Watson playing a crucial role in deciding the team’s fate.

The key

“Before we started the last two games, I told Jevaughn we wanted a leader,” Murray told The Gleaner.
“We had seen it from other teams in much the same way Richard McCallum did it for Waterhouse when they played against us here (Brancourt) and you see it in Jermaine Hue for Harbour View. Once he produced, it was always going to be key for us. It turned out he scored last week (against August Town) and today (yesterday) again.”

The disappointment of the Spanish Town team was probably lost in the massive celebrations of Sporting Central, who were having their best spectator support in three months.
Captain Omar Parker, who had played for the last seven years, summed up the mood and also aptly where his team got it wrong.

“I feel upset, in fact, very terrified. We came here with a game plan to come out and play, but you can’t defend in football for 90 minutes,” Parker emphasised.
“I believe if we had stuck to the game plan by playing positively (then we wouldn’t have lost); not doing that cost us.”

Second fiddle

Despite playing second fiddle to the home side for the first half-hour, Rivoli got the psychological beak after Gregory Lewis needlessly fouled Kirk Ramsey in the 18-yard box, only for referee Valdin Legister to point to the penalty spot.

Devon Hodges easily converted for a 1-0 lead after 29 minutes.

Sadly, that was the national striker’s only significant contribution for the entire afternoon. He looked woefully overweight and did little to make life uncomfortable for the Sporting defenders. In fairness, Hodges was the lone crusader up front; and Rivoli’s task became even worse when Parker was sent off in the 33rd minute for striking Hughan Grey.

The one-man advantage provided further attacking impetus for Sporting and after a series of close shaves, they finally got the equaliser before Watson’s goal settled the outcome.

Standings

Final standings in the Digicel Premier League after yesterday’s last round of matches

 

# TEAM P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Harbour View FC 38 23 8 7 53 27 26 77
2 Tivoli Gardens FC 38 18 12 8 58 32 26 66
3 Waterhouse 38 17 9 12 43 35 8 60
4 St. Georges SC 38 12 14 12 32 38 -6 50
5 Boys’ Town FC 38 12 13 13 33 36 -3 49
6 Village United FC 38 11 15 12 35 40 -5 48
7 Portmore United FC 38 11 14 13 24 28 -4 47
8 Arnett Gardens FC 38 10 15 14 36 38 -2 45
9 Sporting Central A 38 9 16 13 33 34 -1 43
10 Humble Lion FC 38 9 16 14 32 36 -4 43
11 Rivoli United FC 38 9 15 14 36 45 -9 42
12 August Town FC 38 9 9 20 28 54 -26 36


(Tabulate under Teams, P-Play, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Lose, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, Pts-Points)

Yesterday’s Results

  • Tivoli Gardens 1 Arnett Gardens 2
  • Waterhouse 6 St Georges 1
  • Boys’ Town 1 Village United 1
  • Portmore United 0 Humble Lion 0
  • Sporting Central 2 Rivoli United 0
  • August Town 0 Arnett Gardens 4

Harbour View cemented their status as the best football team in the land for 2009/2010 after they defeated main rivals Tivoli Gardens 2-1 in the final round of matches in the Digicel Premier League (DPL) at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday.
Andre Steele put the Stars-of-the-East in front after just six minutes, but Keammar Daley equalised in the 39th minute.

Andre Fagan stole the victory for the visitors and the DPL champions when he came off the bench to score in the 63rd minute.

Harbour View finished with 77 points, 11 clear of Tivoli .

Winning coach, Donovan Hayles, who was widely criticised after he squandered a 15-point lead to concede the title to Waterhouse a few seasons ago, said he corrected those mistakes.

He praised his team for their professional attitude and commitment.

“We played a very good game, despite the fact that we won the cup already; the players showed professionalism.

People were saying that we would have to beat Tivoli to win the championship, but to win the title we had to beat people like (St) Georges, Village and those teams and we were able to do so to become champions,” he said.

Hayles is hoping his young team can mature even further for next season and really become the dominant force in the league.

“These players have now bring a lot of pressure on themselves, because as a young team, they must show that come next year they don’t use youth as an excuse. They will now have to really prove their worth because they have shown that they belong in the league, so the pressure is going to be on them to continue delivering,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tivoli coach, Lenworth Hyde, was given the boot minutes before his team took the field after club president, Edward Seaga, said he inspected the team list and noticed it was the same starting team that lost the three previous matches.

“When he presented me with the team that was going to play today (yesterday), I looked at it and saw it’s the team that played the last three games and got beaten. He didn’t make the change so… we have been having that problem right throughout the season,” said the former prime minister of Jamaica.

Teams:
Tivoli — Edsel Scott, Kemar Flemming, Kasai Hinds, Victor Thompson, Jameel Thompson, Jerry Walters, Damion Gordon, Kevin Blackford, Irvino English (Nackwayne Parchment 82nd), Michael Spence (Dane Kelly 76th), Navion Boyd.
Subs not used: K Reid, J Taylor, M Blygen, L Gordon
Booked: Gordon (48th)

Harbour View — MIchaud Barrett, Jaron Richards, Montrose Phinn, Clifton Waugh, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, Fabian Campbell, Andre Steele (Oneil Fisher 68th), Romario Campbell (Jermaine Hue 68th), Jahmali Spence (Andre Fagan 58th), Kavin Bryan.
Subs not sued: JR Edwards, N Beckett, K Wooley, C Walters
Booked: Wooley (42nd), Campbell (54th), Fisher (81st)
Referee: Kevin Thomas
Assistants: Mark Sullivan & Lloyd Edwards
Fourth Official: Clint Reid
Match Commissary: Anthony Cooke

Champions-elect Harbour View battled to an exciting 0-0 draw with Waterhouse at the mini-stadium on Sunday in the penultimate round of matches of the 2009/10 Digicel Premier League (DPL) season.

Harbour View’s post-match celebrations were subdued as they had expected the DPL trophy to be hand for them to relish at home. Instead, they will have to save their revels for next Sunday when they play dethroned champions Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium where the trophy will be presented.

Club officials refused to comment on the issue, though it was clear they were disappointed, but that did not stop them from honouring their championship-winning teams, and as part of this, they unveiled their nursery of players starting from the tender age of four.

Harbour View, who won the Premier League for the third time following wins in 1999 and 2006, had T-shirts displaying three stars for each victory at local football’s highest level.

The Stars of the East, who won this season’s DPL title with two games remaining, also celebrated winning the Jamaica Football Federation’s Under-21 League for the third consecutive time. They also added to their cabinet the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-20 League last Saturday.

The St Benedict Marching Band performed during the half-time interval and there were firecrackers at the end of Sunday’s game.

On the field, Harbour View demonstrated why they are champions as they dominated their opponents with 10 men after national defender Dicoy Williams was shown a straight red card for a rash tackle on Darren Mattocks in the 40th minute. So intense was the tackle, Mattocks had to be replaced by De’Andre Brown.

Waterhouse, playing with a man more, never let their advantage count for the 50 minutes of normal time and the four minutes added on. In fact, it was Harbour View who looked the more dangerous throughout, and were unlucky to not have scored.

Waterhouse never played with the expected conviction and flair, though they were under no pressure considering they had already wrapped up third spot.

Despite the draw, Harbour View moved to 74 points and increased the advantage over second-placed Tivoli to eight.

Teams:

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Jaron Richards, Montrose Phinn, Dicoy Williams, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn, John Ross Edwards (Andre Steele 65th), Jermaine Hue, Jahmali Spence (Clifton Waugh 44th), Kavin Bryan (Andre Fagan 79th).
Subs not used: Carlloyd Walters, Nicholas Beckett, Romario Campbell, Rafeik Thomas.
Booked: Williams (red card 40th), Hue (67th).

Waterhouse — Richard McCallum, Desmond Breakenridge, Roger Rodney, Rohan Amos, Nicholi Finlayson, Weston Forrest, Stephen Williams (Kemar Thomas 82nd), Darren Mattocks (De’Andre Brown 41st), Jonathan Williams, Mark Miller, Kevin Lamey.

Subs not used: Kelso Cousins, Hugh Howell, Kemar Josephs.
Booked: Amos (73rd), Brown (92nd).
Referee: Dave Peterkin
Assistant Referees: Stacey Ann Grayson, Oyincho McTaggart
Fourth Official: Tarik Parchment
Match Commissary: Horace Lewis

Champions-elect Harbour View battled to an exciting 0-0 draw with Waterhouse at the mini-stadium on Sunday in the penultimate round of matches of the 2009/10 Digicel Premier League (DPL) season.

Harbour View’s post-match celebrations were subdued as they had expected the DPL trophy to be hand for them to relish at home. Instead, they will have to save their revels for next Sunday when they play dethroned champions Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium where the trophy will be presented.

Club officials refused to comment on the issue, though it was clear they were disappointed, but that did not stop them from honouring their championship-winning teams, and as part of this, they unveiled their nursery of players starting from the tender age of four.

Harbour View, who won the Premier League for the third time following wins in 1999 and 2006, had T-shirts displaying three stars for each victory at local football’s highest level.

The Stars of the East, who won this season’s DPL title with two games remaining, also celebrated winning the Jamaica Football Federation’s Under-21 League for the third consecutive time. They also added to their cabinet the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-20 League last Saturday.
The St Benedict Marching Band performed during the half-time interval and there were firecrackers at the end of Sunday’s game.

On the field, Harbour View demonstrated why they are champions as they dominated their opponents with 10 men after national defender Dicoy Williams was shown a straight red card for a rash tackle on Darren Mattocks in the 40th minute. So intense was the tackle, Mattocks had to be replaced by De’Andre Brown.
Waterhouse, playing with a man more, never let their advantage count for the 50 minutes of normal time and the four minutes added on.

In fact, it was Harbour View who looked the more dangerous throughout, and were unlucky to not have scored.

Waterhouse never played with the expected conviction and flair, though they were under no pressure considering they had already wrapped up third spot.

Despite the draw, Harbour View moved to 74 points and increased the advantage over second-placed Tivoli to eight.

Teams:

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Jaron Richards, Montrose Phinn, Dicoy Williams, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn, John Ross Edwards (Andre Steele 65th), Jermaine Hue, Jahmali Spence (Clifton Waugh 44th), Kavin Bryan (Andre Fagan 79th).
Subs not used: Carlloyd Walters, Nicholas Beckett, Romario Campbell, Rafeik Thomas.
Booked: Williams (red card 40th), Hue (67th).

Waterhouse — Richard McCallum, Desmond Breakenridge, Roger Rodney, Rohan Amos, Nicholi Finlayson, Weston Forrest, Stephen Williams (Kemar Thomas 82nd), Darren Mattocks (De’Andre Brown 41st), Jonathan Williams, Mark Miller, Kevin Lamey.

Subs not used: Kelso Cousins, Hugh Howell, Kemar Josephs.
Booked: Amos (73rd), Brown (92nd).
Referee: Dave Peterkin
Assistant Referees: Stacey Ann Grayson, Oyincho McTaggart
Fourth Official: Tarik Parchment
Match Commissary: Horace Lewis