Defending champions Harbour View made a positive start to their season and in doing so did what they could not have done all of last season – defeat Humble Lion.

The much-improved attacker, John-Ross Edwards, had the lone strike in the 82nd minute, firing an angled free-kick over the head of goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers, who was caught off his line.

While Harbour View would have been happy with the three points and the positive start to their season, they would not have been particularly pleased with the level of play.

For long periods, the home team offered little excitement, even though they looked more dangerous, especially after having difficulty coping with the physicality and the fitness of Humble Lion.

“I am happy for the win, but I was not particularly happy with the way we did it. We could have done much better with the rotation of the football in midfield.

“In terms of the preparation we knew that Humble Lion would have played a physical game so we needed to move the ball around. It is easier to shoot a sitting duck than a flying bird, yet we were sitting more and allowing them to come at us,” was winning coach Donovan Hayles’ honest assessment of the game.

Humble Lion’s Christopher Bender found reason to praise his team for their character and spirit.

“It was a good game in terms of character and spirit and I think that we shone through (in those areas).
“They scored a fortuitous goal and that is part of the game. We have an excellent goalkeeper. Those things do happen in football but we lost no marks in defeat today,” said Bender.

The major highlight of the first half was the ejection of Humble Lion’s Kirk Duckworth, in time added, following his second booking for a foul on Rafeik Thomas.

The second half was an improvement on the first, even though Harbour View made no obvious adjustments and failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage.

The home team struggled in midfield while forward Kavin Bryan was kept in check by the alert Ricardo Campbell, who had an outstanding game. But while Humble Lion looked good in defense, up front they lacked a goalscoring threat as Narado Brown and Roberto Fletcher did not look the part. Substitute Omar Walters fared little better and fired wide of the gaping goal in the 70th minute from a melee.

As the game wound down Harbour View looked more threatening with Edwards; captain Richard Edwards and Dicoy Williams looking their best players.

John-Ross Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn and Richard Edwards tested Sawyers with long-ranged drives, while the lanky Kimroy Davis had a similar drive for Humble Lion.

With the game looking as if it would end goalless, John-Ross Edwards produced an act of brilliance and perhaps luck to beat Sawyers, who made an uncharacteristic error by being caught off his line.

He blasted an angled right-footer from about 38-yards from the left of the field into the top right-hand corner of the goal over the head of the back pedalling Sawyers.

While John-Ross Edwards soaked up the adulation, Sawyers understandably looked as if he could sink in the ground.

Sunday’s Results

  1. Boys’ Town 4 St Georges 2
  2. Harbour View 1 Humble Lion 0
  3. Arnett 2 Village 2
  4. Tivoli 3 Benfica 1
  5. Waterhouse 2 Sporting 0
  6. Portmore 1 Reno 0

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, yesterday called on all stakeholders to exhibit an attitude of professionalism during the upcoming Digicel Premier League season.

Burrell was speaking at yesterday’s launch of the 2010-11 season at the JFF’s headquarters in New Kingston.
“Coaches, administrators, players and everyone associated with the clubs should give of their best in terms of discipline and professionalism in the interest of the development of the game,” said Burrell.

“I want to wish the clubs the very best; to Benfica, welcome to the big league, and to Reno, you have returned and we will be looking at you. Let us enjoy this beautiful game.”

Chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association, Edward Seaga, was happy with the return of the competition but stressed that it has been a difficult period of preparation.

Seaga shared that with no money in reserve and with the economic situation not providing many options, there were thoughts of cutting the league in half to ease the burden on the teams.

State agency, the Sports Development Foundation, however, intervened at the last moment with a donation of $5 million to ensure that all 38 rounds will be contested.

The 2010-2011 season of theDigicel Premier League was launched yesterday afternoon at the offices of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) in New Kingston, as the telecommunication giants get ready to enter into their third and final year of a $150 million three-year deal.

Sponsors Digicel who are now in the final year of a $150 million three-year deal, will commit $50 million towards this year’s staging of the competition, with support coming from the likes of Wray & Nephew and Locker Room Sports.

Marked improvement

Digicel’s CEO Mark Linehan was pleased with his company’s continued support of the competition and made special mention of what he considered to be a marked improvement over the period.

“Digicel is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Digicel Premier League for the third consecutive year. Over the last three seasons, we have seen the competition become a fantastic showcase of community football in Jamaica,” said Linehan.

“We are committed to supporting the development of football in Jamaica and we are looking forward to what is sure to be another exciting season of the beautiful game,” he continued.

The league will get under way next Sunday with all 12 teams. Defending champions Harbour View will host Humble Lion at the Harbour View Mini Stadium, while Boys’ Town will tackle St George’s at their Collie Smith Drive home ground in two of the bigger clashes.

Last year’s runners-up Tivoli Gardens will travel to St Ann where they will play the promoted Benfica, while Reno-Portmore, Sporting Central-Waterhouse and Village-Arnett Gardens are the other matchups for the opening week.

There was no presentation ceremony following the conclusion of last season, due to the disturbance in Tivoli Gardens, so a truncated version was held towards the end of the launch.

Tivoli Garden’s Navion Boyd was the league’s MVP while cell phones, courtesy of Nokia, were also presented to the MVPs of the respective clubs.
The MVPs are Newton Sterling (Arnett Gardens), Devon Haughton (August Town), Peter Keyes (Boys’ Town), Zico Herrera (Humble Lions), Jermaine Hue (Harbour View), Dwayne Kerr (Portmore United), Omar Parker (Rivoli), Jevaughn Watson (Sporting Central), Jermaine Taylor (St Georges), Orlando McBean (Village United), Kevin Lamey (Waterhouse), Navion Boyd (Tivoli Gardens).

“After 31 years of our established Logo, created when i graduated from the Graphics Department of the Edna Manley School of Visual Arts in 1979, as a essential part of my Major Task of building the image of a football club.

We have decided to update it with the assistance of my son Dwayne (current Designer of BUZZ Magazine) to a more current look, befitting the Century 2000 incorporating the elements of 50 Championship honours achieved over our 36 years as a Club. The most in the Caribbean by any club.” –Clyde Jureidini (HVFC General Manager)

2 on the left(as is and reverse on a blue background) for the Local Premier League, to indicate three time Champions in 2000, 2007 and 2009.

2 Logos, On the Right, with Blue Stars when we play in the Caribbean or Internationally to indicate our two time CFU Club Champions in 2005 and 2007.the most by any Jamaican Club.

HV-OldLogo HV-NewLogo1 HV-NewLogo2


LOVEL PALMER scores his third MLS Goal:

Former HVFC Captain, Lovel Palmer scored once as The Houston Dynamo defeated the Chicago Fire 4-3 Saturday night. Brian Ching provided the fire-power for the Dynamo, tallying three goals on the evening.

FABIAN TAYLOR scores Norweigian Goal:

Former HVFC striker, Fabian Taylor scored once in second placed, Notodden FK’s big 9-1 victory over third placed Nest-Sorta on Sunday, to remain in a position for automatic promotion back to Division 2 after a poor season last year, when the striker was out due to a broken leg.

Another former HVFC striker, Luton Shelton’s Club, Valeranga who plays in the Norweigian Premier Division has a reserve Team Valeranga 2 placed lower in the tables at 11th position. Luton is a part of the Reggae Boyz squad for the upcoming series of two international games.

Goalkeeper DWAYNE MILLER secures his goal in Swedish Division 1 League:
(Here are excerpts from the official Syrianska FC website)
Ljungskile SK 1-1 Syrianska FC

Ljungskile – Skenderovic scored a last-gasp equaliser to cancel out Smedberg’s first-half opener as Milller kept Syrianska FC in the game in Sunday evening’s thrilling clash at Starke Arvid’s arena.

In the 36th minute, Barsom loses the ball in the middle to Erik Nilsson, who gives the ball to Michel Thomas who in turn finds the Ljungskile captain Smedberg which made no mistake and his third goal of the season.

Ljungskile had a couple of chances in the first half which could increase the lead for the home team but the Syrianska FC keeper Miller became a living wall. Syrianska FC had to wait until the second half for their first shot on goal.

Miller made a couple of terrific saves. A stunning long-range drive by Smedberg forced a good save from Miller. Even Kitic tested Miller from 20 meters and Ljungskile came close to a second but Dwayne Miller blocked the shot.

In deep added time Syrianska FC threw everything in front and Semir Mete had a great chance to equalize, but his shot inside the penalty area went wide. That seemed to be the games last chance, but there was still a minute left to play of the game.

Syrianska FC’s efforts paid off in the 92nd minute when Skenderovic crashed in a header from a Barsom cross to bring a hard point back to Södertälje.

Syrianska, remains in third placed in the 16 Clubs format, and pushes for automatic promotion to the Premier League next season.


Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner’s Bolton Wanderers had a positive early season result on the road, when they defeated West Ham by 3-1 to be well placed at fourth position in the Barclays Premier League after just two games.
Ricardo was not in the squad for this game due to a hamstring injury.
In the seasons opener Bolton were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Fulham.


Damion “Stewpeas” Stewart is off to a very slow start (2 points) with two drawn games and a lost at his new club, Bristol City while his old Club Queens Park Rangers tops the early League Standings after three games with 9 points.

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Mark Steffens – CHARLOTTE EAGLES Head Coach & Assistant Coach Steve Shak

Mark Steffens returns as the head coach for the Charlotte Eagles in his 14th year. Mark has led the Eagles to the USL-2 Championship match seven times, and has won the championship in 2000 and 2005. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs an unprecedented 12 of 13 years under the direction of Steffens. Earning USL-2 Coach of the Year honors in 2008 for the second time as the Eagles claimed the Regular Season Championship, and was also awarded the honor in 2004. The United Soccer Leagues recognized Steffens for his amazing record and commitment to the community in 2007 as he was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame. Mark’s soccer career experience is quite extensive. He played professionally for the New York Apollo and the New York United in the American Soccer League. His coaching history goes back more than 20 years, and features his professional experience as the Head Coach of the New York Express of the Maj or Indoor Soccer League from 1986-87. He was the assistant coach for the Express in 1985-86 and for the New York Arrows (MISL) in 1983-84. Prior to coming to the Eagles, Steffens was the Head Coach of Chaminade High School, a perennial powerhouse private soccer program on Long Island, NY. Mark holds an “A” coaching license with the USSF and is a graduate of The King’s College in New York with a degree in Physical Education.

Steve Shak returns for his fourth season as a player and assistant coach with the Eagles and holds a USSF B License. . Since signing with the Eagles in 2007, Shak has been an anchor for Charlotte’s defense. A USL-2 First Team Selection in 2007 and 2008, Shak was also named a finalist for 2008 USL-2 Defender of the Year. A native of Cerritos, CA, Shak played for four years at UCLA from ’96-’99, leading the Bruins to the 1997 National Championship and the 1999 Final Four. As a junior in 1998 he was named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy (NCAA National Player of the Year). A member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, he appeared in all six matches when the team took home the bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games. After a successful collegiate career, Shak was selected as the number one overall pick in the 2000 Major League Soccer Draft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. He played in 23 games in his rookie year, recording one goal and one assist. After three seasons in the MLS with NY/NJ and Colorado, Shak was then acquired by the USL-1 Minnesota Thunder where he played one season leading the team to the USL-1 Championship and earning a USL-1 Second Team Selection. He had a brief stint in Sweden with Bodens BK in the Swedish Superettan (2nd Division) before signing with the USL-1 Virginia Beach Mariners midway through the 2004 season. Before joining the Eagles Steve enjoyed three seasons with the Mariners where he was captain of the team during the 2006 season.

The Charlotte Eagles will also be playing a series of matches in Kingston and Montego Bay while they are on tour with GSM International.

God bless and see you at HVFC,

Paul Banta
President of GSM International


Harbour View are the 2010 Claro KSAFA Champions League kingpins, after substitute Ranique Muir powered them to a 2-1 win over Boys’ Town in the final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex late yesterday evening.

The east-Kingston team walked away with the championship trophy and a handsome $250,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up had to settle for $150,000.

Last year’s winners Waterhouse benefited from two own goals to beat Cavalier to third place by a 2-0 margin. They also walked away with the $100,000 third-place cash prize, while Cavalier earned $50,000.
In the big one, both teams took their time to get settled after a tentative start, but after the opening jitters, it was Boys’ Town who were looking the more dangerous of the two Premier League heavyweights.

Former schoolboy prodigy, Marvin Morgan Jr, was gifted the first real opportunity after 11 minutes, but could not take full advantage after his shot from just inside the box with the outside of his boot went well wide, with the goal at his mercy.
The Red Brigade were at it again in the 20th minute when Dean Thompson’s ferocious volley from the vicinity of the penalty spot forced a picture-perfect one-handed reaction save from goalkeeper Michaud Barrett.

Harbour View worked their way into the contest and should have opened their account at the half-hour mark, but Rafeik Thomas and Marcelino Blackburn ran into each other at the back post and killed the chance for a simple tap in. The chance was created by Jahmali Spence, who played the ball across the face of go after out-muscling two Boys’ Town defenders.
Missed opportunities

Thomas was at it again seven minutes later, but he failed to get the better of Kirk Porter in the Boys’ Town goal, after being played behind the defensive line. The striker must have been surprised to find himself with only Porter to beat, but could find no way around the keeper after he tried to dribble instead of taking a shot on goal.
Substitute Mark Newsome’s tame left-footed shot from the top of the box was saved off the line by Montrose Phinn in the 60th minute, in what was Boys’ Town’s last real chance of the game.
Harbour View’s winner came after Muir beat Porter to a through ball, before poking it into the goal after it seemed easier for the goalkeeper to win the ball.

Winning coach Donovan Hayles was satisfied with his team’s performance and the triumph.

“I’m satisfied. I think both teams can be satisfied with their play tonight,” said Hayles. “Boys’ Town started stronger but when we consolidated defensively we did very well and all in all we were strong, even though the game could have gone either way.”
Boys Town’s Andrew Price thought his team gave a fair effort, but suffered from fatigue.

“We dominated for long periods but I think the guys were a little leg-weary tonight. We just started training so the conditioning is not where it needs to be. We weren’t effective on the ball and this is where we lost the game,” added Price.

Defending champions Barbican kick-started their Sherwin Williams Women’s Premier League season with a 2-0 win over arch-rival Harbour View in the feature encounter of a double-header at the Harbour View Mini-stadium yesterday.

Goals by Chevenese Clarke and Jenine Dennis in the 46th and 78th minutes, respectively, gave Barbican their first win and three points from their second game.

Barbican are second from bottom in Zone A behind leaders Los Perfectos who dispatched Arnett Gardens 5-1 to move to seven points from three games.

Harbour View, who ended with 10 players after goalkeeper Peatria Campbell was red-carded for abusive language in the 54th minute, remained third on four points.

Los Perfectos assumed sole leadership of Zone A after previous leader Trelawny Women rested.

Tashana Campbell grabbed a brace for the Manchester based-Los Perfectos in the 10th and 86th minutes and was ably supported by Simone Honeygan (33rd), Tashieka Gordon (60th) and Schneil Briscoe (76th).

In the curtain-raiser at the Compound, Portmore Strikers came from behind to edge Waterhouse 2-1. Khedin Salmon gave Waterhouse a seventh-minute lead, but Ieasha Mowatt responded in 32nd to level the scores and then found the winner from the penalty spot in the 79th minute.
Portmore, with their third win from as many games, joined Waterhouse on nine points from four games atop the standings in Zone B.
Meanwhile, Santos blanked Olympic Gardens 2-0 to register their first win from three outings and into third spot with three points.
Both Olympic Gardens and Constant Spring bring up the rear as both are without a point.

Captain, Richard Edwards, Dicoy Williams, Kavin Bryan and new 19 year old sensation Oniel Fisher, are all selected in the traveling squad to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for Wednesdays international friendly game.

Boyz Will Win – Burrell

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

As Jamaica’s 19-man Reggae Boyz squad gets ready to depart the island later this afternoon for Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, is expecting his team to get the better of their regional arch-rivals on their own turf.

Speaking to The Gleaner last night, Burrell was extremely confident when asked to weigh the team’s chances in the twin-island republic, as both teams get ready for their friendly international on Wednesday.

“I think that we have enough ammunition in our arsenal to take care of the Trinidadians in Port of Spain,” said the captain.
“I’m expecting this to be a keenly contested game. It’s not going to be easy as when both teams play each other it’s normally a difficult game and I’m expecting no less this time around,” he added. “But I believe our players are focused and are aware of the task at hand and I’m expecting a good performance from them.”

Long-term plans

Burrell was also keen to highlight the importance of this encounter to the long-term plans of his administration with the Digicel Caribbean Cup and World Cup qualifications just around the corner.

“This game is very important for us to fine-tune preparations first of all for the Digicel Caribbean Cup to be held later this year and beyond,” Burrell noted. “We recognised the need to get back to where we are expected to be in terms of Caribbean and CONCACAF football and this is a step in that direction.”

Meanwhile, the squad, which is scheduled to leave the island shortly after 2 p.m, features three first-time senior team invitees; Devon Williams (Real Mona/St Georges), Oneil Fisher (Harbour View/St Georges) and Andre Blake (Sporting Central). The trio were all part of national Under-21 squad, which had been preparing for the Central American and Caribbean Games in July.

Six overseas-based players

The squad is highlighted by the inclusion of six overseas-based players – Shavar Thomas (Kansas City Wizards), Ryan Johnson (San Jose Earthquakes), Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls), Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy), Rudolph Austin (SK Brann) and Eric Vernan (Nybergsund).
Norway-based left-sided utility player, Demar Phillips, was also invited but could not make the trip after he picked up an injury two Sundays ago.
Jamaica squad: Jermaine Taylor, Dicoy Williams, Richard Edwards, Adrian Reid, Devon Williams, Kavin Bryan, Oniel Fisher, Kenardo Forbes, Ricardo Cousins, Troy Smith, Devon Hodges, Mario Swaby, Andre Blake, Shavar Thomas, Ryan Johnson, Dane Richards, Donovan Ricketts, Rodolph Austin and Eric Vernan.

Premier League champions Harbour View and Boys’ Town made light work of Seaview Gardens and August Town, respectively, as Group B action got underway in the Claro KSAFA Champions Cup yesterday.

In the curtain raiser, Harbour View brushed aside Seaview Gardens by a 3-0 margin, while former champions Boys’ Town were too hot for August Town, scoring a 2-1 triumph. Both games were played at the UWI Bowl, Mona.
A Ranique Muir brace (63rd and 67th minutes) and a third from Christopher Harvey, powered Harbour View to their impressive win in the early kick-off.

In the feature game, Boys’ Town survived a late scare to prevail over fellow one-time Premier League campaigners, August Town, through goals from Michael Campbell and Dean Thompson.
Both teams traded blows early in the contest but despite their competitiveness, there were just a few clear chances for either team.

Boys’ Town, who won this competition when it was called the President’s Cup in 2005, began to take control of the game as it progressed and were duly rewarded in the 26th minute, albeit due to a horrendous defensive mistake.
Skipper Michael Campbell was credited with the goal, but it was in fact a gift from August Town goalkeeper, Sheldon Smith, who comically dived over the midfielder’s right-sided free-kick and was beaten at his near post.

Smith was also unconvincing four minutes later when he failed to collect a corner, which was nodded in off the underside of the crossbar by one of the smallest players on the field, Dean Thompson, as Boys’ Town surged to a 2-0 lead.

August Town could find no answer on their own field and almost found themselves 3-0 behind, but Anthony Bennett’s 36th minute volley somehow stayed outside the goal after crashing off the bottom of the crossbar.

The second half saw little difference as Boys’ Town’s possessive play and explosive wide players had a field day with the August Town defenders.
Goal number three almost came in the 55th minute and probably would have come had it not been for a moment of idiocy from Boys’ Town goalkeeper Kirk Porter. Spot kick

After watching his team win a penalty through Bennett, who was brought down in the box by Cordain Palmer, Porter argued with midfielder Renae Lloyd for the right to take the spot kick, before sending it straight on to the crossbar.

His light-hearted reaction after the miss did not seem to impress his disgruntled team-mates.

Mark Grant’s 87th minute strike ensured a nervous final three minutes for Boys’ Town, but in the end it was too little, too late for August Town.
Andrew Price, coach of Boys’ Town is happy with the win and the chance to look at a few players ahead of the Premier League.

“We welcome this competition. It will help us with our preparation going forward. Today was our first outing, there was nothing spectacular but we are a work in progress and I’m pleased,” said Price.

August Town spokesman, Everton Thomas, blamed his team’s lack of fitness for the result.
“We just started training two days ago. The team is just assembling and it showed because they were fitter than us,” said Thomas. “We are hoping to use this competition to look at players and prepare for the upcoming Super League.”

Jamaica international Damion ‘Stew peas’ Stewart has signed a lucrative three-year deal with Football League Championship outfit Bristol City. Stewart was signed from Queens Park Rangers (QPR) for an undisclosed sum. Bristol City is coached by Steve Coppell, who,just five years ago, brought Reading to the premiership and guided them to a sixth-place finish.

Stewart, who is the first Jamaican player to play for a London club, was named QPR’s player of the season in the 2008-09 season. He was about to go into his fifth season with QPR when Bristol City came knocking, and according to Stewart’s agent, Romel Wallen of Pro-goals Sports Management, it was a case of choosing the club with the greater ambition. “It was just a case of a club outdoing another in terms of their ambition and their love,” said Wallen. “They (Bristol City) got David James from Portsmouth signed the same day as Damion and Nicky Hunt from Bolton. So in other words, they have bought three players so far this off-season – Nicky Hunt, David James, who are two players from the premiership, and Damion Stewart. So it shows you in what high regard they hold him (Stewart).

Lucrative deal

“It is a lucrative three-year deal, which is fantastic for him at age 29. That is unprecedented really in the general context of football, let alone for a Jamaican,” he added. Wallen further believes that it augurs well for Jamaica despite no new players being able to play in England at this time due to Jamaica’s lowly FIFA ratings. “By getting such a lucrative deal at 29, it shows that he is being rewarded for the work he has done and it puts us back on the planet as it shows that a Jamaican defender can come up here and do well over a long period of time and be rewarded for that,” he added.

Stewart, who will turn 30 on August 18, is delighted with his move and is looking forward to helping his new club gain promotion. “To be acknowledged by a club like Bristol, that is really looking to make steps forward, and seeing me as part of their plans, is a good feeling. I am really delighted,” said Stewart. “I have only been at the club for three days now and I have spoken with the coach and he has told me straightforward that his plan is to get promoted by whichever means possible,” he added.