Kavin Bryan started the scoring after registering twice in minutes 20 and 27, recently against a St. Thomas All Star Team to win by 3-0.

He keeps his scoring form in an early Reggae Boyz friendly after being disappointed to not travel on a two weeks trial in Sweden, the National striker showed his professionalism by banging in two goals as a leading frontman.

He is one of four (4) HVFC DPL Champion Players who are currently in the National Senior squad in training along with Captain, Richard Edwards, Dicoy Williams and 19 year old Oniel Fisher.

 

Unimpressive Reggae Boyz Beat Trelawny All- Stars In Warm-Up
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

The Reggae Boyz yesterday made hard work of it, but still managed to beat a Trelawny All-Stars team 3-1 in another of their practice games ahead of their departure for a friendly international against Trinidad and Tobago in the twin-island republic.

Kavin Bryan opened the scoring for the locally based Reggae Boyz in the 32nd minute before substitutes Navion Boyd in the 80th and Andrae Campbell in the 90th added some respectability to the score. Ricardo

Reid pulled one back from the penalty spot for the Trelawny team conditioned by Larry Allen and assisted by Dwight Jeremiah and Elvis Hart. Differing halves While acknowledging that the display was not the best from his charges, coach Theodore Whitmore saw enough positives in the game. “It was a practice game in which we looked at a number of players, so both halves would not have looked the same,” Whitmore said of the game which featured a much-improved second half which had nine changes for the Reggae Boyz. “I think it was a fairly good workout and a chance to look at a number of players. We have a game coming up against Trinidad and Tobago, so it is continuous preparation.

The Digicel Caribbean Cup is coming up so it was also another opportunity to look at players,” Whitmore added. Boyz the better players The Reggae Boyz were the better team throughout, as they possessed the ball much better and moved it around with purpose, even though they failed to make their better play count. For their part, the Trelawny All-Stars showed glimpses of good quality but played more as individuals.

Bryan put the Reggae Boyz ahead from a goal-mouth mêlée, but the two remaining strikes which sandwiched Reid’s strike were beautifully constructed and converted. Boyd, after coming close minutes earlier, steered home a left-footer on the half-volley after a perfect cross from fellow substitute Rafe Wolfe. Following a foul on Bryan to the right of the 18-yard box, Campbell curled a delightful left-footer into the top left-hand corner of the net after the ball was played off to him by Boyd. That strike did more than enough to erase any memories of his handball, just under 10 minutes earlier, which allowed Reid to beat substitute goalkeeper Randal Huie from the penalty spot.

THE CONVENOR of Jamaica’s newest political party has urged communities across the island to copy Harbour View. Betty Ann Blaine, a former resident of the east Kingston community, says not only does Harbour View have a vibrant citizens’ association, but also, members of the community have continuously inculcated its younger members with the right values and attitudes.

“Tivoli can learn from the values and attitudes in Harbour View,” proclaimed Blaine, who was the guest speaker at yesterday’s 50th-anniversary celebrations for Harbour View.

Tivoli Gardens, situated in western Kingston, has been described by former Jamaica Defence Force head, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, as the mother of all garrisons. Members of the security forces killed more than 70 persons there in May during a stand-off. Not about self-pride Yesterday, Blaine, who recently launched the New Nation Coalition, said there was a need for programmes to be established to allow for the teaching of positive values and attitudes from communities like Harbour View to other communities.

She said that one mode of doing this is having community leaders in both communities interface on a regular basis and developing programmes. Blaine told Harbour View residents that they should always remember that their role is “not about self-pride, it is about setting examples”.

Established two years before Jamaica’s Independence in 1962, Harbour View’s citizens say that they have positioned themselves as a model community. The community has a vibrant citizens’ association, an enviable low crime rate, and youth and football associations. The community was the first in Jamaica to have a community paper. Its residents also claim that the community was the first to host street dances. The Harbour View Citizens’ Association used yesterday’s holiday to honour outstanding community members and former residents. Those honoured were Lloyd Richards, Marcella Vassell, the Reverend Leslie Hoo Sang, Ken Jones, Alma Mock Yen and Irving Montague.

Jamaica’s Ambassadors to Spain, Martin Davis and Kaya Beckford, who spent the last week at the Valencia Football Club Summer camp, have returned amidst rave reviews about their performance and the athletic abilities of Jamaican footballers in general. Davis and Beckford, who received scholarships for the camp after participating in the Next Generation Valencia Easter Football Camp in Jamaica this year, play for St. Georges College and Glenmuir High respectively. Davis is also Captain of the Under 12 team at the Harbour View Football Club.

The Valencia CF 2010 Summer Camp covered various training concepts and trained and evaluated the youngsters in offensive and defensive tactics, individual and collective techniques, use of both feet, coordination, focus and behavior. They also had the added fortune of training with the First Division Football Coach, Unai Emery, and being in Spain for the much anticipated World Cup Finals. “It was an amazing experience that I will never forget….I made so many friends…I can’t wait to go back and perhaps one day play for the Valencia Football Club,” says Martin. His mother, Dianne Edwards, was equally impressed, “It was an experience and an opportunity of a lifetime for Martin. The organization of the camp and the levels of discipline and professionalism were impressive and the boys naturally fell in line. What also stood out for me was the wide mix of camp participants from across the globe and the strategies taught, for example the boys were always encouraged to work as a team and to keep the passes short.”

The Next Generation Camp, staged by Jamaican partner Taino Trade and Investment Limited, is part of the Valencia Football Club’s ongoing efforts to promote the club internationally. According to Taino Head, Victor Salazar-Chang, “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. Additionally, we are 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 some exciting developments that will be announced shortly.”

The 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 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 in 2013.

John-Ross Edwards, 25th minute counter-attacking scoop was enough to ensure Jamaican Champions Harbour View FC to cap off a stellar season where the touring team satisfied their large throng of adorning and noisy fans in the Richie Richardson Stands at the legendary Antigua Recreational Ground in capital of St. John’s.

The two-time Caribbean Club Champions, were exposed to an early onslaught of continuous attacking football from the newly formed professional outfit, as Scottish National Technical Director, Billy McEwen deployed excessive numbers in raids on the visiting backline coordinated by National defender, Dicoy Williams and his partner, Montrose Phinn as goalkeeper, Michaud “Button” Barrett was severely tested on 5 occasions within the first 28 minutes as he managed the invasion well to bring off two dazzling saves from lanky dreadlocked striker, Ranja Christian to keep the score sheet, clean.

Barracuda’s 1-3-5-2 attacking formation, rotated around midfielders Captain, George Dublin, young Quinton Griffiths, Desmond Bleau and Randolf Burton was outnumbering the HVFC defensive unit and long direct passes were sent continuously into the opponents area as shots were hastily fired at the goal, twice wide of the mark by Grayson Gregory and another from Christian who was 5 yards offside that was lodged in the goal as the defenders stood still in an obvious offside call.

Slowly as HVFC got accustomed to the large field, heavily covered crab-grass surface, sweltering heat with no wind and the marauding attacks the team leadership managed a rare 18th minute counter-attacking ploy down the left flank by Davion Woodhouse and John-Ross Edwards which produced a telling cross to Kavin Bryan at the back post but his first touch eluded the defender, Roy Gregory but he slipped and the goalkeeper, Molvin James collected the ball inside his penalty area. Captain, Richard Edwards and Woodhouse, also would duplicate the move 4 minutes later but the skipper’s right-footed cross was caught by the goalkeeper.

Smart thinking, had shown the way as Marcelino Blackburn picked out John-Ross once more on the left side instead and this unlocked the defense as he scooped the ball overhead of a marker and evaded challenges from the goalkeeper James and another defender to slot home and celebrate with the Jamaicans and his teammates after 25 minutes.

The pressure was released and more coordinated passes appeared as confidence, match sharpness and concentration slowly returned to the Champions after two weeks rest of the field, the cobwebs were disappearing. Skillfully Edwards and Jermaine Hue organized the midfield to hold sway until halftime, where a much needed rest, refreshment and tactical changes were implemented by Coach, Andrew “Bowa” Hines.
Fierce competitiveness marked the second stanza as the Coaches went in search of a victory from different angles, substitutions were early on both sides as Tamarly Thomas, replaced Teran Williams for Barracuda and Andre Fagan came in for Jahmali Spence who suffered from a stomach ailment and being hit in the face by the ball, from close distance to have a pounding headache.

No more would follow for 32 minutes, as the tactical changes were in evidence as the Coaches forgot the friendly nature of the game, looking for the upper-hand until minute 81 when Hines unleashed Nicholas Beckitt and Rafiek Thomas, for Richard Edwards and Kavin Bryan as the fresh-legs immediately created new space, higher pace and new ideas that worried the Antiguans.

Spurred by the injection, Romario and Fabian Campbell along with Kimorlee Brissett joined the fray for Marcelino Blackburn, John-Ross Edwards and Jermaine Hue, as the ball artistry of HVFC appeared in full swing and rushed to high climax as Andre Steele came to the party, for Davion Woodhouse, it was devilish possession that displayed a myriad of short, snappy and classic skills as the young brigade entertained the crowd with dazzling flair and trickery.

Cheers, jeers and noise emanated from the Stands all around the ground as the thousands of fans were reveling the ball artistry as the game came to a finale, HVFC the clear winner at the end after fighting all the way.

The victorious visitors led by Carnel “Fuzzy” Austin, took a lap of honour around the grounds to loud applause and stops, handshakes and high fives in particular in front of the jubilant Jamaican Stands.

BARRACUDA FC Starting Lineup:
GK – Molvin James, George Dublin© ,Dave Carr, Roy Gregory, Karanja Mack, Teran Williams, Quinton Griffith, Desmond Bleau, Randolph Burton, Ranja Christian, Grayson Gregory.
Sub used: Tamarly Thomas for Williams 64th minute


HVFC Starting Lineup:
Michaud Barrett (GK), Davion Woodhouse, Jaron Richards, Dicoy Williams, Montrose Phinn, Richard Edwards (Captain), John-Ross Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn, Jermaine Hue, Kavin Bryan, Jahmali Spence.
Subs used: Andre Fagan (48th), Nicholas Beckitt(81st), Rafiek Thomas “(83rd), Romario Campbell, Fabian Campbell, Kimorlee Brissett (85th), Andre Steele (89th).

DPL Champions, Harbour View FC departs for International Friendly Game in Antigua against Barracuda FC 7:30pm on Sunday, May 30th. HVFC departure at 2:05pm Friday, on Caribbean Airlines Flight #415 to Antigua arriving ahead of their Sunday, Friendly international game against Barracuda FC, newly accepted expansion team, to compete in the United Soccer League Division 1 in the 2011 season in the USA.

Coach, Andrew “Bowa” Hines will assume duties as Head Coach, Donovan “DV” Hayles is overseas on family commitments.

 

 

 

 

Delegation for  Antigua.

ADMINISTRATION:
JUREIDINI, Clyde – Head of Delegation HINES, Andrew – Head Coach
AUSTIN, Carnel – (Equipment Manager) MALCOM,Jermaine
PLAYERS:
BARRETT Michaud FAGAN Andre
BECKETT Nicholas PHINN Montrose
BLACKBURN Marcelino RICHARDS Jaron
BRISSETT Kimarlee SPENCE Jahmali
BRYAN Kavin STEELE Andre
CAMPBELL Fabian THOMAS Rafeik
CAMPBELL Romario WILLIAMS Dicoy
EDWARDS John-Ross WOODHOUSE Davian
EDWARDS Richard HUE, Jermaine

Clyde Jureidini
General Manager
Harbour View Football Club.

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.”