The Prison Oval erupted in the second minute of play when Patrick Beech’s shot was parried into the path of Denzil Hyatt who shot goalwards for Leeroy Grey to once again block but not totally as the pace of the kick rested in the back of the net. Beech raced across the turf in jubilation quickly followed by his teammates as the crowd roared the prison shook and the discotheque bellowed chants of victory through songs.

Rivoli had sounded its warning of a battle cry, the lines are drawn and first blood shed.

Harbour View never read the script and so onward and forward they strove ever looking dangerous always sniffing around they opponents goalmouth with a chilling accuracy in possession but not yet climaxing the final product, goal. Dino Williams first kicked over the bar from 12 yards, followed by Fabian Taylor’s header hit the upright then McCreath pulling wide from close in. The pressure mounted and the robust tackling of the central defenders only delayed the inevitable as the resultant free-kicks from Jermaine Hue never hit the target until minute 22 when he curved a trademark left-footer from 23 yards hit the ‘pigeon-hole’, 1-1.

Ten minutes later Hue again stormed the penalty area to square to Donald Stewart who hit one-time into the far corner through the legs of a defender as it went wide of the goalkeeper.

2-1 as the second half begun but everyone awaited the final rites to be fulfilled as Fabian Taylor was yet to score on his former home-ground, he is in good form, hungry and competent. He obliged when Dino Williams square was headed into the far post but as Donald Stewart guided it over the line the referee ruled he used his hand to assist him as Donald protested he only achieved a caution for his troubles. Fabian returned soon thereafter to turn his defender and then slip it towards the far side of the goal away from the goalkeeper to close out the score sheet 3-1 around the 72nd minute.

The end of the second round had come and Harbour View once again lead the League on 43 points, second is Tivoli Gardens 42, Portmore 41, Waterhouse 39, Village 38 and Rivoli 36 round out the top six clubs.

The third round begins on Sunday February 1st with two rounds of six clubs each playing 5 games at home and away.

 


 

HARBOUR VIEW TRASHES STAR COSMOS BY 3-0 TO TAKEOVER THE PREMIERSHIP LEAD. 
Under 21 squad roars into the End of Second Round Finals with resounding 8-0 victory.

In a spirited performance at the Compound both junior and senior teams left homesters smiling as they danced and pranced around the disorganised Star Cosmos teams to takeover leadership positions in varied ways. Firstly leading the overall Premier League standings on 40 points, Leading the standings in the second round of the Under 21 with 17 points, then qualifying for those finals next Sunday, leading goalscorers in both divisions Fabian Taylor in the seniors with 17 goals and Kemar Petrekin in the juniors with 14 goals.

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UNDER 21:

Early in the day a purposeful Under 21 unit went about their chores with a plumb lead by Kemar Petrekin (1Oth minute) followed by Akeem Priestley (12th minute) then Michily Waul (29th minute) that left Harbour View with a comfortable 3-0 lead at the halftime.

The second half of the second half was a perfect replica of the first with Petrekin followed by Priestley followed by Waul to raise the 6-0 target against the second round group leaders before the start of the game. The third replica was tarnished only by the missed chance of Petrekin as both Priestley then Waul completed their hatricks as the polished off a classy performance with late goals in minutes 86 and 89 respectively.

We wish you all the best of luck in your End of Round Final next weekend against Arnett Gardens at Arnett Gardens.

PREMIER LEAGUE:

Recently embarassed by come from behind losses the ‘Stars of the East’ still smarting came to the game in an assertive tone dominated from early on as missed opportunities amounting to seven went abegging due to hasty shooting, bad selections and a well positioned goalkeeping halted the start of scoring until minute 44 when Jermaine Hue curled a trademark free-kick around the wall and into the far upright from 21 yards out.

Before that Leeroy Grey had to dive full length to his right to make a two handed save low down to a well struck but poorly placed penalty conceded when Lovell Palmer handled the ball on its way goalward.

The second half heralded the beginning of the end for Star Cosmos as goalgetter Fabian Taylor started by finishing off two more constructive moves by newly found midfielder Nicholas McCreath, who shaken right then left before darting straight and centre to his created path goalwards where he unleahesd a thunderous right-footer which was blocked but fell into the path of Taylor who struck with venom to score. This was followed by McCreath next stellar move to pass to Taylor and the later to oblige inside the far post in minute 75. The fat lady had sung as Jermaine Hue turned on the thrills with combinations with McCreath and Donald ‘Fouly’ Stewart to ease the tension towards the end.

Fabian Taylor was voted ‘Player of the Month’ for the month of December again after achieving the status in September 2003, Congratulations Fabian!!

This Wednesday January 21st HARBOUR VIEW PLAYS RIVOLI UNITED at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 3:00pm.

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A Fabian Taylor second half brace, shots him into the lead.

After outstanding goalkeeping by the Reno custodian in the first hour had kept the Harbour View marksmen at bay the determined attackers were bent on overcoming the drought of not getting maximum points and even moreso the bitter disappointment of the Village United debacle on their most recent home game some two weeks ago.

The newly acquired habit of leading then crumbling was pleasingly absent today after a three-man midfield combination including Jermaine Hue and Donald Stewart before releasing the fleet-footed Nicholas McCreath pass his marker down the right side of the penalty area while turning inside a pinpoint square that was gleefully met with aplumb by Taylors’ header some 8 yards out to break the deadlock after 76 minutes, much to the delight of the crowd.

The celebrations had hardly died down when McCreath was again swinging by a defender into the now fruitful right-sided channel before picking out his strike partner Fabian Taylor at the near post this time his deflected right-footer glanced by the wall of defenders to score his fifteenth of the season and re-establishes him as the number one hitman once again. He buried the memory of being strechered of last Sunday by a Ian Goodison right-handed punch that went unpunished, not so today as he unleashed his anger on the next available opponent. Somehow you get the feeling that many more is going to suffer and many more will have to die, as Taylor demonstrates his class for all to see.

The newly acquired transfer of Gregg Gardner the former Constant Spring goalscorer added much needed punch to the frontline as Nicholas McCreath established himself as a competent midfielder and so too we must commend Dino Williams on his outstanding second half display from the right back position that showed a lot of high quality football in both defence and attack.

HARBOUR VIEW UNDER 21 TEAM TROUNCE HAPLESS RENO 5-0, TO REMAIN ON TARGET FOR A END OF 2nd ROUND PLACE IF WE DEFEAT STAR COSMOS NEXT SUNDAY.

Another goal by Kemar Petrekin pushes his tally to 13 and keeps him atop the goalscoring chart in that division, while a 9th minute 20 yard left-footed volley from 16 year old Anthony Christie and a 22nd minute goal from left back Kevin Woolery helped ‘The Stars of the East’ to a 3-0 lead at the halftime.

Goals from Andre ‘Antsman’ Whyte and defender Theodore Washington sealed the issue late in the game after two Reno players were red carded. Next Sunday Harbour View takes on Star Cosmos as both the Under 21’s and Premier League teams hunt valuable points at home.

Tivoli Gardens overpowers opponents in second half blitz.

Fabian Taylor’s early (7th minute) strike was cancelled out by two second half stunners from Christopher Nicholas after he entered the frey to convert immediately from the penalty spot in minute 55 then a controlled finish eight minutes later from the top of the box to seal a victory that was marred by poor officiating as the Tivoli team was clearly instructed to be as brutal as possible in order to secure a victory.

The Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison straight right punch to the jaw of Fabian Taylor had him stretchered off after fifteen minutes without any word, let alone action from the incompetent officials, this was followed up by continuous fouls on Jermaine Hue who was spared only by the inability of the offender Marvin Morgan as he eventually hurt himself in his last desperate attempt in tumbling over Hue when pushing him off the field infront of his own bench and for his final effort he belatedly received a yellow card in minute 73. 18 year old Luton Shelton was targeted by hitmen all afternoon and was finally injured in minute 78 when he tried to score from a melee being kicked after the whistle was blown, again no action against the offender but a yellow card shown to Shelton for stepping, he now misses the Jamaica’s Olympic Squad two match tour of Fort Lauderdale with a swollen knee. The medical staff hands were filled to capacity with a hamstring injury to Sean Fraser and bruising to young Lovell Palmer.

In the end a competitive game (2-1) spoilt by referee Raymond Pyne.

 


VILLAGE UNITED UPSET LEADERS HARBOUR VIEW BY 3-2 AT HOME.

invaders2A goalscoring blitz of three goals within eight minutes left the overall league leaders Harbour View wondering what went wrong as the three substitutes for Village left their mark on the proceedings that had Harbour View clearly in front by 2-0 after eighty minutes in the game.

Was it the change of captain Jermaine Hue, the three replacing attackers for Harbour View not making as much of an impact as their opponents substitution (I hardly think so), or maybe the obvious defensive lapses that has plagued the team from time to time over the last few seasons, well whatever the coaching staff unearths later, will not soothe the horrow of defeat inflicted on all Harbour View well wishers worldwide Sunday afternoon as the New Year approaches the resolution that such a spectacle would never repeat itself ever.

The Village United team exhibited fitness and good teamplay in the initial stages of the game but thesmooth passing game of Harbour View soon took over leading to Craig Stewart rounding a defender to slot inside for Jomo Gordon to hit goalwards at the near post but custodian Earle again was equal to the task. The corner that followed was side-footed in by Luton Shelton after 37 minutes. Then after being provider in the first Craig Stewart returned to score after his 20 yard spot kick went in when deflected of the head of a defender in the wall at the 76th minute.invaders1

Then the game changed – both teams made three attacking changes quickly, Harbour View continued to miss at least six simple goals while Village putting extra players forward in search of a goal that eventually came from Gregory Simpson who headed home from a right sided square. With eight more minutes remaining in the game Village continued to double-team the flank and the parry from goalkeeper Grey was met by another lurking midfielder Ian McAnuff who slammed home twice in minutes 88 and 90 from similar plays as Village United celebrated the victory Harbour View looked in a daze after surrendering valuable points, the game and the leadership of the Premier League as the New Year comes around.

 

HARBOUR VIEW OVERTURNS ARNETT GARDENS 3-2, TO STAY ON TOP AS THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ARRIVES !!

A Hatrick of goals by Fabian Taylor was a perfect Christmas present for the long-suffering fans.

When the third goal was scored in the 63rd minute Fabian Taylor must have felt a relieved man as he celebrated his first hatrick of the season, but the Harbour View fans joy would herald a rare victory over recent nemises Arnett Gardens just days ahead of the yuletide season and oh,oh,oh what a Merry Christmas it was.

Top of the table jointly with Waterhouse on 34 points, joint third place in the second round with 10 points and getting our second victory of the round while remaining the only undefeated team in this round, made it all the more reason to celebrate.

The game was a very evenly contested one throughout as both teams seeked the early goal it was the intensity of Robert Scarlett’s run down the left flank after being released by Jermaine Hue that set up a pinpoint square for the lounging header from Fabian Taylor to find its mark as it crept agonisingly inside of the far post after 18th minute.

The fleet-footed Jonathan Williams quickly shunted a pass to the nimble Kwame Richardson to repeat his goalscoring feat of the first game this was soon followed by the veteran Denton Shedden latching onto a Keith Kelly slider to register the second eight minutes before halftime for a 2-1 lead to Arnett at the break.

The second half was all about the class of Fabian Taylor.

With just six minutes on the clock he muffed what seemed a simple chance to level the score when Scarlett’s bullet like square hit him after flashing by his marking defender to be parried for a left-sided corner kick by goalkeeper Selvyn Collins. The resulting kick defelcted from a bunch of defenders to the unmarked marksman at the far post as he obliged by ramming home a thunderous drive from 12 yards into the back of the net.

Five minutes later he popped up again, this time out jumping the sweeper to nod home another Scarlett square out of the reach of Collins to his far post to win the memorable game by 3-2.

Then seemingly distracted by the constant indecision of the referee he firstly in his role of captain questioned the assistants’ call for a foul committed two yards from him then a minute later was again cautioned for what seemed a harmless tackle at the centre of the field. As he departed so too the game subsided in interest as Harbour View closed down its attacks and prevented any serious attacks by the now deflated Arnett Gardens team.

The availability of many national players on both sides for reigning Premier League Champions Portmore United and Federation Knockout Champions Harbour View never produced goals but did give the fair sized crowd a lot of quality football to watch as the Christmas season approaches. Visiting Harbour View residents from the USA graced our presence with the likes of Damani Ralph the “MLS Rookie of the Year” Wolde Harris of the Kansas City Wizards who finished fourth in the League and the energetic twin sister of coach Donovan Hayles, Lisa, her husband Bill and son Craig, Western Sports owner Carl Chang also made a rare appearance – all the best for the season.

Stand-in Harbour View Captain always threatened to score from early on as he circled the Portmore penalty area like a predator seeking his prey. His rasping 18 yard drive was excellently handled by the ever competent Shawn Sawyers in goal who tipped it over the crossbar for a corner, the resulting Jermaine Hue was met by the diving header from Lovell Palmer but deflected off a defender for the first of two more corner kicks that was scrambled out of the danger area. Fabian shot wide of the mark when his one-timer from a Conrad Hunte square was miscued from the left side of the box 15 yards out.

The lead role of former Premier League record goalscorer Oniel McDonald made little impact as he and his teammates fired speculate shots only from the midfield area seemingly with measured confidence that never troubled A half chance by the towering centre forward Dwayne Peters drifted wide as sweeper William Richards tried to play him offside on top of the box.

The first half ended much like the pattern of the game throughout with good midfield play by both teams both countered by defensive alertness marshalled the custodians Leeroy Grey and Shawn Sawyers. However the habit of stopping the ground advances of the Harbour View playmakers by way of fouls brought out the yellow card distribution of FIFA Referee Hughill Thompson once too often as he issued a Red Card to Jermaine Benjamin in minute 78 for a foul on young Conrad Hunte just about the halfline. The fouls produced many freekicks from Jermaine Hue just outside the area but defensive wall was more successful at blocking than was the kicks threatening save for one beauty the shaved the outside of the far upright. His best effort from 17 yards out was hit straight at the head of Sawyers who was quite pleased to parry over the bar for one of five corners throughout the game.

The full slate of chances failed to alter the scoreline as the intense football tactics ruled over individual brilliance both teams left without losing a though not wanting to admit it would feel satisfied as they look forward to the next round of games.

The Under 21 game ended with Portmore United winning by 2-1 as a double by Shawn Tavares bettered the solo effort of league leading goalscorer Kemar Petrekin.

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In a game that seemed a true reflection of its scoreline.

The revenge to be executed on the part of Seba was not to be realised as the strikers wasted three clear opportunities in the second half to take all three points from top of the table team Harbour View at the Jarrett Park venue in front of a very small home crowd.

Harbour View looked very flat as they strolled around the park seemingly unruffled by the threats of the Seba attackers while not breaking a heavy sweat in trying to wear down the opponents defence.

Coach Donovan Hayles was not amused with the inefficiency of his team both in defence and attack, remarking to the press that his team was fortunate to come away with a point thanks largely to custodian Leeroy Grey.

HARBOUR VIEW UNDER 21 Team set to get all three points as ejected Seba player is arrested by a police officer after his boisterous behaviour.

Harbour View lead the game 1-0 after 65 minutes when the referee signalled the end of the game as only 5 players remained on the field. The other members of the Seba squad followed the police vehicle as it carried away the offending player to the police station.

 

ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 14th AT THE HARBOUR VIEW STADIUM DEFENDING FEDERATION CUP CHAMPIONS HARBOUR VIEW PLAYS AGAINST PORTMORE UNITED THE DEFENDING PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

A more single-minded team unit finally remembered what it takes to gain three points as a plucky performance at home was a breath of fresh air to the Harbour View supporters which included World Class athletes Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales and the gorgeous Bridgette Foster big sister to homeboy Lovell Palmer.

Loyal fans remained for a hour or more after the game still savouring the thought of being back again on top of the Premier League table, in addition to the atmosphere of excellence that permeated the grounds as ’the real’ gold and blue team turned up today to correct the anomally left behind from the end-of-first-round finals when waterhouse lifted the coveted crown for the title plus $150,000 and an enormous measure of pride.

Fabian Taylor looked sharpest at the start with telling runs goalwards resulting in a fierce grounder slamming at the base of the right upright with goalkeeper Loxely Ried well beaten plus two headers flashing wide of the mark from out jumping defenders around the penalty spot. Jermaine Hue’s two leftfooted drives were well handled by the experienced Ried while Clifton Waugh’s 40 yards diagonal pass to the left corner flag attracted the attention of Robert Scarlett whose designed square evaded the out-stretched efforts of attackers, defenders and the goalkeeper alike for the alert overlapping Donald Stewart to slam home from 10 yards beyond the far post. Harbour View up 1-0.

The 36th minute celebration seamed to have a victorious statement attached to it.

Waterhouse attacking plays centered around Nigerian Ucheckuwu Chinyere, Irvino English and Damion Powell counter-attacking if and when he wins the ball from his man marked hit-man Jermaine Hue. The efficient Baris Johnson coordinated defensive and early attacking combinations at the back but the dynamic team plays displayed in the first round was noticebly absent today. The half ended 1-0.

Waterhouse came alive as the ends changed, searching tentatively for a goal that had eluded them thus far only to realise Harbour View was more intent on increasing the lead.

It came only nine minutes into the half when a Fabian Taylor shot was charged down by the central defender but as it bounced Jomo Gordon pounced on it to drive home from seven yards much to the seemingly surprise of custodian Loxely Ried to cast an air of invincibility to ‘The View’ on the day. A block on the goalline by William Richards, fine saves from Leeroy Grey and stout-hearted defending by Palmer, Stewart, Waugh alongside Richards and completed by the energetic midfielder Conrad Hunt.

Supersub Nicholas McCreath made his entrance immediately soliciting a marker who struggled helplessly to contain him even when fouling him before he passed to Taylor to slot home from six yards only to be ruled offside. The game pattern remained unchanged throughout with Harbour View dominating possession and Waterhouse competing through long searching dribbles upfield combined with simple passes aimed increasingly at Chinyere who got maximum rotational attention from Waugh, Richards, Harvey and Grey in goal.

That plan worked well throughout as Harbour View resorted to a stay behind-the-ball strategy that frustrated the opponents while Akeem Priestly and Dino Williams replaced

Conrad Hint and Robert Scarlett adding attacking punch to the weary team unit who were now staring defeat squarely in the face and accepting it after 90 minutes.

Harbour View 2 Waterhouse 0.

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In an unattractive display of inconsistent football Harbour View again produced a below par first half performance against the maturing Invaders of Trelawny at the Compound this afternoon.

The result means that Harbour View has only scored one victory in their last six games when they played to a 4-2 win over Rivoli United. A record that reads as follows:

  • 0-1 versus Reno
  • 0-0 versus Star Cosmos
  • 4-2 versus Rivoli
  • 1-2 versus Waterhouse
  • 2-2 versus Constant Spring
  • 1-1 versus Invaders

The results reflect a current slump in form that has garnered only 6 points from the possible 18 points, 8 goals for and 8 goals against, twice we have not scored, twice we have scored only once, twice we have scored more than two goals, once have we not conceded a goal, twice we have conceded one goal,three times we have conceded two goals , Robert Scarlett has scored once,Lovell Palmer and Jermaine Hue has scored twice and Fabian Taylor has scored three times.

A first half that created very little excitement was punctuated by a 36th minute tap home on the line by an unchallenged Livingston Williams who benefited from a free header at the back post resulting from an indirect free-kick. The half ended Invaders 1-0.

A totally different Harbour View came out in the second half with a sense of urgency that signalled they came to play as Invaders packed their defence with six players and looked for the occasional counter-attack through ace forward Thomas Grant who gave the defenders a torrid time all afternoon with his blistering pace and shots on the run.

Coordination was smooth in midfield and flowing upfront, it peaked with the introduction of Conrad Hunt, Nicholas McCreath’s return and Kemar Petrekin was added culminating in a passing combination of Jermaine Hue finding McCreath whose shot goalward was blocked at the far post by custodian Richard McCallum for Fabian Taylor once again to follow through and score his ninth of the season.

The disappointed group of supporters filed out of the gates as they pondered the next game performance on the weekend against league leaders Waterhouse.

HARBOUR VIEW AND CONSTANT SPRING PLAY OUT A 2-2 STALEMATE!!

On a damp and bumpy surface two ball -playing teams struggled to perform anywhere near their true potential game levels as combative midfield play dominated a gripping contest that produced four well taken goals.

The first ten minutes of the game belonged to the more assertive Constant Spring team that threw at least seven players into an attacking foray chanelled down the right flank in an obvious ploy to keep Robert Scarlett’s focus on defence and possibly force the youthful team into errors. The game plan worked but the final execution was poorly lacking on no fewer than four occasions early on as “The View” seemed resting on the blitz of the last round and as ardent fan Ossie “D’ remarked “ the Harbour View team is on it’s way from Half Way Tree to the game and hopefully would turn up for the second half” his lifelong friend and regular return visitor to Jamaica Cornel “Biggs” Delisser chuckled a bit embarrassed by the flimsy display while wondering if he was the ‘bad card’. This was not the team he had heard so much about and it was not.

Hit by injuries to many senior players Damion Stewart, Daniel Shaw and Jermaine Hue plus both Christopher Harvey and Luton Shelton absent away in Guatamala in the Olympic qualifier maens the new starting eleven was boosting five new players of which the midfield facing Constant Spring was again heavily dependent on youthful skills with very little experience but a heart of gold mixed with a heavy dose of commitment and motivation. Lovell Palmer rose majestically to head home a pass from Jomo Gordon at the far post when he had won a deflected header from Akeem Priestley’s corner kick to assume the lead midway the first half. The half ended 1-0.

In almost a duplicate of the first goal the deflected ball from a corner fell on the quite able right boot of Nicholas McMorris about the penalty spot for him to hammer home for the equaliser. With the entry of the injured Jermaine Hue after the sixty eight minute the coordination followed soon thereafter between Robert Scarlett and himself midway the opponents half as the rotation slipped the Constant Spring marker for Jermaine to advance towards the penalty area unopposed to deliver a telling bomb that had to be released from the grasp of goalkeeper Leighton Murray for the alert Fabian Taylor to tuck it home from 6 yards for his eight goal of the season ( second overall) re-establishing the Harbour View lead.

There was to be one more twist of fate in the ninetieth minute as the more than capable experienced defence allowed the quality of Markino Gillings to outfox them by slipping by Donald Stewart to get a clear shot at goal and piercing Leeroy Grey’s goal to again equalise at the death.

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By virtue of this draw Harbour View and Waterhouse are level on 25 points at the top of the Premier League table. Waterhouse seemingly also dosing, lost 0-3 to Rivoli United.

ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27th AT 3:00 pm HARBOUR VIEW TAKES ONINVADERS F.C. OF TRELAWNY AT THE COMPOUND

WATERHOUSE OUTSHOT HARBOUR VIEW BY 2-1 IN THE FIRST END OF ROUND FINALS

The hard running centre forward Uchewe Chinereye made all the difference at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex this afternoon as his third minute strike was enough to put the determined “Stars of the East” on the backfoot early.

Try as they might it was not enough to plough their way back from another early strike after just eight minutes into the second half from the leagues’ leading goalgetter Kevin Lamey who accepted a most fortunate gift of a deflection from a right-sided square that fell at his feet before the surge of goalkeeper Leon Gordon could shut it down.

Waterhouse 2 Harbour View 0.

The fight, effort and slick ball movement of the Harbour View aggregation was thwarted in the first half by aggressive tackling by the Waterhouse team from the start as three blatant fouls were committed in the first two minutes before a pass from midfield was chased by the lanky Nigerian as he outsped Christopher Harvey to the left of the penalty area before eluding Gordon in goal by slipping it inside his near post for the first blood. Newly invited National midfielder Jermaine Hue orchestrated the moves assisted by Robert Scarlett, Fabian Taylor and sprints from Luton Shelton but dominance was slow to become penetration. As the half ended Waterhouse responded with the consistent runs down the right flank with Chineyre the target and the motivator as national defender Damion Stewart had his hands full.

The second half saw a reshaped Harbour View unit takeover the game with more coordination that clearly unsettled their opponents but yet again the penetration came long after when a snap shot 32 yards out from young Lovell Palmer rippled the back of the net to the surprise of the packed crowd. Two minutes later a four man move found Taylor at the top of the box who slipped it left for Scarlett but his feeble shot trickled wide of the far post with Loxely Reid beaten. A minute later a diagonal pass from William Richards found the head of Palmer infront of goalkeeper Reid only to see his header slide past the upright, somehow it seemed the game had slip by with the effort and so it remained to the end save for one moment of high drama in the 90th minute.

With the clock ticking away a last gasp effort from Harbour View was to pick out Scarlett inside the area amongst four defenders as he turned sweetly goalwards he was tripped as Waterhouse scrambled the ball away. Fabian Taylor rushed the referee and all eleven players vehemently demanded a penalty but Howard Stennett said play on much to the disappointment of the supporters, players and management staff as a good game stumbled to a rather frustrating end.

Congratulations Waterhouse as the End of First Round Champions

PORTMORE UNITED DEFEATS RENO BY 5-2 IN THE JFF UNDER 21 FINALS.

Addison Parks’ poor field condition was the most memorable aspect of a game that vaguely resembled football as the disappointed league leaders dragged themselves away from the picturesque hilltop town with only a point to show.

The rainy season made a perfect mess of a surface that was never ever going to lend itself to a good game of football because of its unevenly prepared nature based on a muddy texture of clay highlighted by a unplayable cricket pitch smack dab in the middle of it.

The newly upgraded complex was pleasantly beautified by the wide range of people that assembled keen on enjoying their new found Premier League status while crowding the hills above the grounds they shouted, danced and cheered gleefully at every half chance imaginable but unfortunately the attackers did not possess the ability to score.

Harbour View played without enthusiasm in trying to contain them, stayed out of trouble and sort to score occassionally while avoiding injuries. Those efforts goalwards was handled most times on the second attempt by the custodian who relished the damp conditions.

With 20 points we still lead the League with a game in hand against Reno rescheduled for next Tuesday November 4th at Reno, closely followed by Waterhouse and Portmore United (formerly Hazard) on 19 points, Tivoli Gardens on 18 and Village United on 16 points round of the top five places. The final round of games will take place this Sunday.

Fabian Taylor’s early strike after four minutes set the pace for his strike partner Luton Shelton to increase the first half lead to 2-0 when he ran onto yet another Jermaine Hue excellently weighted through pass to steer his left-footer wide of the advancing Edsel Scott in the Tivoli goal. With 27 minutes on the clock and counting the West Kingston unit looked a troubled bunch but was let of the hook when Fabian Taylor one-on-one was parried wide by Scott, then a similar play repeated itself with Shelton shooting wide.

Slowly each attacking move by Tivoli came closer and closer as Roland Deans’ header beat Leon Gordon to hit the upright and then the cool William Richards dribbled nonchalantly out of danger to the annoyance of the Tangerine and Black massive that had assembled.

Fabian Davis’s freekick was expertly handled by Gordon as he brought leadership to his team assisted by good runs down the left from Christopher Jackson and genuine hardwork mixed with skill from Marvin Morgan in midfield but the Harbour View defensive unit stood firm.

The second half arrived after the intermission bubbled with the performance of the now popular ‘Harbour View Cheerleaders’ as they danced and pranced to disco and reggae music. The Harbour View Primary School Grade 3 gave a most heart-warming rendition to celebrate Heroes Week under the guidance of their teacher. The major upheaval was yet to come as Christopher Nicholas made his grand entrance onto the field around the hour mark and he soon outfoxed the clever defence to score from an acute angle in the 73rd minute. As Hue was stretchered off injured, Daniel Shaw was relieved of his duties after suffering from the flu all week and Richards substituted for Sean Fraser all meant the senior midfielders were replaced by less experienced players when Tivoli was on the ascendency.

Harbour View repeated their mistakes in the first half when Taylor, then Hue and then substitute Fraser all beat the defensive offside trap but failed to beat the onrushing Scott.

Tivoli attacked and Harbour View held firm until FIFA Referee signalled the end of the game with Harbour View extending their lead to 19 points 4 more points than second placed Waterhouse who drew 1-1 with defending champions Portmore United (formerly

Hazard United) fourth on 13 points one behind Village United with 14 points in third spot.

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Left: Harbour View Primary students Grade 3 
Right: HVFC Cheerleaders

YOUNG GUNS COME UP FIRING EARLY! 
Lovel Palmer, Christopher Harvey,Conrad Hunt, Luton Shelton and Sean Fraser.

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Harbour View’s young players are having a good run initially at the start of the league while coordinating with the more established stalwarts lead by Captain Damion Stewart, Leeroy Grey, Clifton Waugh, William Richards, Robert Scarlett, Jermaine Hue, Daniel Shaw and Fabian Taylor.

With the likes of Nathan Wyatt, Kemar Petrekin, Michly Waul, Don Reece Edwards and Akeem Priestly also below the age of 20 years, willing and able lookout for the next generation of all these ten young players growing up in the big league.

10-MAN HARBOUR VIEW SPIRITS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, TO OVERRUN VILLAGE BY 2-0 IN RAINY CONDITIONS IN TRELAWNY

The old spirit of the team came flowing back under adverse conditions at the Trelawny based Elleston Wakeland Centre in the top-of-the-table clash against Village United who had pledged to register their first home victory for the season.

In joint second position on 11 points, at the start of the seventh set of games in Round One the red hot ‘Village’ aggregation took the challenge to ‘The View’ in the early stages bent on scoring the first goal following their impressive result against Arnett Gardens in the previous game when they waltzed away 2-0 winners.

A different day a different way.

18 year old American forward Warren Ukah who was on pre-season trial with Harbour View trusted forward down the right flank and squared to leading marksman Teofore Bennett but his strike under pressure flew high over the crossbar. Bennett popped up again this time on the right to elude goalkeeper Leeroy Grey and shot goalwards for the recovering Captain Damion Stewart to block on the goal-line and clear upfield to safety.

While the alert looking Harbour View defence weathered the storm in midfield readjusted their shape to battle for the supremacy in possession and finally got it with precision passing that slowed the pace and inflicted the punishment of ball chasing around the largest pitch area in the league. The possession converted into attack and after a 17 pass combination Fabian Taylor was the last man standing free 14 yards to the right of the box but his powerhouse drive sailed wide of the target, much to the relief of the home crowd. Luton Shelton broke away twice on the flanks but he never ‘pulled the trigger’ in so releasing the pressure that had steadily built after the more defensive stance in the first fifteen minutes.

Then in 37th minute a bad distribution low down the centre of the field from goalkeeper Grey lead to a quick shunt to Ukah who broke freely towards the penalty area and was met full force by the body slam of 6 feet 3 inches 200 pounds of speeding goalkeeper Grey. A sudden stop, an on the spot FIFA referee, meant an immediate dismissal for the last man in defence, Grey, must go to have an early shower hence Daniel Shaw is sacrificed for goalkeeper Leon Gordon to face an immediate freekick just outside the area. The pressure is released as National Invitee Shawn Crawford fires high and wide.

Harbour View reassumes the midfield dominance through passing by bringing Luton Shelton back and right side while leaving Fabian Taylor as the lonely forward.

HALFTIME HARBOUR VIEW 0 – VILLAGE 0

A break of time, taught and objectives meant that new strategies could be employed but the real game would be played around the newest game element that of the pouring rain that suddenly descended on the proceedings. The more aware Harbour View players started the passing game once more across the vast terrain that seemed to hypnotise the watchful ‘Villagers’ who followed the moving ball willingly until the decisive final pass was executed around the penalty area when they tackled. One such indiscretion caused Jermaine Hue to find the towering Damion Stewart at the far left-side of the goal to head back to the right and score his first goal of the season in minute 48 and raced away in ecstacy to be chased by his teammates. Harbour View 1 Village United 0.

The heavens opened and down came the rain in torrents as Village ploughed forward uncertain of exactly how to penetrate the heavily manned Harbour View half now resembling a fortress with all hands on deck locked, ready and willing to battle for dear life reinforced with a strong mind, heart and the will to succeed. With the senior players Stewart, Gordon and Waugh standing their ground in defence in coordination with the zealous Christopher Harvey, William Richards stood firm in guiding young Turks Lovell Palmer and Luton Shelton to man mark, while Jermaine Hue marshalled possession in attacking midfield in concert with the brilliance of Robert Scarlett who terrorised the entire left flank surging forward and backward at top speed. Fabian Taylor waited patiently forward as he kept ball possession to invite other players to join him in forward positions or drawing fouls from the frustrated defenders until Luton Shelton’s forward run down the right produced a telling pass to make him turn his marking centre half and slide it wide of the diving goalkeeper to put the game beyond the reach of the opponents in minute 78.

The rain stopped soon after but the spirit of the team soared to new heights as they seemed to see the light at the end of the Round Final approaching (with 4 games left) if they can keep the form, spirit and renewed focus.

Harbour View leads the standings on 16 points over Waterhouse on 14 points, Portmore United (Formerly Hazard United) and Tivoli on 12.

HARBOUR VIEW TRAVELS TO FROM IN WESTMORELAND TO PLAY RENO WHO HAD DEFEATED ARNETT GARDENS AT HOME THIS AFTERNOON BY 2-1. THE UNDER 21 GAMES RESUME AT 3:30PM.

 

 

10-15pic_01Clifton Waugh had hammered a scorching Penalty into the back of the net for his first goal of the season, following Oniel Dunn’s fierce tackle on the speedy Robert Scarlett in minute 12 released from another Jermaine Hue pass.

As Arnett Gardens took over the initiative in midfield in search of an equaliser a defensive mix up left Kwame Richardson free alone if front of goalkeeper Leeroy Grey to toe-poke home from 15 yards as the ball ran agonisingly slowly across the goaline to save Arnett further blushes.

Then the urgency returned soon after as again the dominant Harbour View team reassumed the positive stance to take the game to its opponents. Possession converted to attacks easily but attack did not have that extra edge this afternoon as incomplete final passes hurt the promising ploys conjured up by “Coach of the Month” Donovan Hayles.

A steady diet of bad pass selections, miss cued squares and hesitant shooting robbed the team of apossible three points at home in front of a larger than normal midweek 3:30pm game crowd who had assembled to witness another epic battle between the two great gladiators of the Premier League. Luton Shelton danced by two defenders before hitting custodian Julian McKliesh, he would be targetted by Fabian Taylor, Lovel Palmer and again by Daniel Shaw twice all at the near post and then with two minutes to go the slick buildup on the left was floated far side for the overlapping Sean Fraser who shot from an acute angle instead of across goal to an unmarked Jomo Gordon. It was the the story of the game as the tensely contested game ended equal.

Arnett also had their moments as a thunderous right footer from Garth Bootha hit from 32 yards rang against the crossbar onto the line and back into play to be cleared as well as Keith Kelly’s drive from distance tipped away by Grey.

In the end Harbour View remained on top with 13 points and Arnett in mid-table on 8 points.

ON SUNDAY HARBOUR VIEW TRAVELS TO TRELAWNY AGAIN THIS TIME TO TACKLE THIRD PLACED VILLAGE UNITED. THE UNDER 21 TEAM WILL RESUME COMPETITION AT 1:00PM
DAMANI RALPH SCORES AGAIN TO WIN LAMAR HUNT CUP!

Congrats Damani for scoring the match winner in the 78th minute from a low square on the right which he met with a firm right that sizzled passed the ear of the goalkeeper to win the longest running league trophy in the history of American soccer – the Lamar Hunt Knockout Cup.

He and his Jamaican team-mate Andy Williams who came on as a substitute made their mark and celebrated with gold Medals presented along with the crystal vase embellished with the League logo immediately following the game.

The Harbour View Football Club Salutes you and your Family in your most Memorable moment, now go for the main prize and as always – Happy Hunting!

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Christopher Harvey, Luton Shelton in Olympic Qualifiers versus Cuba. Our two youngsters parade their skills at the Tony Spaulding Complex, Sunday October 12th.

 

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The biggest game in Jamaica’s Football History sees the Reggae Boyz against the World Cup Champions at Leceister in England on Sunday October 12th, 2003.

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Damani Ralph Scores 11th goal …called to play against Brazil !

He registered his 11th goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-0 win, in the 58th minute that now moves the record upward. To make his point more emphatic he has scored another goal to win the semifinals in the Lamar Hunt Cup. Happy hunting Damani.

 

Keith Kelly rights to be returned to Harbour View FC from French Paris St. Germain…

The long awaited decision of the JFF was handed down after research with the French and Belgium Football Associations revealed that Harbour View is the rightful owners of Keith Kelly and will persue all aspects of the matters outstanding with Paris St. Germain of France and Belgium Reac Mons as to all related compensation. Harbour View has agreed to loan the player to Arnett Gardens for this season.

HARBOUR VIEW DEFEATS PORTMORE UNITED BY 1-0 IN A KEENLY CONTESTED AFFAIR TO TAKEOVER SOLE LEADERSHIP OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE !
Striker Jomo Gordon notches his first as a substitute.

He toiled feverishly without reward last Sunday against Seba United at the Compound and left the field a bit dejected after not being able to join his four teammates on the score sheet. Not to be outdone he watched the game replay on television seeking answers to his many probing questions ever searching the deepest recesses of his goalscorers mind to come up with the right stuff.

As if like magic, his determination to follow his lead strikers’ shot goalwards resulted in an easy tap in after 76 minutes. The uneven surface forced a competent goalkeeper in Shaun Sawyers to fumble a difficult drive from Fabian Taylor who had shaken off a rough tackle from his marker just outside the box to the right, he turned inside firing on the run with his lethal left foot into the neck of the custodian who had been clean all afternoon on a bumpy pitch.

Coach Lennie Hyde must feel hard done as both teams gave of their best physically under demanding conditions of the scorching sun. An uneven hard surface, a fierce pace for ninety minutes left international players on both sides obviously spent forces.

A tactical chess-game boggled the mind of spectators with see-saw defence, possession, attacks and counter-attacks blocked by good goalkeepers who displayed excellent positioning punctuated with fine ball-handling against the league leading finishers who between them racked up some 62 goals all toll last season. Reon Nelson record breaking 31, accompanied by the active partner in Andrew Morrison plus new acquisition and former record holder Oniel ‘Chippy’ McDonald (26) could not dent the powerful defence of Captain Damion ‘Stewpeas’ Stewart, Clifton Waugh, sweeper young National Under 23 representative Christopher ‘Jamel’ Harvey, 19 year old Lovell Palmer and the focussed Robert Scarlett with the experienced William ‘Gary’ Richards returning from injury for his first game of the season.

It could be easily mistaken for a caribbean international as stars of the islands glistened with Grenadian Anthony Modeste pulling the strings from deep midfield while wearing the Captains’ armband with the authority while Jermaine Hue flickered on and off in spurts as Tactician Donovan Hayles new 3-5-2 formation though offbeat with the absence of 19 year old Conrad Hunt stuck to its guns as they worked hard to wrestle the game away from the reigning Premier League Champions finally deliver the deadly blow in the last quarter inflicting on them the first defeat on the year.

Rivoli United remains the only undefeated team in the competition after playing to a 2-2 draw away to Invaders in Trelawny.

In the Under 21 game Champions Portmore United won by 1-0.

THE LEAGUE BREAKS FOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES AGAINST WORLD CHAMPIONS BRASIL NEXT SUNDAY OCTOBER 12th IN LONDON PLUS OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS AGAINST CUBA IN JAMAICA, THE FIRST GAME IN CUBA ENDED 1-1.
HARBOUR VIEW PLAYS ARNETT GARDENS AT HARBOUR VIEW ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15th.

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