An early season top of the table clash between two of the four only remaining undefeated clubs in the Premier League, ended the Reno fairytale run after three rounds on a muddy surface heavily supported by a large crowd.
When Loxely Thomas drove manfully into the soggy Reno penalty area before slidding home a grounder inside the near post just before the first half ended, it signalled the leadership of the new look Harbour View aggregation would remain intact not just of that game but the league with three consecutive victories on nine points.
Omar Dallas capitalized for Reno after just 8 minutes of all out attacks to lead when Leighton Murray fumbled an Andre Jarrett shot onto the crossbar.
The ball then fell invitingly to the foot of Dallas from 5 yards to tap into an open goal.
Captain Lovel Palmer equalized after 17 minutes. When the corner was headed on beyond the far post by Palmer as King chased he was pulled to the ground by goalkeeper Kenrick Blair. Referee Victor Stewart obliged by pointing to the penalty spot.
In minute 43, Nicholas Dodd’s pass down the right flanked was chased and robbed from the Reno defender by the industrious Kevin King to cross to Thomas to score and win the game.
A playing surface not best equipped for any game being drenched by continuous pre game showers only made a tough game more difficult but the commitment shown by Harbour View players was enough to hold off the challenge of a spirited Reno team. Counter attacking in spurts provided forwards Luton Shelton, Kevin King and Leon Strickland all with good shots on goals that brought out fine saves from Blair periodically.
Next Sunday, September 25, 2005 Harbour View hosts the only other undefeated Club in the League, Champions Portmore United at home at 6:30pm.
GK : Leighton Murray,
Defence: Nicholas Dodd, Jermaine Taylor, Alex Thomas, Orville Campbell,
Midfield: Loxely Thomas, Richard Edwards, Lovel Palmer, Marcelino Blackburn
Forwards: Luton Shelton, Kevin King.
William Richards, Sean Mason, Leon Strickland.
Not used: Ondino Griffiths, Dennis Clayton (Gk), Kemar Petrekin, Marlon Dixon.
Reno’s Odeane Johnson and Harbour View’s Kevin King were ejected from the game in 81st minute.
The 36th minute opener from “Captain Corageous” Lovel Palmer got the scoreboard ticking but it quickly stopped the forward thrust by a sleek looking Constant Spring aggregation at the Compound.
The 36th minute strike from a glancing header re-directed after diminutive right back Nicholas Dodd’s free-kick was met 13 yards from the near post before lodging in the far corner.
The opening foray say Luton Shelton streak away from defenders as Loxely Thomases 35 yard searching pass find its mark before Shelton beat everyone then kicked high. Seven minutes earlier he combined well with King but was thwarted by goalkeeper Kirk Williams.
It was centre-forward Kevin King who started hungriest with three telling moves down the right flank before unleashing torrid drives goalwards to put the custodian and defenders under siege from the third minute of play.
Midfield battles ensued all night in waves from both sides as an intriguing tussle saw Constant Spring more creative but Harbour View more resilient plus counter attacking that promised much but failed to deliver the final blow.
In the end a fair result from two remodelled units that kept the fair sized crowd entertained throughout.
On Sunday, September 17th, we again travel to the western end of the island to Reno in Westmoreland at 3:30pm.
GK : Leighton Murray,
Defence: Nicholas Dodd, Jermaine Taylor, Alex Thomas, Orville Campbell,
Midfield: Loxely Thomas, Richard Edwards, Lovel Palmer, Marcelino Blackburn
Forwards: Luton Shelton, Kevin King.
William Richards, Sean Mason, Leon Strickland.
Not used: Ondino Griffiths, Dennis Clayton (Gk), Kemar Petrekin, Nicholas Forbes.
Other League Results:
(Home teams named first)
Village United 0 Portmore United 0
Seba United 1 Arnett Gardens 0
Waterhouse 1 Tivoli Gardens 0
Boys Town 2 Wadadah 0
Rivoli United 0 Reno 2
Below: Special guests Jamaica female team ; HVFC cheerleaders ; Match MVP Lovel Palmer
Two late strikes from teenage sensation Luton Shelton made a tightly contested game seem like a easy victory at the newly built Waterhouse stadium.
The early second half strike from left full back Craig Stewart cannoned into the back of the net with goalkeeper Loxely Reid stranded on the goal-line as the shot whistled past him in minute 54.
In a game where coach Donovan Hayles rested all of five of his main players for injury or accumulated yellow cards the team came up trumps as they were never missed as teamwork was the concept on the day. Captain Damion Stewart and namesake Donald Stewart each on yellow (2) cards, Robert Scarlett on a red, injured Nicholas McCreath, Greg Gardner and a not so fit Jermaine Hue just recovering after four weeks, played only twenty minutes as a substitute as Leon Gordon just returning from red card suspension sat on the bench.
Last weeks goalscorer young Christopher ‘Jamel’ Harvey started in his age group level of Under 21 and lead from the defence keeping a clean sheet and steering the team to a hard fought 2-0 win with a late double strike from substitute forward Mervyn Miller in minutes 71 and 83 to win 2-0 and retain a favourable third position going into the semi-finals against former Under 21 champions Arnett Gardens, leaders Portmore tackles Rivoli in the other.
Next Wednesday Harbour View takes on reigning champions Portmore United in the Premier League semi-finals then Tivoli Gardens versus Village at a venue to be announced.
PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS AFTER PRELIMINARY ROUNDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Harbour View’s Fabian Taylor still leads the goalscoring chart with 19 goals.
JFF UNDER 21 LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS AFTER PRELIMINARY ROUNDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Harbour View’s Kemar Petrekin still leads the goalscoring chart with 14 goals.
Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner is set to return to competitive action for Bolton Wanderers when he plays a reserves league game against Liverpool this weekend.
We wish you a safe return Ricardo, from us all.
CONGRATULATIONS to Damion ‘stewpeas’ Stewart on being selected to the Caribbean All Stars team for the friendly game against Morrocco in Grenada on Sunday May 2nd, 2004 to mark the opening of the Digicel’s Caribbean Cup between nations of the caribbean. The special guest at the function is President Nelson Mandela.
Damani Ralph scored his first league goal and his teams in a victorious 1-0 effort against the DC United on Saturday after disposing of five (5) defenders in his wake midway the second half.
Fabian Taylor’s assist helped New York/ New Jersey Metrostars to a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution at home to maintain the leadership of the zone with seven points from three games. They are followed by Damani’s Chicago Fire (six points from four games) who they play this Saturday in Chicago.
Akeem Priestly, Ryan Thompson and Luton Shelton were all participants is the recently held two game series between the Reggae Boyz and the USA in Fort Lauderdale where the USA won both matches by 1-0 and 4-0.
Damion Stewart and Jermaine Hue are invited to the Reggae Boyz squad along with Damani Ralph for Wednesday’s game against Venezuela at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
Two goals by defender Christopher “Jamel” Harvey on both sides of the half made for a winning end of season at the compound. After many goal-scoring opportunities were wasted by forwards Luton Shelton and Greg Gardner a strike from 20 yards out on the stroke of halftime by Christopher Harvey put the hosts into the lead at the break.
Then Rivoli responded with a one-time shot from Derrick Planter in the 73rd minute to level the scores as Rivoli sort a all important victory to stay alive in the race for fourth place and a berth into the semi-finals for the first time.
Then Harvey header at the far post in minute 80 meant the game confirms Harbour View as the second placed team and stops the chances of Rivoli advancing as the fourth placed team.
The final games are scheduled for next Sunday April 25th with HARBOUR VIEW away to 5th placed WATERHOUSE on 53 points.
EASTER MONDAY FOOTBALL FESTIVAL IN MANDEVILLE
The annual festival put on by Los Perfectos Football Club organized by former JFF President and CONCACAF Executive Mr Tony James was a success. The Harbour View family happily made the trek across the middle of the island to the newly upgraded Brooks Park Complex. Six-a-side football competitions, netball, fun day activities for the family, discotheque music along with the throng of residents from surrounding area made the day unforgettable.
The 4pm Master’s League game saw Harbour View winning by 3-0 over Los Perfectos Masters with two goals by Micheal “Blackamike” McIntosh and the third by Neville ‘Val’ Richards.
The feature game between Harbour View Under 21 team versus Los Perfectos Super League campaigner ended with a 1-0 victory to Los P.
Food, Fun and Fraternity was the essence of the get-together of the groups as wives,girlfriends and children were the focus of the day as everyone enjoyed the social outing which as been built up between both clubs over 25 years.
HARBOUR VIEW ADVANCES TO SECOND POSITION WITH A SOLID 3-1 DEFEAT OVER ARNET GARDENS!
The compound rocked with the vibrations of solid attacking football as “The Stars of the East” whipped the out-of-sorts Arnett Gardens at the Compound with three second half goals to come from behind and snatch victory.
Consolidating their second place in the points table on 56 points and to end the distant last gasps effort of Arnett Gardens (38 points) to sneak into the semi-finals, As leaders Tivoli Gardens (64 points) edged champions Portmore United (53 points) by 2-1 at the Railway Oval to make the losers slip to third position. Rivoli United by defeating Star Cosmos by 2-0 and Village United defeating Trelawny neighbours, Invaders by 1-0 means both victors advanced to 50 points over sixth placed Waterhouse who drew 1-1 away to Reno to stay at 48 points.
In a game that started with the Harbour View Cheerleaders chanting “Come-on-the View!”.
The gold and blue boys marched confidently forward as Nicholas McCreath blast was well blocked by Julian McKliesh, then Jomo Gordon shot was parried to Sean Fraser who rushed and kicked high at an open goal. It was the only blemish in an otherwise sound performance from the former junior Under 17 and Under 20 World Cup campaigner.
The good old adage of missing goalscoring opportunities coming back to haunt you was evident when Leon Strickland wormed his way down the center of the defensive wall to beat goalkeeper Leeroy Grey in minute 26 and take the lead. Good exchanges highlighted the remainder of the stanza. Arnett lead by 1-0 at the break.
Striker Nicholas McCreath lobbed the advancing keeper McKliesh to equalise after 61 minutes, then a foul on Greg Gardner at the top of the area meant a free-kick in the absence of the injured midfielders Jermaine Hue and Daniel Shaw. Christopher Harvey ran the length of the field in celebration as he struck a lethal right-footer through the wall and stopped only by the capable net that bulged extra-ordinarily from the force of the 20 yard shot. The 83rd minute shock was still vibrating as Greg Gardner tapped back to Donald ”Foulie” Stewart on top of the area to shunt to McCreath breaking on the right of goal his calm slot to free man substitute Luton Shelton to tap home from six yards in time added on, to complete the route by 3-1.
In the Under 21 contest earlier in the day Arnett Gardens edged Harbour View by 1-0 courtesy of a Marcellino Blackburn 23rd minute strike to keep themselves in second position as Harbour View remained third behind leaders Portmore United.
Superior teamwork by the unbeaten Portmore United cemented their place as the reignng Champions rounded of a splendid season with slick teamwork and efficient finishing crowned them deserving Champions for a third consecutive year in this division, while Harbour View retained the second spot as they did last season.
HARBOUR VIEW TRASHES ST.GEORGE’S 6-3 TO ADVANCE TO THE RED STRIPE CHAMPION’S CUP QUARTERFINALS AGAINST TIVOLI.
Lead by two strikes from Nicholas McCreath, one from Donald Stewart and a home goal Harbour View comfortably strode away from Lynch Park in Buff Bay, Portland with another victory of 4-2 to go forward next Thursday, April 14th against 6-3 victors Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View starting at 7pm. Damion Harwood and Randal Huie’s penalty accounted for the hosts scoreline infront of a lively home crowd.
Tivoli defeated Newlands of St Catherine by 4-1 yesterday after the first leg finished at 2-2 at the Prison Oval.
PREMIER LEAGUE THIRD ROUND BEGINS THIS WEEKEND WITH HARBOUR VIEW VERSUS CONSTANT SPRING 6:30PM AT HOME, FOLLOWING A SUPERLEAGUE GAME BETWEEN KSAFA STALWARTS BOYS TOWN VERSUS SANTOS AT 4PM.
Football Carnival Jarrett Park, Montego Bay and the National Stadium.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
Wadadah vs. Waterhouse
Village vs. Harbour View
Sunday, April 24th, 2005
Portmore vs Constant Spring
Tivoli vs Rivoli
Harbour View vs Arnett
Sunday, May 18th, 2005
Invaders vs Harbour View
Wadadah vs Tivoli
Arnett Gardens vs Waterhouse
Portmore vs Village
HARBOUR VIEW STRIDE INTO JFF UNDER 21 FINALS
AFTER DEFEATING TIVOLI GARDENS BY 5-1.
Lead by a hatrick from Luton Shelton and a brace by Kemar Petrekin.
A stunning performance from the “Stars of the East” in the first of two semifinals yesterday at the Waterhouse stadium moved the Harbour View and Portmore United into a repeat appearance to last years competition. Defending Champions Portmore United defeated Arnett Gardens in the second semifinal by 2-1.
Bolstered by the inclusion of four of our eight senior team representatives in Jermaine Taylor, Luton Shelton, Lovell, Palmer and Marcelino Blackburn the lead was established when Petrekin beat the defence to release Shelton to round the Tivoli goalkeeper Kevin Graham after 44 minutes. Before that Anthony Christie and Shelton missed a sitters and Graham saved good attempts from Christie’s and Blackburn freekicks.
The second half opened with more enterprise as Shelton scored from a Blackburn left sided freekick with a well placed header after 55 minutes. Petrekin then weighed in with a double strike after Shelton outwitted the defence to feed his strike partner with a simple tap in after 70 minutes he then doubled his account when he capitalised on a defensive error to score three minutes later, making it 4-0. He would miss the hatrick when he beat the goalkeeper before hitting the upright to go behind.
Not to be denied, Shelton pressured the confussed Tivoli defence into error when he displaced a defender to before scoring and celebrating. Tivoli fought on to score through Horace Howell from a Lenworth Hyde Jr. pass after 83 minutes.
The JFF Sponsored Under 21 League has the Final in a newly formatted marketing initiative on Monday night at 6pm at the National Stadium before the End of Second Round Final between Portmore United and Waterhouse at 8pm.
HARBOUR VIEW END THE SECOND ROUND WITH A 2-0 VICTORY OVER WADADAH.
Transportation problems prevented the Wadadah Under 21 team from arriving hence the game was called of and the decision referred to the JFF for their judgement.
Third placed Harbour View advances to the semifinals to go against second placed Tivoli Gardens. While leaders Portmore United are challenged by fourth placed Arnett Gardens next Thursday, March 31st, 2005.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Round two ends.
Two second half goals from Craig Stewart in the 62nd minute and Luton Shelton in the 76th minute capped of a concentrated effort by the “Stars of the East” to end the round on 18 points in fourth position.
Wadadah showing improved teamplay and some senior players like Daniel Ricketts displaying sparks of brilliance but not enough to bother the better organised team lead into attack by Jermaine Hue whose two strikes at goal were hurriedly handled by the custodian. Lovell Palmer muffed a first half hatrick, Shelton’s blast was parried by the keeper, Orville Campbell missed and Jomo Gordon’s hard work never rewarded his talent with a goal to show.
In the latter stage young Marcelino Blackburn added energy and good attacking skills assisted by fellow substitutes Nicholas McCreath and Akeem Priestley they however could not add to the scoreline.
RED STRIPE CHAMPIONS CUP KNOCKOUT: 3rd Round
On Wednesday, March 23rd the newly revamped Red Stripe Champions Cup kicked-off at the Compound with a third Round knockout game against Portland Champions St. George’s United former club of National Under 20 Captain Jermaine Taylor, whose younger brother Ricardo, leads playing at centre half.
A closely contested game was opened to goalscoring when Damion Stewart committed a foul on an attacker inside the penalty area. The quickly rewarded penalty was converted by goalkeeper Randal Huie to lead 1-0 at halftime.
The superior team strategy in the second half was soon to pay dividends as goals produced by Jomo Gordon and Luton Shelton, from headers to Orville Campbell squares put the game beyond St George’s, Akeem Priestley failed to capitalise on an empty goal from 8 yards out in minute 86.
The return leg takes place on Wednesday April 6th in Portland.
Veteran defender Donald “Foulie” Stewart headed the “Stars of the East” into the lead at the stroke of halftime from a Jermaine Hue freekick, raising hopes for the home team by going to the halftime break leading 1-0.
The good ball possession by the visitors from Washington thrilled the large crowd as the hosts responded in kind adding deft ball artistry to the menu for a delightful exhibition of professional football. Tight ball control dominated play as both goalkeepers were called upon to make good saves particularly Leighton Murray in the first half then Nick Rimando in the second.
The better second half midfield organisation lead by Jaime Moreno moved the ball into attack with regularity before their sharper finishing on goal in minutes seventy four (74) and seventy seven (77) broke the game wide open in favour of DC United. The left-sided buildup was swung inside for the flashing header by substitute Jamil Walker to deflect to the far post and equalise the game. The second was a classic Moreno moment as a right-sided approach play was collected just outside the penalty box, he stalled before expertly chipping both defenders and goalkeeper to the left with a swerving left footer inside the far post. The lead reverting to DC United taking a 2-1 lead.
The crowd stayed riveted to the game as Harbour View hurried the changes of McCreath andBlackburn for Gordon and Richards, soon 19 year old Akeem Priestley made his entrance for Donald Stewart. They added life and spice to the game quickly drawing fouls, one of which Jermaine Hue’s 23 yard drive brought out a good save by custodian Rimando tipping it over for a corner, then McCreath’s control in the box and shot goalwards but straight at goalkeeper Rimando.
In the end superior finishing meant DC United advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF CHAMPION’S CUP next month. Harbour View Fc continues its advance in the local Premier League in an effort to win and in so doing, repeat qualification for the next International season.
Harbour View Strkes back to challenge for late End Of Second Round spot by defeating Reno by 4-1 at the Compound.
20 year old Lovel Palmer hits a second half brace after being denied an early goal.
Harbour View stay in touch for the semifinals with a resounding 12-0 trashing of Reno F.C.
Five (5) goals from Kemar Petrekin lead the demolistion campaign against a very youthful looking Reno squad, made up of schoolboys from DaCosta Cup Champions, Frome Technical.. Assisted by a rare goal scoring feat, a Hatrick, from Kevin Woolery plus two from 16 year old John-Ross Edwards. Anthony Cristie and substitute Nicholas Beckett, completed the rout.
Harbour View lead by 7-0 at the Halftime break.
A renewed sense of purpose overshadowed the previously questioned state of affairs that dogged the lethargic looking Caribbean Club Champions, Harbour View FC in Round Two action. Glimpses of Round One form peeped out ever so often to the delight of the adoring die-hard fans waiting for the December 2004 form to return.
After Referee Victor Stewart called back Palmer’s early strike from a Robert Scarlett cross eluded everyone included the desperate dive from former National goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence which left him injured on the ground. Not to be denied the youngster burst aggressively out of midfield into the Penalty area twice, in minutes sixty one (61) and again in minute eighty nine (89) to close the door for the “Stars of the East” second straight victory.
Jermaine Hue’s chipped pass drifted away from the Reno defender into the path of striker Luton Shelton who rounded two bewildered defenders on the touchline before tapping back to strike partner Jomo Gordon to turn and rifle it into the goal., on the stroke of halftime in minute forty- five. The half ended 1-0.
A rare sight of a perfect right-footed square from left-back Robert Scarlett, was expertly glanced wide of Aaron Lawrence by the head of nineteen (19) year old sensation Luton Shelton. The official time clock recorded the goal as minute fifty-eight (58).
NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 2007 ALL PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS jointly put on it’s first promotion at the National Stadium starting with the HVFC versus Tivoli game and followed by Arnett Gardens versus Waterhouse FC.
HARBOUR VIEW FIGHTS DESPITE THE ODDS, TO SLIP 1-2 TO DC UNITED IN COLD CONDITIONS IN MARYLAND, USA.
On a cold and blistering night at temperatures estimated about 7 Degrees on the field the Harbour View Fooitball Club fought gallantly but could not overcome an organised looking DC United at the Maryland, Soccerplex before a capacity crowd measuring 3,823.
The five days acclimatisation method adopted the mind and bodies adequately to the general weather pattern that showed a range of 30 – 60 Degrees temperatures but nothing near the prevailing conditions of play on game night. Heavily supported by a large contingent of jamaican residents in and around the Washington DC area, aided by masses from the New York Tri-state area and Florida the “Stars of the East” shone brightest in minute 22 as teenaged (19 years) sensation Luton Shelton scored but left without a point and all to do on Wednesday night as a 62nd minute headed goal by Gros gave the advantage to DC United.
The early goal scored after just four minutes hit hard as the hosts treatened to run away with the game when Eskadarian scored a volley, from a Freddy Adu left-sided square.
Players experiencing nose bleeds, severe chest pains and freezing ears, nose, fingers and toes the dedicated solders battled manfully to stay in the game with every fibre of their body. Shelton an acute Asthmatic shrugged of the ill-effects of the cold to torment the DC United backline with his blistering pace and grit. Outstanding performances by Robert Scarlett, Damion Stewart, Leighton Murray in goal and early glimpses of brilliance by Captain Jermaine Hue lead to a creditable team performance all-around.
The return leg takes place in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 at 7:30pm at the Harbour View Football Stadium. A large contingent of fifty (50) persons, DC United arrive from Miami at 6pm on Monday evening at the Norman Manley Airport.
The highest level of club competition ever attained by the former Premier League Champions who celebrate their Thirty-first (31st) Anniversary on Friday, March 4th, departs on Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 for Baltimore via the national airline Air Jamaica for their biggest game date on Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30pm in the Maryland, Soccerplex.
With snow on the ground the departure was delayed by two days as alternative indoor and outdoor training facilities are finalised in addition to canceling two scheduled practice games for Friday and Sunday.
The acclimatisation process designed by physical trainer, Neville Myton and physiotherapist, Karen Julius within the program of the technical committee outlined by Head Coach Donovan Hayles.
The management group headed by Vin Blaine includes specialist goalkeeper coach, Clive Wedderburn, Equipment Manager, Leighton Hutchinson and Assistant Coach, Sydney McFarlane.
The club is lead by the head of delegation, General Manager, Clyde Jureidini.
Captain Jermaine Hue leads the team assisted by Vice-Captain, Clifton Waugh.
National Players, Fabian Taylor, Robert Scarlett, Damion Stewart, Luton Shelton, Jermaine Taylor, Leighton Murray and Ryan Thompson.
Former Nationals Donald Stewart, Sean Fraser, Lovel Palmer, Christopher Harvey and Nicholas McCreath lead the other Caribbean Champions including, Marcellino Blackburn, Jomo Gordon, William Richards, Thomas Grant, Craig Stewart and Orville Campbell.
The squad returns on Thursday, March 10th, 2005 for the return leg against the Freddy Adu lead, DC United at the Harbour View Football Stadium on Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 at 7:30pm.
HARBOUR VIEW SCORES A RARE 2nd ROUND 2-1 VICTORY OVER RIVOLI UNITED AHEAD OF DEPARTING TO DC UNITED.
On Sunday night an unscheduled Jamaica Public Service Companies power surge caused massive electrical shortage problems that brought the game to a close after only twelve (12) minutes. While the Match Commissioner and the Referees waited patiently, along with the well behaved crowd for fifty-six (56) minutes, while the electricians toiled feverishly to correct the malfunction, but to no avail.
The decision was referred to the Jamaica Football Federation to resolve.
They in turn ruled the game be replayed immediately on Tuesday under daylight conditions at 3:30pm.
A early strike from Jomo Gordon after nine minutes when Robert Scarlett’s high cross fell kindly for him at the far post. This proved detrimental as the energy level of the hosts soared resulting in Gordon’s strike partner Thomas Grant weighing in with a long range shot that tipped the crossbar before going behind.
As the Rivoli United team worked their way back into the game late in the first half through a number of free-kicks and corners, goalkeeper Leighton Murray and his defence marshalled by Clifton Waugh stood there ground as the half ended 1-0.
More attacking forays by both teams eyeing a berth in the upcoming End of Second Round Finals proved decisive when a defensive slip by Craig Stewart gifted Garfield Reid the ball just outside the area for him to advance goalwards before driving a fierce grounder past Murray to level the scores after fifty-six (56) minutes.
Not to be outdone “The Stars of the East” galloped forward and when Thomas Grant rounded the goalkeeper, he was pulled to the ground leaving FIFA Referee Peter Prendergast with an easy penalty call. Clifton Waugh stepped forward to drive home his now trademark “cannon” even after an initial infringement resulting him repeating the feat in minute sixty-three (63).
HARBOUR VIEW LOOKS TO REBOUND TO WINNING WAYS AHEAD OF DEPARTURE TO WASHINGTON AGAINST MLS CHAMPIONS, DC UNITED!
POOR 2nd ROUND PERFORMANCES:
After a string of poor performances in the second round of Premier League action End of Round One Champions Harbour View FC seek redemption in their final game against Rivoli United, before departing on Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 CONCACAF Club Championship Quarterfinals.
RECENT GAME RESULTS:
After a ordinary performance against Arlington FC losing 0-1, then against Arnett Gardens going down 1-2, than a dull 1-1 draw away to Village United was followed by a come from behind 1-3 lost to inform team Portmore United, the Donovan Hayles squad will look to reshape the high performers of the previous round.
Injury concerns surround ace strikers Fabian Taylor and Nicholas McCreath but boosted by the return of the six (6) newly crowned Digicel Caribbean Club Champions (Jamaica) squad members in Barbados turn their attention squarely on Club commitments for Harbour View. They qualify for the Gold Cup in June 2005.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW CARIBBEAN CHAMPIONS:
We take the opportunity to Congratulate them all – defenders. Jermaine Taylor, Damion Stewart, Robert Scarlett, midfielder, Jermaine Hue, goalkeeper, Leighton Murray and the tournaments Leading Goalscorer with nine (9) goals, nineteen year old striker Luton Shelton.
HARBOUR VIEW REPAYS IT’S 1-0 VICTORY AGAINST BATTLING CONSTANT SPRING!
Clifton Waugh’s late penalty seals it.
UNDER 21 LEAGUE:Akeem Tremstead scored the early goal for Constant Spring but Harbour View hit back with first half strikes from Anthony Christie and Andre Whyte to win 2-1.
PREMIER LEAGUE: It was a game of contrasting styles. The smooth flowing Harbour View attacked consistently while the dogged tactics of the resurgent leaders in Round Two, Constant Spring was to block the midfield and barricade the defense then counter-attack. This they did just once in ninety minutes, despite the presence of former international marksman Walter Boyd.
While the score line looked close, the game at the venue was far from that as the one-way attacking traffic was evident throughout. Good goalkeeping aided by faulty finishing and a lack of confidence made heavy work of average opposition bent on fouling advancing attackers, determined defensive teamwork, coupled with the intentional “not to lose but not necessary to win” attitude all broke down late in the game.
Near misses from headers by forwards Luton Shelton and Fabian Taylor, as well as Lovel Palmer’s along with Christopher Harvey’s from corners into the goalkeeper’s hands at close range did not change the score line. Jermaine Hue’s freekick dazzled the entire stadium after bewildering the stranded custodian on his line just to shave the outside of the post before going behind. The crowd groaned while the Constant Spring supporters breathed a sigh of relief before being reseated.
The 0-0 score line was broken in the 86th minute after ten minutes of constant demonstration by the Constant Spring players to the hand ball decision by Referee Lloyd Harrison after the midfielder had dived low to block the square from Jomo Gordon. While this ensued Walter Boyd continuous protest led him to removing the ball and earning a Red Card ejection from the game, managers calming down more players, supporters becoming angry and the game was dangerously poised to erupt in disrepute ahead of the security forces restoring control.
When the dust had settled Clifton Waugh strode up, and struck a fierce grounder to score the only goal in the contest and getting Harbour View back to winning ways.
HARBOUR VIEW EDGED 1-2 AT ARNETT!
A superb 22 yard left footed scorcher from National representative Seon Givens was the shot that made all the difference in a hard fought encounter.
Arnett Gardens 1 Harbour View 0.
Two goals from Kwame Richardson was enough to push Arnett Gardens into an unassailable 2-1 winning position against League leaders Harbour View FC at the Tony Spaulding Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Richardson struck after nine (9) minutes when he broke wide of the right side of the penalty area to fire a shot at goal that crept under goalkeeper Leighton Murray at the near post to take the lead.
Nicholas McCreath turned his marker once again and in his attempt to square the Arnett defender handled the ball, from the resultant penalty Clifton Waugh drove in into the goal pass a diving Julian McLiesh after twenty (20) minutes.
As the game increased in momentum both teams traded tactical blows creating a fine spectacle to the many adoring fans who turned out to the game despite the unfortunate death earlier in the week of dancer and community favourite Gerald “Bogle” Levy.
The return of the classy striker Fabian Taylor was noted by three flashing headers of which the first crashed against the crossbar and the other two just high from Robert Scarlett crosses. McCreath too had both his attempts go wide from within the 18 yard box, Palmer hit the side netting as Jermaine Hue’s blazing grass-cutter whizzed across the face of the goal. The climax came just about five minutes before the end of the game when three shots from Marcelino Blackburn, Jermaine Hue and Nicholas McCreath that were all blocked and saved within the six yard box.
Arnett too had their moments as Richardson, Shaw and Wilson created half chances from the edge of the box that all went wide. When Kevin “Pele” Wilson scored from a rebound the jubilation was short lived as he was ruled to have been in an offside position before the shot was taken.
Below:“One Love” was the game day theme as we all celebrated Bob Marley’s 60th Birthday anniversary appropriately designated at the halftime by the Cheerleaders showing red, gold and green cards to all four corners of the grounds;
2004 CFU Champion coach Donovan Hayles, Leading Goal Scorer Jomo Gordon, and MVP Jermaine Hue receiving recognition
Hatricks by Kemar Petrekin and Marcellino Blackburn highlighted Harbour View’s 6-0 drubbing of Invaders FC.
January at a first glance, did not reflect the image of high performance that ended the Christmas blitz that earned the “Stars of the East” two Championship titles both at home and within the Caribbean.
In a large windy domain Harbour View struggled to fight back the elements and establish themselves as league leaders as they battled away a stout-hearted attempt by Invaders to grab maximum points at home. The first half ended goalless as Invaders came closest twice with the advantage of the wind in their backs as only Christopher Harvey’s long range shot against the crossbar came close for the visitors.
The second half game improved slightly as Harbour View started the scoring in minute 52 when Luton Shelton stole the ball from a defender outside the area before calmly punishing the goalkeeper to take the lead.
After the game swung violently in the wind from end to end, Delroy Ellis equalised when he slipped through the defense and shot from distance straight into goalkeeper Leighton Murray’s stomach only to see the ball slip out and into the back of the net after 73 minutes.
Nicholas McCreath broke away twice, Conrad Hunt shot high from 14 yards, Harvey’s shot was saved and Jomo Gordon slipped before the shot went wide while at the other end twice players failed to make contact with crosses inside the penalty area late in the game.
WEDNESDAY’S JANUARY 5TH, 2005 SLATE OF PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2ND, 2005.
Harbour View are End of First Round Champions after defeating Waterhouse by 1-0 on a goal scored in the 85th minute by substitute Jomo Gordon from 35 yards out.
It was another gutsy performance from the new CFU Caribbean Club Champions who had to withstand a barrage of infringements from the stout-hearted challenges of a defensive team make-up that packed five players across the midfield in order to stem our attacking flow.
In the beginning it was Waterhouse who launched the first attack when Damion Stewart’s diagonal ground pass was intercepted at the halfline and relayed quickly to a breaking Damion Powell whose under pressure square was blocked by Jermaine Taylor.
Harbour View calmly took over the ball possession and from a freekick that was only scrambled awayto Lovel Palmer, whose ten yards drive on succeeded in hitting the side netting. As Lamey protested constantly for being offside, Jermaine Hue’s freekick struck the new goalkeeper Demetrio Brown hands before rebounding to the alert Sean Fraser who shot goalwards to be denied by Brown’s quick reflexes. Nicholas McCreath’s effort was comfortably handled and Palmer’s second attempt from distance flew inches wide of the post. Waterhouse probed manfully but Oniel Robinson’s shots from midfield never came close to Leighton Murray’s goal.
The second half was similar to the first as Waterhouse pushing forward early then Harbour View attaining the ascendancy through Fraser’s lob over the keeper being cleared from the line before Robert Scarlett’s introduction produced 30 yard speculative shot that resulted in a fumbling save from custodian Brown. Irvino English’s cross was met close-in by Weston Forrest at seven yards to be booted high, surely the best opportunity to Waterhouse.
The tight tactical game was unlocked by a build-up within the Harbour View half, when Taylor gave to Hue who slipped it across midfield to Donald Stewart. Lovel Palmer burst forward to receive it and repeat the final pass to Gordon, as he did to win the CFU Club Championships. As Gordon explored his options to dribble, pass or shoot the defenders drifted away to cover. He powered it goalward and the grass-cutter swerved from a now surprised Brown in goal that was wrong-footed to score and bring Championship honours once again to himself and the club. Coach Hayles and the players accepted the trophy joyfully.
HARBOUR VIEW COMES FROM FOUR TIMES TO DRAW 4-4 WITH WADADAH IN A RESCHEDULED GAME AT JARRETT PARK.
Four goals from former National invitee Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson powered Wadadah into a winning 4-2 position twenty minutes from time before a late surge of two goals from Luton Shelton and Marcellino Blackburn with five minutes remaining sparred Harbour View the blushes in Montego Bay last Wednesday December 22nd.
The real possibility of a comeback victory was dashed with three saves of the goal line by the Wadadah defence in the last eight minutes. Earlier Harbour View in a celebratory mood started a second eleven team resting all seven national players before Akeem Priestly struck a 35 yard bomb that had the goalkeeper ducking hands and his head as it whizzed past him to ruffle the net. Sean Fraser nipped in between defenders to toe-poke home another defense splitting pass early in the second half.
Wadadah remain rooted at the bottom of the table with seven points while Harbour View topped the first round with twenty six points ahead of the End of First Round Final coming up on Boxing Day, Sunday December 26th 2004.
THE SECOND ROUND OF GAMES BEGIN THIS SUNDAY JANUARY 2nd, 2005 AS HARBOUR VIEW TRAVELS TO TRELAWNY TO PLAY INVADERS FC.
Substutute Jomo Gordon, finally breaks the deadlock!
The history books were re-written last night under the newly established lights of the Edward Seaga Sports Complex when substitute Jomo Gordon’s 90th minute header sealed the championship honours for the “Stars of the East” .
Voted the “Man of the Match” captain Jermaine Hue slipped a through ball to his left for the fleet-footed Lovel Palmer who calmly squared to Gordon who had slipped his marker at the back post to win the game. Gordon also crowned himself leading goalscorer of the Caribbean leg by scoring his tenth (10) goal, following a four timer and a hatrick in Montserrat. Luton Shelton finished close behind him on nine (9) and his third strike partner Nicholas McCreath, finishes out the top three, with six (6).
Earlier Craig Stewart cracked another one of his now trademark 25 yard bombs, out of the reach of goalkeeper Kirk Porter after 23 minutes to stun the crowd.
Fabian Davis scored from an acute angle after 58 minutes by beating goalkeeper Leighton Murray at his near post, when Tivoli Gardens FC dominated possession in the second half.
Fifteen minutes from time, coach Donovan Hayles summoned up Jomo Gordon to replace the battling Nicholas McCreath who soldered on through a painful ankle injury.
It would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Full of running, confidence excuding and motivation peaked, Jomo drifted away from his marker in time added on (2 minutes) to nod home the most important goal of his career, and the club’s.
The celebrating exploded instinctively by all the squad members, supporters, executives and well-wishers in the center of the field. Coach Donovan Hayles wept emotionally while dedicating the game to recently deceased executive member Roxy Williams.
Flashes lit up the night skies, smiles were even brighter as the spotlights illuminated the nights preceeding opposing supporters strolled homewards in total agreement of the high level of football displayed by both Jamaican champions.
Harbour View stadium was designated the appropriate venue to celebrate the occasion with XZIBIT CRU DISCO, the Harbour View die-hards, community enthusiasts, players, officials and everyone else within the vicinity of the Compound enjoyed themselves until early Friday morning.
Victory was sweet to the taste but another final looms large on Boxing Day December 26th at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex against Waterhouse at 4pm. Before that however the outstanding Premier League game against Wadadah at Jarrett Park is rescheduled for Wednesday December 22nd at 6pm following the Under 21 game at 2pm.
LIGHTS, CAMERA , ACTION …
HARBOUR VIEW REPLIES WITH A LATE EQUALISER FROM SUBSTITUTE AKEEM PRIESTLEY.
With the newly refurbished floodlights shinning brightly, the large crowd swelled above 3,000 as early as 6:40pm, the roadways throughout the community filled with patter of feet hurrying the catch the first pass and those already seated sipped on “Teedo’s” specially prepared “CFU “soup.
The anxiety peaked when it was announced, the start was to be delayed that the Live Radio broadcast was transmitted at 7:30pm but the risque dancing of video performers “Vibe Ihatas” supported by the music of “Xhibit Crew” Disco that made waiting a mere pleasure as the cool mountain breeze filtered among the crowd getting thicker by the moment.
The official party soon met the players lead by JFF President Crenston Boxhill, 1st Vice President George Evans, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, President of Tivoli Gardens FC and Leader of the Opposition, Mr Carvel Stewart, Chairman of Harbour View FC and Mr Sydney Masters, President of Harbour View FC. FIFA Referee was ready to start assisted by a all Jamaican cast of Dave Miekle, Rohan Thorbourne and Fourth Official Hughill Thompson, the Commissioner Mr Horace Lewis.
Kickoff was greeted with a great cheer as both teams roared into action at a lively pace it was to be discussed by football pundits, in the many after match discussion gatherings held around the stadium that this may have been “…one of the best club games of football ever seen recently”.
Speed, skill, individual flair, team coordination, shots, tackles and departmental battles all evolved at a frenetic pace of competitiveness resulting in over extended players leaving the field with injuries of leading players Jermaine Hue, Steve Green, Robert Scarlett and Christopher Nicholas.
The first goal came when Roland Dean pulled Jermaine Taylor away from the ball as the referee signaled play-on he dribbled into the goal area before attracting the attention of Damion Stewart then passing to unmarked Christopher Nicholas at the penalty spot to shoot past Ryan Thompson after only 14 minutes.
As the game progressed the large crowd was deeply involved but the silence was shattered in the 81st minute when substitute Akeem Priestley who replaced Hue after 60 minutes emerged out of a crowded penalty area at about 16 yards to the left and let fly a stunning left footer that seemingly tore the back of Kirk Porters’ net and was greeted by the loudest crowd support all night as sudden the new “Star of the East” shun brighter than the new floodlights as his teammates descending on him even from the bench.
Smiles were all around the massive crowd well pleased with the event and waiting with baited breath for next Wednesdays return at Tivoli to crown the new “King of the Caribbean”.
Harbour View Premier League game against Wadadah has been postponed until Wednesday December 22 because seven players depart on Sunday for the quarter finals in the CFU Caribbean Cup against St. Lucia.