'Extra push' yields first hat-trick for H View's Muir
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Sunday October 5, 2014 was a day like no other for Harbour View Football Club and forward Ranique Muir. The former Donald Quarrie High School student scored his first Red Stripe Premier League hat-trick and fired his club to the first win of the season.
Muir scored in the third, 51st and 60th minutes to lead Harbour View to a 4-1 hammering of Boys' Town. McKaully Tulloch scored Harbour View's other goal, while Shamar Nicholson scored for Boys' Town.
"I feel exceptionally well," said a delighted Muir, who was playing his first game of the season.
"I have been putting in the work. I have been sick for about two weeks with the Chikungunya, and when I returned, our game against Waterhouse was postponed because a number of their players had the same thing," added the 25-year-old.
Sunday's hat-trick, Muir said, was the result of a decision to work much harder in the off-season after ordinary returns last year when he scored just four goals.
"It is my first hat-trick at this level, and I would not say that I expected it, but it was coming. This year, I did a lot of work in the off-season, and what you are seeing now is the extra push carrying me through," explained Muir, who was scoring the second hat-trick in the league this season.
Having had a taste of the success that hard work brings, Muir said he is expecting more of the same. In fact, he is looking to top the goalscoring table.
"I have set myself the target of helping my team to win the league and to win the golden boot. If I score 20 goals, I believe I can do it," said the man who came up through the Harbour View youth system before spending some time Bull Bay.
Like most footballers, Muir would love to represent the national team, but unlike most, he is not dwelling on it.
"I will be here putting in the work, and if it comes it comes. The journey continues I will do the job and see what happens," he said of an opportunity to represent the national team.