New striker Swaby nets winner for Humble Lion in Red Stripe Premier League
Humble Lion roared past Tivoli Gardens 1-0 to take full command of fourth place in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday at the Edward Seaga Complex in West Kingston.
New recruit Francois Swaby netted the lone goal in the 45th minute for the Clarendon-based outfit, adding to the five strikes he had for Sporting Central Academy before moving to Humble Lion.
Both teams went into the game on 38 points apiece, with Humble Lion in fourth by virtue of a better goal difference.
Humble Lion was the better team on the day with some good combinations from Ricardo Cousins, Andrew Vanzie, Kemeel Wolfe, and Swaby.
Tivoli showed glimpses with Keammar Daley, Lennox Creary and stand-in captain Shawn McKoy. However, Humble Lion were more determined and deserved the victory.
"Well, it was total team effort that led to us winning this important game," Swaby told The Gleaner. "We were the most organised team on the day, and that paid off for us."
Swaby says he transferred in January because he wanted a new challenge.
"I felt that I wanted a new challenge, no disrespect to Sporting. Since being at Humble Lion, it's more challenging, and I am training hard for that. It's normal for players to move from club to club," he said.
"We are working hard towards a semi-final spot and then take it from there. It is a competitive league, as any team can beat any team on the day. However, we have a group of experienced players that are living as one, and that could make the difference," Swaby noted.
The team's coach, Donovan Duckie, said it was important for Swaby to get off the mark quickly.
"It was important for Swaby to get his first goal; that made us capture three points," Duckie said.
"We have been equal on points with Tivoli for the last four games, so we knew how big the game was, and we are happy for the victory," Duckie reasoned.
Tivoli's coach, Alvin Shaw, admitted that Humble Lion were hungrier.
"I think we gave a good try, but the energy was not there. Humble Lion wanted it more and won the game. We just have to regroup and come again," Shaw said.