Sharpe secures point for Humble Lion
Second-half substitute Horace Sharpe scored four minutes from time to salvage a point for Humble Lion, who played to a 1-1 draw with UWI in the opening Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) games of 2016 on Sunday.
At the UWI Bowl, Girvon Brown fired the home team in front from the penalty spot after 23 minutes, after picking himself up from a foul inside the box.
Sharpe, a former Arnett and Tivoli Gardens midfielder, has seen limited playing time since moving to the Clarendon outfit two seasons ago.
But the 29-year-old believes the goal, which was his first goal of the season, should give the coaches a small reminder of his ability to find the net.
"It's always a great feeling to score, but I have not been playing much. So I told myself that if I get a run today (yesterday), I am going to do my best (to score). So it means a lot to me (to score), as this show the coaches that I can score goals. They just need to give me more opportunities and I can do more of this," he told The Gleaner after the game.
trying to build
The former St Jago high player is now looking to build on what he did yesterday, so that he can demand more game time as the season progresses.
"I want to continue on from this and score some goals, so I can get even more playing time as we move closer to the play-offs," he added.
Humble Lion controlled the tempo for the first half and should have equalised just past the half hour mark, but Francois Swaby's overhead kick came off the post before being cleared.
UWI looked dangerous through the first period, but wasted their chances to add to their tally.
However, after the break, it was all Humble Lion.
The visitors pinned their opponents in defence for the first 20-plus minutes, but squandered chance after chance to draw level, with Michael Moreland, Swaby, Jermaine Christian, and Sharpe, who came on as a second-half substitute, all missing good opportunities.
UWI themselves had a great chance to kill the game off on 83 minutes after Brown left the Humble Lion defence for dead and crossed to Anthony Greenland, who mis-kicked, but the ball fell kindly to Jerondy Henry, who blasted over from eight yards.
Minutes later, Humble Lion ventured down field, and when the ball came into the area, the lively Sharpe was on hand to help the ball past a desperate Leighton Donaldson in goal.
Christian then had two great chances to give Humble Lion three points at the death. First he placed his shot wide of the target with only Donaldson to beat on 90 minutes, then in added time, the ball got stuck under his boot five yards out with Donaldson at his mercy.
Both coaches thought it was a fair result.
"We ended the game well. We took too long to get going. We really stepped up the tempo in the last 25 minutes and looked how we wanted to. It was just a pity we couldn't get the winning goal in the end," Humble Lion's coach Vassell Reynolds surmised.
UWI's Marcel Gayle commented: "It ended up being a fair result and a fair game. We dominated the first half; they took over the second-half. But we stood up and could have taken three points."
Humble Lion stayed fourth with 23 points, while the point put UWI level with seventh-place Reno on 23 points.
Meanwhile, Portmore reclaimed sole leadership of the standings after Javon East's brace led them to a 5-1 beating of Reno at Juici Patties field. Portmore have 37 points, three clear of Montego Bay United, who play against Tivoli in the Monday night game.
Cavalier returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Boys' Town, and Harbour View and Rivoli drew 0-0 in the other games played yesterday.
- Livingston Scott