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H View’s Bernard gives up semi-final chase in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 3:00 AMLivingston Scott
Montego Bay United's Ronaldo Rodney (left) is on the receiving end of a tackle by Arnett Gardens' Jason Moore (centre), while Rodney's teammate looks on during their Red Stripe Premier League football encounter at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday. Arnett won 2-1.

Three weeks ago, Harbour View were in pole position to secure the last remaining Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL)

semi-final spot, even though they only led UWI on goal

difference.

However, three matches later following two draws and a loss the Stars of the East have sunk two places down the table to sixth, five points adrift of fourth place UWI (45) and four behind fifth place Humble Lion with two matches to go.

One of those rounds will be played today, with Harbour View hosting Arnett Gardens at Harbour View Stadium.

Following the team's 1-1 draw with Reno at home on Sunday, Harbour View's head coach Ludlow Bernard is willing to accept that the team will not make the last four this

season.

"We as the coaches will have to look into ourselves, do some introspection and find out if we were going about the business in a manner that could really get them over the hump. So we will have to review our position and take it from there," he told The Gleaner.

"But at the same time players have to be accountable. I am never going to complain about the content or quality of the squad because I believe the quality was good enough for us to execute on each day.

"But at the same time, there seems to be a lack of desire and attitude, and it was very exemplary today (Sunday) with that opportunity Ranique Muir got at the back post, when he chose to simply tapped home when he should have really rammed home the advantage in a very decisive way and I think that speaks to the type of attitude that our players have, so it is a two-way street," he reasoned.

Harbour View controlled the first-half against Reno and went ahead through Muir after 17 minutes. The hosts then wasted great chances to extend their lead through Muir, Evan Taylor and Mark English.

However, Reno found an equaliser in the 79th minute through Renario Downswell and then came inches to taking the three points twice at the death.

"Clearly it wasn't the result we planned for all week," Bernard commented. "It's very disappointing with what transpired here this evening (Sunday).

"We were in control and should have come away with all three points as we got some very good one v one with the goalkeeper and failed to capitalise and as usual you pay the price for those instances.

"Also, probably we were a little slack at the back and that caused us to concede the goal, so I think it's lights out for us. It is going to be highly improbable for us to get back (in semi-final race) and I am willing to concede at this moment," he stated.

Today's matches

Boys' Town vs Tivoli Gardens at Barbican Stadium

Harbour View vs Arnett Gardens at Harbour View Stadium

Humble Lion vs Cavalier at Effortville Community Centre

Portmore United vs UWI FC at Juici Park, Clarendon

Rivoli United vs MoBay United at Spanish Town Prison Oval

Waterhouse vs FC Reno at Drewsland

All matches start at 3:30 p.m.