H View escape with draw
Harbour View FC returned to capital city Kingston following a morale-boosting 0-0 draw yesterday at Wespow Park, the home of Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU).
Down in the doldrums of the league table, Harbour View had a superb game from goalkeeper Joel Johnson, who made four spectacular diving saves late in the second half to deny MBU the win.
The visitors were left to complete the game with 10 players, after Ricardo Harriott was issued a second caution for a crunching tackle on forward Dino Williams in the 67th minute.
Williams had earlier picked up his customary caution also, when the referee booked him for lashing out at his marker. But the striker did have an early chance in the sixth minute in an otherwise cold display, but Joel was in the right place to scoop the ball up.
Harbour View, sitting last in the table with three points, stemmed their tide of losses with yesterday's draw. They previously recorded a single victory and three straight losses.
However, they will feel they are on the right track, following the draw at MBU, as mentioned by coach Ludlow Bernard.
"We came not to lose and having drawn the game I think a point is good enough," Bernard said.
"I lift my hat to all the players and I give them credit for playing hard from start to end. Apart from that it was a great game and we look forward to moving out of the danger zone," added Bernard.
He had Johnson to thank, as the keeper made some fantastic saves to deny Allan Ottey and Dwayne Ambusley.
His dive to the right to stop a rare attempt at goal for the MBU captain was the pick of the lot and highlighted Harbour View's confidence as the match wore on.
Slavisa Bozicic, MBU's Serbian technical director, decried his team's many missed chances, stating his players were unlucky not to score, but vowed they will rebound in their next outing.
"We had many chances to score but just couldn't hit the target today. It was an otherwise good match. The opposition played hard and the result, although we would have preferred a win, is not a bad one," said Bozicic.