'Harbour View didn't give me a real chance' - Murray returns to haunt old team in RSPL clash
After Colorado Murray's match-winning performance on Sunday, sections of the Harbour View Football Club were left pondering what could have been. The 23-year-old striker, whose double strike propelled Tivoli Gardens to a 5-1 beating of the 'Stars of the East', was once 'schooled' by the latter club.
"I feel good beating them right now because I did not get the chance at Harbour View to play in the Premier League, and scoring on them twice is a great feeling, but I just have to thank God for everything," the midfielder-turned-forward said with glee at the end of the game.
Eleventh-placed Harbour View were on a three-game run of positive results and would have benefited from the clinical finishing of Murray as they, too, had opportunities to draw or even win the game. Tivoli, for their part, jumped two places up to third, one behind Arnett Gardens and four behind leaders Portmore United.
"Prior to this club, I played for Harbour View from Under-13 up to Under-20, and I actually made the transition to Tivoli Gardens when I did not get to go to college overseas, so actually, Harbour View was my first club.
"Yes, I grew up in Tivoli Gardens but played for Harbour View, but now I am back home and feeling quite good and at home," explained Murray, as he acknowledged the presence of his mother, Tanisha Spence.
While he always had the ability to get goals, Murray said that he did not see himself as a forward and that it was only on the insistence of coach Omar Edwards that he moved further forward from midfield.
"Previously, I played midfield, but I have now been thrust into the forward role, and I have to put in a whole lot of work. I made the transition from midfield to forward last year on the insistence of my coach.
"It was a lot of pressure to change from midfield to forward, and it came with a lot of hard work," said the man who has so far found the back of the net five times so far this season.
Last season, he scored nine goals, and he is looking to do much better this season.
"I scored nine goals last season and I have five now, and I just have to thank God. I am looking for 15-20 goals this season because I want to be the leading scorer. To get to that point, I just need to shoot more as that is a strength of mine. I think I am doing less shooting, so I need to work on that, as well as my off-the-ball movement," explained the former Excelsior High School student.
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portmore 12 7 3 2 21 13 8 24
Arnett 12 6 3 3 17 12 5 21
Tivoli 12 6 2 4 15 11 4 20
Mt Pleasant 11 6 2 3 10 7 3 20
Waterhouse 12 4 6 2 16 10 6 18
H. Lion 12 4 5 3 14 11 3 17
UWIFC 12 5 2 5 12 10 2 17
Cavalier 11 4 4 3 15 10 5 16
Reno 12 3 2 7 8 15 -7 11
MoBay United 12 2 5 5 8 18 -10 11
H.View 12 2 4 6 9 21 -12 10
Dunbeholden 12 2 2 8 12 17 -5 8