Harbour View's experience got them through
Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer
Harbour View's André Steel (centre) battles for possession with Sporting Central's Damarley Samuels (left), as Harbour View's captain, Lovel Palmer, watches during a Digicel Premier League match at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium last Sunday. Harbour View won 1-0. - Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer
Harbour View's coach, Donovan Hayles, said the level of maturity displayed by his team was crucial to their 1-0 victory over Clarendon's Sporting Central Academy in their Digicel Premier League match at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.
Kavin Bryan made the all-important strike, scoring in the 44th minute as a result of a counter-attacking play.
Hayles said his team played a patient game and exploited Sporting Central's inexperience to chalk up an important three points.
"I think that it was important to maintain our
He added that Sporting's fast start wasn't a surprise to him and urged his team to be "patient, track and work hard".
Hayles noted: "While they (Sporting) were playing good, as a young team there is a lot of inexperience there ... . We were able to take control of the game and scored a goal against the run of play, which was good for us," he said.
Sporting youngsters Damarley Samuels, Alanzo Adlam, Levaughn Williams and Marlon Allen had the Harbour View defence under intense pressure, but faulty shooting let them down.
While Sporting dominated the first half, the second half was more evenly contested, as Harbour View's Jermaine Hue, André Steele, Kimarlee Brissett and Bryan took the fight to the Clarendon-based team and kept their one-goal advantage to record a crucial victory.
The win pushed Harbour View to 45 points, four ahead of second-place Tivoli Gardens (41), which defeated Humble Lions 2-0, and five ahead of Waterhouse (40), which drew 0-0 with Rivoli United. Sporting remained in sixth position on 28 points.
Sporting Central's Nigel Stewart said poor finishing cost his team.
"If the other team scores and we don't, then we lose. We dominated the first half and Harbour View scored from a mêlée. We knocked the ball around, we played well but the goal was not coming."