Bryan a key man for Harbour View
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Kavin Bryan scored his fourth goal in six games to help Harbour View see off St Georges 3-1 in their rescheduled Digicel Premier League match on Wednesday at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.
The victory moved Harbour View back to the summit of the league on 54 points, three ahead of defending champions Tivoli Gardens. They had an additional reason to smile as during the half-time break the club was presented with a cheque from sponsor Purity valued at $800, 000.
Bryan, who did not join the Stars of the East until the latter part of the second round as he was away on loan with Norwegian club, Notodden, opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he collected a ball with his back to goal close to the half line. He then turned a defender and raced into the 18-yard box where he expertly placed his shot past the St Georges keeper, Randal Huie.
Harbour View's coach, Donovan Hayles had nothing but praise for the forward who he deems significant to the team.
Hayles said: "Kavin has been quite significant to the team because he is very knowledgeable and a senior player with experience. He is more than a handful for any defence as he accounts for up to three defenders each time he plays and once he is on song, he is going to be very difficult to contain and it allows other players to get space. (Andre) Fagan, who was having a very lean spell in scoring goals early with the advent of Kavin (Bryan) up front, came on with two goals and now he is getting goals. So it is good for the team overall and it really takes pressure off the team because we were creating a lot of chances but we weren't putting them away, so with a Kavin Bryan with that experience, we know that when we play a game, there is a high possibility of us getting a goal."
Fagan got the second goal for Harbour View in the 40th minute after turning two defenders before scoring a well-taken goal. Substitute Marcelino Blackburn rounded off the scoring in the 89th minute with a clever free kick from 21 yards out which he hit all along the ground beating Huie at his near post. St Georges captain, Jermaine Taylor, scored his team's consola-tion in the 48th minute with a powerful drive from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Raymond Gordon, assistant coach of St Georges, blamed the loss on lack of discipline and failure to follow instructions.
"We lacked basic discipline; the instructions weren't followed out to the maximum. We have basic instructions in terms of coverage and going forward and we ended up conceding two goals because we tried to play the ball backward when the passes were there going forward."