Thomas delighted at scoring stunner
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Harbour View striker Rafeik Thomas said he was delighted to have scored his team's opening goal, which ignited a 2-0 beating of title-rivals Tivoli Gardens in Digicel Premier League action at Harbour View Mini Stadium on Sunday.
Thomas, who hails from west Kingston and once represented the orange-and-black-clad standard-bearers, scored an eye-popping goal from 20 yards out, which gave Harbour View the lead in the 49th minute.
John Ross Edwards, with a goal 15 minutes later, secured the win for the Stars of the East.
Thomas' goal came after both teams had shared possession in a relatively dull first half.
The recipient of a pass at the top right hand corner of the penalty area, Thomas wheeled past defenders before firing a scorcher, which beat the outstretched arms of Scott and landed in the 'pigeon hole'.
"It was a beauty and I loved it. It's one of my best goals," said Thomas.
"There was a small opening, but I thought that once I hit it right anything could happen.
"It's always good to score goals and, in important matches like these, it means even more," he added.
Edwards' goal, was somewhat of a fluke as, after firing a low, soft grounder, goalkeeper Edsel Scott allowed the ball to creep under his body.
The win propelled Harbour View to 60 points and back to the top of the standings. Tivoli are second on 57 points.
"I said to the team at half-time that we were not doing anything wrong," said Donovan Hayles, Harbour View's coach. "I also told them they were showing too much respect to Tivoli as I didn't think they were playing that well.
"So to see them come out in the second half and did what they did I am proud," Hayles added.
Tivoli's coach, Lenworth Hyde Sr., gave credit to Harbour View for their victory.
"It's just one of those games. We played poorly and Harbour View took full advantage. We will just have to bounce back and dust ourselves off, something I know we will be able to do," Hyde said.
Digicel Premier League standings after matches played on Sunday
(Tabulate under Teams, P-Play, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Lose, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, Pts-Points)
TeamsPWDLGFGAGDPTSH View30186640202060Tivoli301512347212657W'house30127113032-243St Georges30101282421342Boys' Town30101192523241Rivoli30812103133-236Village30812102431-736Arnett30810122733-634H Lion 30810122632-634August Twn3097142538-1334Portmore3089131826-833Sporting30612122229 -730
Tivoli Gardens vs St Georges at Edward Seaga Sports Complex at 5 p.m.
Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 4 p.m.
Village United vs Arnett Gardens at Elleston Wakeland Centre at 3:30 p.m.
Sporting Central Academy vs Waterhouse at Brancourt at 3:30 p.m.
Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Mini Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
Boys' Town vs August Town at Collie Smith Drive at 3:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Times are subject to change.