Lion rip August Town to shreds
Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Humble Lion gave their strongest impression yet of wanting to be around for next season's Digicel Premier League when they turned in a superb second-half performance to outclass August Town 4-1 at the Effortvile Community Centre on Sunday.
Roberto Fletcher gave them the perfect start, hitting home an effective pass from Kimroy Davis.
Two almost lethal free-kicks by August Town's Daniel Shaw - one which veered just right of the upright and the other which goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers did well to parry for his defenders to clear, theatened to spoil the almost party-like atmoshpere inside the newly renovated complex.
Bouyed on by perhaps the biggest crowd support since the start of the season, the home side always looked in control.
Deejays kept the place abuzz during the half-time interval, swelling the atmosphere at the kick-off with the hope that more goals would come. They didnt have to wait long as an August Town defender handled the ball. The tall lanky Davis made no mistake from the penalty spot for a 2-0 lead in the 49th minute.
Even greater was the noise level six minutes later when Kevin Mighty, a favoured one there, rose high to head home a high cross, spooned in from the right side by Fletcher for his first goal in months.
A three-goal cushion seemed satisfying and impregnable. There appeared no alarm in the 87th minute when Referee Karl Tyrell offered a second penalty kick - this time to the visitors - which Shaw easily converted.
For two minutes, Shaw's goal appeared an anti-climax. However, befitting the club's tradition in these parts, another dreadlocked player would provide the biggest uproar. It came in the form of the game's best goal: a 25-yard rocket by Loxley Thomas, which got them jumping.
It was the second time Humble Lion were dishing out such rough treatment to a bottom-tier side - having done so to Rivoli at the same venue on February 28.
It could be their most important win as coach Christopher Bender reckons he needs another four points from the remaining three games to seal the deal.
They have jumped to 41 points, one behind Portmore, but more important, three ahead of Arnett Gardens.
Humble Lion's parish mates, Sporting Central, and August Town, are five points adrift on 36.