Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Harbour View coach Vin Blaine says his team has been playing good football from the start of the season, and all he is asking his players at the moment is to be consistent.
The Stars of the East, as they are affectionately called, recorded a 4-0 win over Cavalier on Sunday in the Red Stripe Premier League and are current leaders of the league on goal difference over Arnett Gardens and Sporting Central.
All three teams have 16 points.
"I think we have been hitting our stride since the start of the season," said Blaine.
"It is just that we were unfortunate in our first couple of games whereby our goalkeeper made some errors or else we would have been far ahead (in the standings) right now."
The victory, which was Harbour View's fourth win in five matches, meant that for the first time this season, they were occupying the number one position in the league.
However, it nearly could not have been. They were the slower of the two teams to get going, and had it not been for two missed chances by Cavalier's forward Claudious Blackburn in the 5th and 10th minutes, they could have been two nil down.
However, that was not to be as after assessing their opponents, they came into their own and scored in the 28th, 38th, 65th and 77th minutes courtesy of John-Ross Edwards, Jermie Lynch, Damion Harwood and Ranique Nuir, respectively.
"I think tonight was a good performance overall as when you get four goals in a match you have to be thankful," said Blaine.
"I think in the first 15 minutes or so they were in the game. I don't think my guys got used to conditions quick enough.
"But if they did not score I know we would be in the game and I said to my team one goal and they will lose their rhythm, and that is what happened.
Cavalier assistant coach, David Laylor, agreed that not scoring their early chances threw them off their game plan.
"At the end of the day it may come across as a whitewash, but I would not put it that way," he said.
"I just believe that we did not score our goals and they scored theirs. It was a real open game."
Laylor also went on to try and put their season in perspective so far given the fact that they were losing their fourth-successive game and six overall from eight starts.
"We are not fully into our stride, but we are trying to fix it nevertheless," he said.
"We are yet to find the right blend and gel of players, and have a couple of injuries now, and have been trying to find some players who we believe should be able to do the work. But it is just not working out at the moment."