Contrasting views after stalemate in MoBay
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Harbour View, the beaten mid-season finalists and current leaders of the 2012-13 Red Stripe Premier League, had to settle for a mere one point on Sunday night as they were held to a 0-0 draw by mid-table outfit Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) at Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James.
By virtue of the shared points, Harbour View maintain a three-point lead atop the standings in the 12-team competition as they moved up from 25 to 26 points. For their part, MBUFC eased into the top half of the competition, moving from 17 to 18 points and into fifth place.
For Harbour View, who were gunning to move beyond the disappointment of their mid-season final loss to Boy's Town, stand-in coach Harold Thomas said that while he thought his team could have won with a little more luck, the 0-0 scoreline was a fair result.
"Both teams played very well, so I believe the final result was a fair one," said Thomas. "Personally, I believe we got the better chances, but we did not put away any. But it is okay, a point is a fair result."
For MBUFC's coach, Dr Dean Weatherley, the draw was tantamount to a loss based on the team's projection in regards to their expectations from home games.
"Our plan is to win all our home games, so a draw is like a defeat because we did not achieve our objective," said Weatherley, who has transformed the team from strugglers to legitimate contenders since Brazilian Nedier Dos Santos quit as head coach.
"We just have to get back to the drawing board and correct the offensive mistakes we made," added Weatherley. "We are going to fix the problems and get ready for our next game against Tivoli Gardens on Sunday."
Harbour View wasted the easiest of chances in the 39th minute when John Ross Edwards pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area, but his shot cleared the crossbar, much to the dismay of his teammates.
In the second half MBUFC got the better opportunities as Olivier Trail, Dino Williams and Brian Brown added extra firepower, but the chances were wasted.
However, Harbour View almost won the game in the 80th minute when a Jermaine Hue free kick seemed destined for goal, before a diving goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett turned the ball against the upright. The ball was eventually cleared after a goalmouth scramble.