Mountain View hold Harbour View in Jackie Bell KO
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Mountain View came from behind to hold Harbour View to a 2-2 draw in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell knockout competition round of 16 first-leg match at Excelsior High School, yesterday.
Harbour View jumped into a 2-0 lead after Kimorlee Brissett and Roland Dean netted in either half. Brissett's seemingly tame shot surprisingly went through the legs of Mountain View goalkeeper Dwayne Colley in the 38th minute. Dean increased the lead for the visitors when he slotted into the open goal in the 56th minute from close range. The skilful midfielder Romario 'Rom Rom' Campbell eluded two defenders and the goalkeeper then crossed to Dean.
Mountain View hit back late in the match with goals by Shawn McDonald in the 76th minute and Kevin 'Keegan' Blair five minutes later.
Super League campaigners Mountain View showed no fear of the Red Stripe Premier League leaders, Harbour View. Both teams tried to put their passes together but that was made difficult because of the windy condition and rough surface.
Harbour View's head coach Vin Blaine blamed the surface and wind as well as complacency for his team's poor performance.
"We brought in an entirely different team for this game, but after going 2-0 up, the team became complacent," the coach said. " I am not pleased as these players are players who are looking for first team places. They had to come out and prove themselves, but they didn't."
Mountain View's coach Wayne Campbell praised his team for coming from behind against a top premier league team. "Considering we were down, it is a good result for the team as Harbour View are a very organised club," Campbell added.
With the return game set for next week, the coach who is already looking forward to another gutsy performance by his team believes "(yesterday's) game will serve as a boost in confidence for us going forward."
In the day's other first-leg games, Syd Bartlett team Whitfield surprised premier league side Waterhouse 2-1 at Greenwich Town All Age School, while Major League contenders Maxfield Park clipped premier league side Cavalier 1-0, courtesy of a goal by Keno Simpson in the 23rd minute at Maxfield Park.
The game between Arnett Gardens and Santos at the Bell Chung Stadium was not played as the home team did not show up.