Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Where they failed in the first round, Harbour View succeeded in the second by winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second end-of-round final, and in a convincing fashion.
Goals by Joel Senior in the 16th minute and Jermaine Hue in the 45th ensured that Harbour View, dubbed the 'Stars of the East', were the real stars of the east as they defeated the other east Kingston-based RSPL team comfortably. The victory made sure Harbour View bettered their performance of the first end-of-round final, when they were beaten by Boys' Town.
"I am very pleased with this performance," a beaming head coach Vin Blaine said after claiming his first title as coach of the team he co-founded. He took over as head coach in the off season.
"The difference between this final and the first round one is that a number of the players who played this evening were not involved then and they really came out and played some good football," he continued.
Harbour View were totally dominant as they took the action to a tentative Cavalier, as Evan Taylor bossed the midfield and reminded of the reasons why former technical director, Rene Simoes, selected him in 2008 to be part of the 2010 World Cup campaign. Taylor was all action, breaking up attacks and creating opportunities.
For Cavalier, only goalkeeper Gariece McPherson and midfielder Jeffrey Henry seemed able to cope with the Harbour View players. Girvon Brown did not look himself, while Fabian Nethersole added life when he entered the field.
"We would have been satisfied with another goal, but two goals in the end-of-round final is good. I am happy with the result and I am hoping that this will be a good fillip into the third round," Blaine said of his team which currently enjoys an eight-point lead at the top of the table and harbour thoughts of going all the way.
Cavalier's David Laylor was disappointed, but positive.
"No one would be happy with losing any game, but getting to the final was good for us," said Laylor.
His team, he said, suffered from their slow start.
"We started out slowly and gave up two soft goals, but we made some adjustments in the second half.
"That (improved performance) is good for our self-belief and what we have to do now is to keep focused. We have demonstrated that self-belief in the second round and we need to continue that in the third round," Laylor explained.
If Cavalier are to make a mark in the rest of the competition, Laylor acknowledged that they will have to recruit talent before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. New signings at the club are national representative and former Arnett Gardens player Rohan Reid, and Richard White, a forward from England.
"He (White) is a goalscorer and we could use that. (Claudious) Blackburn has been scoring goals for us, but he needs help. We need to score more goals. Goals win matches," Laylor stated.
Full Caption: Harbour View Football Club captain, Montrose Phinn (centre), lifts the trophy for winning the Red Stripe Premier League second end-of-round final, as he and teammates celebrate their 2-0 finals win over Cavalier Soccer Club at Drewsland Mini Stadium on Monday night. Among those congratulating the champions are Jomo Cato (left), head of marketing, Red Stripe, who made the trophy presentation, Captain Horace Burrell (second right, front), president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Edward Seaga (right), chairman, Premier League Clubs Association, and Natalie Neita-Headley (third right, partly hidden), minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for sport. - Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer