Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The real drama at the Harbour View Stadium came after the final whistle in the Red Stripe Premier League leaders' match against Montego Bay United, as two women engaged in an ugly brawl, which spilled over from the club's premises on to the streets.
When the dust had settled after bottles were hurled, attempts made to stab each other and clothes ripped - as persons tried desperately to separate them - it was realised that at least one of the women was closely associated to Harbour View's forward Andre Fagan, who had just helped his team to a 2-1 win over Montego Bay United.
Fagan provided the assist for his team's first goal, scored by Donovan Edwards in the third minute; with Richard Edwards heading in their other goal at the 69th minute.
This came after Dino Williams had pulled Montego Bay United level with a spectacular volley in the 16th minute, which he deemed to be the 'best' goal he has scored in the Premiership.
Onlookers speculated that the women were fighting over Fagan, who had recently returned to the island following a two-year stint playing in Vietnam. But the 25-year-old, who had to abandon his post-match shower and rush to the scene barely clad and rag in hand, as one of the women involved was the mother of his three-year-old child, dismissed the claims.
"I don't think it's (fight) over me, I think it is a different dilemma," the father of three reasoned. "They were friends, so I don't know what it is all about."
Fagan was left feeling 'disappointed' not only pertaining to the fight, but also the fact that he missed a few easy scoring opportunities during the match.
Nevertheless, Harbour View were able to triumph in the keenly contested game to progress to 48 points, 10 clear of second-place Portmore United (38).
Defending champions Portmore were supposed to have had the easier game against cellar dwellers Savannah, hence Harbour View's coach, Vin Blaine, thought it was important for his team to win their match. Portmore were, however, held to a 1-1 draw at home.
"We want to win our first three games because those are games we have to match Portmore, as they have probably the easier run, so we have to make sure that we win in case they win," Blaine said.
Montego Bay went into the game in fourth on 34 points, but were relegated to fifth by Boys' Town (37), which won 1-0 over sixth-place Cavalier (34). Montego Bay United's coach, Dr Dean Weatherly, believes that with his team now 14 points behind Harbour View with 15 rounds to be contested, it will be difficult to win the title, but not unattainable.
"It is not something that is impossible, but it is a tough task," Dr Weatherly said. "If you want to be champions you just have to play championship football."