Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
They say a drowning man catcheth at a straw. Well, Highgate United, with relegation staring them in their face, know all about that as they fought hard to eke out a 3-2 victory over Sporting Central Academy, a team that is also in a spot of bother, at Brancourt on Sunday.
The St Mary aggregation threw everything at Sporting, including the kitchen sink, as they pressed the Clarendon-based team to end the first half with a three-goal cushion.
It was Carlos Barrett who turned hero for Highgate, by scoring a brace after an opening goal by Richard Allison.
Sporting turned up the heat in the second half and pressed Highgate at length. They got two goals for their efforts courtesy of Jamoly Powell and a well-executed header by schoolboy Corey Hylton, but it was too little, too late.
Barrett was happy for the victory.
He said: "I am elated. I decided to stay with the youth, because I see that they have the potential, and fight the relegation. I decided to come out today and do it for my team. From I see I get the first one, I just pushed for another and it worked out for us."
Barrett was like a thorn in Sporting's side all game as he tormented his opponents with some hard running throughout.
He was unlucky not to have scored a hat-trick after getting another clear chance late in the second half.
Highgate have suffered an exodus of some senior players in the January transfer window, including former captain Anthowe Dawkins, who moved to Arnett Gardens, and Roberto Fletcher, who transferred to Humble Lion.
However, the former Portmore United player is confident his team can avoid the drop.
"We have been playing good, we just weren't scoring," he said. "I have gone seven goals so far and I am looking at scoring more goals in the upcoming games to help my team stay in the league."