Christian strikes late again for Humble Lion
Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
Jermaine Christian once again proved to be the hero for Humble Lion by scoring in the dying moments of extra time to give his team a 1-1 with Tivoli Gardens in a Red Stripe National Premier League encounter played at the Effortville Sports Club in Clarendon on Sunday.
The Lions found themselves with their backs against the wall playing with 10 men after the 30th minute when Fabian Pascoe was shown a red card, following two bookable offences. They went into deeper trouble when they went behind by a goal in the 72nd minute, scored by the hard-working Ranike Anderson of Tivoli.
With the seconds ticking away in injury time, Christian received a ball just inside the 18-yard box and calmly rifled a grounder to the far post which beat Edsel Scott and ends up sending the Humble Lion supporters into wild celebrations.
Christian was happy for once again coming to the rescue of his team to salvage a point.
"It's a joy for me, I got one (a chance) before that I should have scored but I instead passed to my teammate. When I got this, I said to myself that I had to make it count," Christian said. "I am feeling good because playing at home the spectators were giving us a hard time because we were down and time was running out. So drawing against a quality team like Tivoli, it is something for them (spectators) to cheer about."
Christian had no doubt he would have scored when he received the ball.
"From I got the ball, I knew that this was a goal because I saw the goalkeeper coming across so I just kicked it to where he was coming from," Christian said.
The talented midfielder had displayed similar heroics in a recent Monday night game against Arnett Gardens when he gave his team a share of the points when he scored just seconds before the final whistle.
"We should have won this game because we got our chances but we didn't capitalise on them, but we are happy for the point, because we couldn't afford to lose the game."
Christian added: "Our aim right now is to win our remaining seven games in this round. We are still in with a chance of finishing in the top six at the end of the round, so we just have to get our act together and be at our best in every game."