'Tuffy' Anderson sends title race wide open ... Striker scores controversial goal to sink leaders Harbour View
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson slammed home his 18th goal of the season to maintain Waterhouse's hopes of wresting the 2012-2013 Red Stripe Premier League title away from Harbour View.
Anderson's 72nd-minute goal was enough to see Waterhouse get by the leaders Harbour View 1-0 in round 31 to reduced the Stars of the East's lead atop the 12-team standings to eight points
Harbour View are now on 61 points with seven rounds of games to be played, while second-place Waterhouse have progressed to 53 points.
The keenly contested affair was settled in a contentious manner as a quickly taken free kick, which was allowed by referee Raymond Bogle despite the ball appearing to be moving, was chipped over the top of Harbour View's defence by Hughan Gray to Anderson. Anderson also appeared to have clearly been in an offside position, but he was not flagged by assistant referee Kedlee Powell.
The powerfully built striker seized the opportunity to blast his shot pass the helpless Michaud Barrett in Harbour View's goal.
"I am disappointed by how the goal was scored, the man (Anderson) was offside by at least a yard," Harbour View's head coach, Vin Blaine, said. "The assistant referee was right beside it, so I am very disappointed losing that kind of way."
"It was not offside, it was the running off the ball that I used to kill the defence," Anderson countered.
Waterhouse's head coach, Junior Francis, was in total agreement with his striker, even though admitting that there may have been some element of luck involved.
"Football is full of luck, but in my opinion that was not offside," Francis said. "He is the leading goalscorer and our team is built around him, so we were looking forward to him scoring.
"We want the title and we will be going all out to win all of our remaining seven games."
Harbour were without their leading scorer Jermaine Hue and captain Montrose Phin, who are both away in Costa Rica with the national team. Blaine, however, believed this did not impact the game's outcome.
"Our players being missing had nothing to do with it, we played extremely well."