Coach unhappy as Cavalier miss fat chance

Published: Tuesday | December 24, 2013 Comments 0
Cavalier's Chevonne Marsh is fouled by Harbour View's Xavian Virgo during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Stadium East playing field on Sunday. The game ended 1-1. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Cavalier's Chevonne Marsh is fouled by Harbour View's Xavian Virgo during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Stadium East playing field on Sunday. The game ended 1-1. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Coach of Cavalier, David Laylor, is disappointed after his team missed a glorious opportunity to beat Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions and current leaders, Harbour View FC, in round 14 at Stadium East on Sunday.

Harbour View took the lead when James Durrant netted in the 21st minute, but six minutes later Cavalier levelled courtesy of Girvon Brown, as the game ended 1-1.

However, Cavalier missed a 'sitter' in the dying moments.

"I really think that we should have won the game. A simple chance at the end by our standard and we should have scored that goal and put away this Harbour View team," Laylor told The Gleaner in reference to a chance muffed from six yards by Claudious Blackburn.

Cavalier returned to the Premier League last season after a 17-year absence.

"We are yet to beat them in the last two seasons," the coach disclosed.

"We need to start scoring and I think we are struggling in that department. We need to find that clinical finisher," Laylor continued.

Meanwhile, Harbour View's coach, Harold Thomas, said his team was missing a number of key players such as the competition's top marksman, Brian 'Rambo' Brown, Keith Kelly, Montrose Phinn and Dicoy Williams.

ENOUGH CHANCES

"It was a tough game as we operated without regular players, but I thought that we had enough chances to carry home the three points," Thomas said.

Harbour View came into the game on the back of a seven-game win streak and was expected to continue on that form. However, that did not happen. They remain in pole position on 30 points, four clear of Montego Bay United (26), followed by Waterhouse (21) and Humble Lion (20) in the top four.

At the completion of the preliminary stage, the top four finishers will enter the knockout stage for the title. That format was reintroduced this season after Harbour View won with the most points in a straight league format last season.

The RSPL is on a two-week break and is set to resume on January 5 next year.


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