Harbour View, Reno showdown
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Harbour View and Reno battled to a dramatic 3-3 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) third round at Harbour View Stadium yesterday.
Reno's leading goalscorer, Craig Foster, hit a brace in the 54th and 89th minutes after Afiba Chambers netted in the 16th.
Harbour View's goals were scored by John Ross-Edwards (82nd), Kemar Lawrence (85th) and substitute McKaully Tulloch (86th).
The visitors went 2-0 up, but the home team fought back gallantly and scored three times inside four minutes late in the game. However, Foster's fourth goal in three games ensured his team a share of the points.
Another drama unfolded in the game when referee Kevin Morrison mistakenly booked goalscorer Chambers for a second yellow card and showed him the red card.
However, the player pleaded that it was a first yellow and it was confirmed by FIFA referee Stacey-Ann Grayson that he had indeed picked up one yellow. Chambers remained on the pitch.
Both teams also wasted some clear chances, but in the end, the small-size crowd enjoyed some good goals, especially a 35-yard strike by Edwards.
Foster was happy that he scored a double that gave the team a point away from home.
"I thought we played good football today (yesterday), but we lapsed and they scored three times inside four minutes," Foster told The Gleaner.
"Well, I'm naturally happy to be scoring goals for my club. I'm working hard and hope the rich form will continue to help Reno gain points," he added.
HAPPY FOR THE POINT
Coach of Reno, Patrick Graham, was also pleased that his team earned a point on the road to remain unbeaten on five points from three games.
"Most definitely satisfied to get a point away. I can't complain. We have to work on the defensive area of the game as the team has given up goals in the three games," Graham said.
Meanwhile, Harbour View's coach, Andrew Hines, was disappointed that his team did not walk away with maximum points.
"I'm somewhat disappointed with the result after going ahead late in the game," Hines said.
"We will continue working hard in training as it is early days in the competition. No need to panic after three games," he added.
The game between Rivoli and Sporting Central was not played because several Rivoli players were down with Chikungunya.