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Humble Lion rip Barbican to pieces

Published:Thursday | January 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

Yesterday's Red Stripe Premier League football clash between Humble Lion and Barbican could have been considered metaphorically as lions versus kittens, where Clarendonians Humble Lion ran out easy 4-0 winners over the league newcomers, who suffered another humiliating home loss at Barbican playing field.

The result ensured Humble Lion climbed to seventh with 22 points, courtesy of a better goal difference than Cavalier, who will tackle Arnett Gardens today at Stadium East at 4:30 p.m.

Roberto Fletcher led the scoring with a double, the goals coming in minutes five and 23, while he assisted Sean Coleman in the 17th minute. Humble Lion's fourth was scored by Devon Hodges in the 31st minute.

Despite the domineering Lions ending the first half 4-0, a change in tactical play saw them drop tempo to playing less direct and passing more in the second half.

New players

On the other hand, Barbican defended deep to prevent further scoring and may have scored but for Ricardo Campbell, who miraculously headed off the line to deny them getting on the scoresheet.

Barbican fielded three new players yesterday, inclusive of midfielder Akeem Brown and forward Nicholas Smith, but to no avail.

The inspiring Steve Green was out injured, while youngster Shaquille 'Driver' Lewis was a no show.

Humble Lion's coach, Donovan Duckie, was pleased with the win.

"We were better than Barbican not just by four goals, but with ball possession and first touch. My guys gave 100 per cent, and I am happy with that performance," he said.

Coach Raymond Beckford bemoaned Barbican's poor home form.

"We wanted at least a point, but were too flat. We have not been playing well at home and have to diagnose that," he assessed.