Christian aims to lead Humble Lion into semis
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Humble Lion's winning run, under the guidance of former national Under-20 coach, Donovan Duckie, continued in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Monday night.
The Clarendon-based team recorded their fourth straight win since Duckie took over and their eighth overall, thanks to a captain's strike from Jermaine Christian in the 64th minute, for a 1-0 win over Rivoli United.
With the win they moved into the top half of the table on 28 points, to sit a place and a point behind fifth-placed Rivoli United.
"Right now, we just want to continue on this unbeaten streak and create history for Humble Lion. We have never been to the semi-finals before, so we are vying for that; one, two, three or four, it does not matter. We just want one of them," Christian said at the end of the game played at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
Christian, who formerly represented neighbouring Sporting Central Academy and Denbigh High School, gave coach Donovan Duckie credit for lifting the team.
"There are a lot of things that have changed since this new coach has taken over. Duckie is an excellent coach and we just have to take on board what he has been trying to teach us and execute it. If we do that then we will achieve our goals," the 15-year resident of Effortville, home of the club, said.
His own performance, Christian said, was influenced by Duckie's guidance.
"As the coach says to us, we should just come and have fun as we have put in the hard work in training, so matches are all about execution and I think we did that this evening. With that done we were good, and I would say I had a good performance because of that," said Christian, whose goal was set up by a wonderful defence-splitting pass from Wolry Wolfe.
For Christian, who has scored in the last three games and five overall, good things will continue to come from him throughout the season.
"You can expect a lot from me. The team is depending on me right now, and I can tell you we will get into the semi-finals, and then a lot of teams will know who Humble Lion really are.
"I am pleased with what has happened since I decided to come home to my community as I am from Effortville. I played for Sporting Central since I was at Denbigh High, but then I just got the urge to come home. I am home and I can't complain. We will do great things if we continue," Christian pledged.