Village Utd shock Harbour View
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Village United took a giant step towards sealing a place in the top six in the Digicel Premier League (DPL) yesterday afternoon when they surprised high-riding Harbour View 2-1 in their game at the Elliston Wakeland Youth Centre in Falmouth.
In a game steeped in intensity but lacking real quality, the Cassman Williams-coached Village United scored through Dino Williams (19th) and Delroy Ellis (83rd), while Harbour View, which were knocked off the top of the standings, got their consolation goal from Andre Fagan (84th).
Village United team, which started the game in seventh place on 37 points, increased their tally to 40, while Harbour View, which remain on the 61 points, have now been overtaken by defending champions Tivoli Gardens, who moved to 63 with a 2-0 win over Rivoli United at Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
"Honestly, I don't believe we played well today because we gave the Harbour View team too much space to do what they wanted to do," said Williams. "However, the important thing is that we went into the game to get all three points and we did just that."
For Harbour View's coach Donovan Hayles, who lost his main player Jermaine Hue to a red card late in the game, his team simply failed to perform and paid the price for their less-than-desirable effort.
"We did not play well today. I don't know if it was a result of the long travelling but we failed to sparkle," said Hayles.
AT EDWARD SEAGA SPORTS COMPLEX: Tivoli's first goal, a beauty, was scored by Keammar Daley in the 74th minute, while Jermaine Ricketts rounded off the scoring in the 83rd minute.
"We have to try and win every game when we play ... every game is like a final to us," said Tivoli's coach, Lenworth Hyde Sr.
AT FERDIE NEITA PARK: Portmore United were unlucky not to come away with all three points.
Ricardo Cousins scored in the 10th minute to give Portmore an early lead. However, Portmore United gifted St Georges a goal in the 52nd minute when Brian Bayliss kicked St Georges' Leon Irving in the chest in the 18-yard box and referee Raymond Bogle pointed to the penalty spot. Dwayne Holmes scored the spot kick to make it 1-1.
Portmore, which dominated most of the game, got three clear chances to win the contest in the last 25 minutes.
Tivoli 2 Rivoli 0
Portmore 1 St Georges 1
Village 2 H View 1
Humble Lion 0 Arnett 0
Sporting 0 Boys' Town 0
Waterhouse 1 August Town 0
Digicel Premier League standings after matches played yesterday
(Tabulate under Teams, P-Play, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Lose, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, Pts-Points)
TeamsPWDLGFGAGDPTSTivoli321712352213163H View32187742231961W'house32138113132-147Boys' Town32111292623345St Georges32101392525043Rivoli32813113135-437Village32913102834-640Arnett32812122935-636H Lion 32812122733-636Portmore32811131927-835August Twn3297162540-1534Sporting32614122229 -732