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Hyde still has eyes on prize

Published:Monday | April 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Humble Lion coach, Lenworth Hyde Sr, has not given up all hope of winning the Red Stripe Premier League title.

"Although it is unlikely that we can catch Portmore at this stage it is football and things can happen, and we want to know that when things happen we are in a position where we can capitalise," said Hyde, shortly after his team's 1-0 win over last year's champions Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

"... To come here and beat Tivoli, a feat we have not been able to achieve in a long while, feels good and the hope is to continue this form in our next game," he added.

The victors were led to victory courtesy of a free-kick from forward Denzil Watson in the 39th minute.

Humble Lion, with the win, moved to 54 points, 10 less than leaders Portmore United, who will tonight play away to Harbour View. Boys' Town, 57, and Waterhouse, 52, round off the top three.

all-important goal

Watson scored the all-important goal when he curled his shot from the edge of the 18-yard area past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper, Edsel Scott.

The goal brought Tivoli to life but thanks to goalkeeper Garth Heron, who made some point blank saves, they were kept at bay.

Humble Lions finished with 10 players after midfielder Adrian Mitchell was ejected in the 60th minute for foul play.

"It is a bad result for us. Our aim heading into the match was to get the win. If we cannot overtake Portmore we have our sights set on second place," said Tivoli defender Ranike Anderson, whose calm use of the ball and timely tackles made him a standout in the game.

"However we gave up a soft goal and could not come back. We now have four games remaining, which is a potential twelve points, so we will just have regroup and come again," he declared.