MAY PEN, Clarendon — Goalkeeper Garth Herron emerged the hero as Humble Lion jumped two places up to fifth in the Red Stripe Premiership with a hard-fought victory over Boys' Town at Effortville yesterday.
Captain Omando McLeod scored the only goal of the game on minute 44 with a cheeky lob over an indecisive Boys' Town goalie Kirk Porter.
It was, however, Herron who secured all three points for the hosts with a brilliant one-handed save from Rafiek Thomas'
retaken 77th-minute penalty.
Thomas, the league's leading scorer, dispatched the initial spot kick with aplomb, but fluffed the second one after referee Kevin Thomas ordered a re-take for encroachment from Thomas' teammates.
With the win, their third on the trot, Humble Lion improved their points total to 12 and in the process leapfrogged the idle Tivoli Gardens (10) and the plummeting Savannah (10), who lost 0-1 to Highgate United at Frome, on the 12-team table.
"We are very pleased with the effort of the players," Humble Lion assistant coach Max Straw said. "It was a gutsy performance and we are pleased with the result."
For Boys' Town, the result snapped a three-game winning streak, but should be good enough to keep them at least in the top-four on 15 points.
"I think we played well enough to get something out of the game, but we were a bit unfortunate," coach Andrew Price said.