Savannah pip H'View for 2nd win in RSPL
FROME, Westmoreland — Newcomers Savannah FC continued their fairytale start in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with a 1-0 victory over seasoned campaigners Harbour View yesterday at the Frome Sports Complex.
The Westmoreland team claimed all three points in the game when Shane Anderson capitalised on a goalkeeping error in the 90th minute of play.
The win pushed the Patrick Graham-coached team to maximum six points from two wins in as many outings.
Meanwhile, the 'Stars of the East', who defeated Montego Bay United 2-1 last week, remain on three points.
After referee Karl Tyrell blew the whistle to signal the end of the game, Savannah's coach was on cloud nine. "I am elated. I am elated. We know that we are a young team, we have been putting in some work for the past two months. We know that it is a tough league, we have to take it one game at a time," an ecstatic Graham told the Jamaica Observer.
He attributed the victory to the preparation over the past two months and the players' unflinching attitude. "These players have a never-say-die mentality that is what I love about the team. No matter who we are playing we are always there to support each other and no matter how tough it gets we never say die. We always fight to the end."
On the other hand, Vin Blaine was very disappointed over his team's loss. "A bad one for us. We came to win the game. The conditions were a little bit heavy on the field and I don't think our players reacted to it very well. It is a goalkeeper's error in the end that gave it away. But this is what football is all about," rued Blaine.
Harbour View's goalkeeper Ashek Taylor must still be cursing his error which led to throwing away all the points from the game. Taylor advanced from his box to claim a ball for which Anderson was in hot pursuit.
Anderson robbed Taylor of the ball and slotted it into an empty net.
But for the goal, there was not much difference between both teams who engaged each other in end-to-end action for most of the game.
In the first half Kemeel Wolfe got a golden opportunity to put Harbour View in front when he shot from inside the box straight to the goalkeeper.
Jermaine Hue's well taken free-kick was parried back into play by goalkeeper Gavin Barret shortly after the resumption. Meanwhile, in the 69th minute a shot by Nicodie Haughton was brilliantly saved by Taylor, who tipped the ball over bar for a corner.