HARBOUR View continued champions Portmore United's uncertain start to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), handing them their third defeat in seven games, thanks to Kemeel Wolfe's 20th-minute strike which saw the visitors gain a 1-0 win at Ferdie Neita Park on Sunday.
The win lifted the 'Stars of the East' to joint third place with Arnett Gardens — who were schedule to play Waterhouse last night — on 13 points, three behind leaders Sporting Central and two adrift of Boys' Town.
Harbour View's coach Vin Blaine said it was a very tough game for his side and he was pleased to have come away with three points.
"We scored early and Portmore came at us, but we withstood that and had some luck and the one early goal was the difference," he said.
As the teams battled for midfield dominance in the early minutes, it was the visitors who looked more threatening with a few incisive passes into the Portmore penalty box that caused panic for the home team.
Midway the half they broke the deadlock when Wolfe ran onto a pass inside the area and fired a low shot across Carlloyd Walters that hit the post before entering the goal.
The goal brought Portmore United out of their slumber and they pushed their opponents onto the defensive for the remainder of the half and were unfortunate not to have equalised.
As the home team laid siege on the Harbour View goal, they had two efforts cleared off the line and a header that smashed against the crossbar and onto the goal-line before being cleared.
The game was much the same after the break, but Harbour View nearly added to their lead early in the half when Jermie Lynch turned his marker and unleashed a shot which Walters parried into the path of Kimorlee Brissett.
However, the goalkeeper recovered quickly to block Brissett's effort, hurting himself in the process and had to be substituted.
Portmore's best chance to salvage a draw fell to Alanzo Adlam when he latched onto a pass in the final minute of play, but he could not beat the Michaud Barrett who was quick off his line to deny his effort.
The defeat leaves Portmore in seventh spot on seven points, nine behind the leaders and two above the relegation zone.
Portmore — Carlloyd Walters (Kemar Foster 55th), Adrian Reid, Ryan Wellington, Rosario Harriott, Andrew Christie, Andrew Vanzie, Ewan Grandison (Nicoy Christian 71st), Alanzo Adlam, Stephen Williams (Bryan Bayliss 67th), Odoah Nickle, Mauricio Gordon.
Booked: Vanzie 19th
Subs not used: R Rodney, D Williams, D Binns, D Nesbeth.
Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Eric Vernan, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, John-Ross Edwards, Joel Senior, Kemeel Wolfe, Kimorleee Brissett (Nicholos Beckett 74th), Jermaine Hue, Jermie Lynch (Damion Harwood 82nd)
Booked: Lynch 72nd
Sub not used: K Lawrence, R Lewis, C Waugh, D Woodhouse, A Taylor.
Referee: Wilverglen Lamey
Assistants: StacyAnn Greyson, Lloyd Reader
Fourth Official: Calvin Banton
Match Commissary: Charles Barrett