PLAY-OFF BOUND

Goalless draw leaves Harbour View hanging on

Monday, March 19, 2018



Harbour View were left clinging on to the last play-off spot after battling to a 0-0 draw with Arnett Gardens in their Red Stripe Premier League game at the Compound yesterday.

It was a result that left Harbour View in sixth spot on 46 points, just one ahead of the lurking University of The West Indies (UWI), and three ahead of Humble Lion on 43 points, with one match day remaining.

But it was a position that Head Coach Ricardo Gardner was fairly satisfied with.

“It's still in our hands, we still have confidence. We just have to go to Portmore (United) and make it a game. We just have to take the game as a final — It's win or nothing,” he told the Jamaica Observer during a post-game interview.

A home win for Harbour View would have left them in fourth position and virtually into the play-offs. Now they will have to wait anxiously before taking on leaders Portmore United on Wednesday.

The result also left Arnett Gardens in a spot of bother as they remain in second spot on 50 points, just ahead of Tivoli Gardens on goal difference.

With the top two teams assured of a semi-final spot, Arnett are desperately trying to finish second, a position that would make them avoid the play-off games as part of the teams finishing third through to sixth.

However Arnett's coach, Jerome Waite was not perturbed after watching his team fail to win for the seventh-consecutive match.

“Definitely not. One of the things is to secure the second spot and today we got a point and we are still in second. We just need to win the other game and secure that spot,” said Waite.

That game is against Cavalier on Wednesday. Cavalier thumped Reno 4-0 yesterday to jump into fourth spot on 47 points.

Former champions Montego Bay United saw their hopes of advancing end after crashing 1-2 to leaders Portmore United at Wespow Park.

Montego Bay entered the match with an outside chance of making the play-offs but were left in ninth spot on 41 points, five adrift of Harbour View.

Humble Lion kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Waterhouse to move into eighth spot on 43 points.

UWI, who whipped Sandals South Coast 4-1, climb into seventh spot on 45 points. In the other game, Tivoli Gardens dismissed the relegated Boys' Town 3-1 to secure their play-off berth. They stay third on 50 points.

Teams:

Harbour View— Christian Kluvi, Nicholas Beckett, Christopher Harvey, Ajeanie Talbott, Javain Brown, Kareem Manning, Evan Taylor, Casseam Priestly (Michael Lutas 79th), Peter Lee Vassell, Rafeik Thomas (Marcelino Blackburn 79th), Deshane Beckford (Daniel Green 90th).

Subs not used: Joel Johnson, Daniel Green, Andrew Allen, Jaheel Chamberlain, Richard Anderson.

Booked: Peter Lee Vassell 20th, Evan Taylor 39th, Deshane Beckford 60th.

Arnett Gardens— Damian Hyatt, Oneil Thompson, Jabeur Johnson, Ranike Anderson, Renae Lloyd, Tamar Edwards, Ricardo Oldham (Shamar Pryce 90+1) Jason Moore (Chevon Bryan 83rd), Marvin Morgan, Steve Clarke (Kimani Arbourne 83rd), Fabian Reid.

Subs not used: Shamarley Clayton, Rogelio Robinson, Dasha Satchell, Newton Sterling.

Booked: Jabeur Johnson 60th

Referee: Kevin Morrison

Assistant referees: Stephanie Dale Yeesing, Richard Washington

Fourth official: Cardella Samuels

Match Commissary: Delroy Joseph

— Howard Walker

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