Cavalier and Harbour View played to an exciting 1-1 draw in their Jamaica Premier League game at the UWI-JFF-Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence.
Bryan English opened the scoring for Cavalier in the 14th minute but Oquassa Chong earned a share of the points for Harbour View netting in minute 59 with his second goal of the season.
Cavalier with the point moved joint top of the league with four points the same as Waterhouse and just ahead of Mount Pleasant on goal difference. Harbour View inched to two points and up to fifth spot.
Harbour View donned their usual yellow tops and blue shorts while Cavalier was in their white tops and black shorts and it was Cavalier that got the first chance of the game but a well-timed late challenge by Lovel Palmer nullified Bryan English’s charging run.
But Cavalier would open the scoring when English latched onto a delicate scooped pass from Nickache Murray and expertly lobbed goalkeeper Tafari Chambers in the 14th minute.
The goal came after Harbour View’s Oshane Staple fouled English on the flank and picked up the game’s first yellow card. The resulting freekick was cleared into the path of Murray and he scooped the ball over the top of the defence and English did the rest.
Minutes later English who was having some dizzy spells was replaced by Dwayne “Busy” Atkinson in minute 25.
Atkinson was in action immediately after he played a give and go with Shaniel Thomas but fired just wide in the 31st minute.
Seven-minute later, Ronaldo Webster of Cavalier got the better of his defender to the byline, but his cross was well held by Goalkeeper Chambers, just ahead of the onrushing Courtney Allen.
Now growing in confidence, Webster was at it again minutes later with a tricky pass that released Kyle Ming, but another last-ditch tackle, this time by Ajeanie Talbott saved the day.
Cavalier was playing some sumptuous football and it took another late tackle by Talbott to deny Atkinson who was clean through on goal.
Cavalier was turning the screws on Harbour View as Shaneil Thomas, Gadail Irving, Webster, Atkinson, Murray had the Stars of The East on the backfoot as the first half came to an end.
Cavalier started the second half as they finished the first, on the front foot as Atkinson eluded a defender at the corner flag and his pass caused a mad scramble in the box, but goalkeeper Chambers managed to gather safely in the 48th minute.
But it was Harbour View who struck against the run of play as Oquassa Chong was fed through by John Luca Levee and his low left-footer was partially blocked by goalkeeper Jeadine White, but despite the attention of two defenders, it bounced over the line.
Having levelled the score, Harbour View gained the ascendancy pushing Cavalier on the backfoot and looking the more likely to go on and win.
In fact, both teams got chances to win but the clearest opportunity fell to Cavalier’s captain Kamoy Simpson, but he blasted over from close range in the dying moments.
Harbour View’s tough-tackling defender was adjudged Man-of-the-match but he was not happy.
“I am a bit disappointed as I know I could give more. We didn’t play how we trained and although I got this award I am not entirely pleased,” said the former Jamaica College standout Talbott.
Harbour View’s head coach Ludlow Bernard, a man of few expressions, was clearly not pleased.
“It’s a work in progress. We were a bit indisciplined with the press in the first half and gave Cavalier the opportunity to move out the ball and get on top and dominate our midfield,” Bernard pointed out.
“But I always trust my defence and the award to young Talbott speaks to the attitude of our team,” Bernard added.
Meanwhile, Cavalier’s assistant coach David Lalor thought his team should have won the game.
“As you saw in the first half we should have really put away the game from early. We got a lot of opportunities and they just went begging,” said Lalor.
“We just lost the discipline in terms of the finishing. I thought we got a bit selfish and excited and young players will do that,” he explained.
Cavalier: 31-Jeadine White, 04-Richard King, 07-Ronaldo Webster, 16-Melvin Doxilly, 24-Kamoy Simpson, 06-Nickache Murray, 12 Gadial Irving (11-Ajay Chin 63rd), 15-Kyle Ming, 09-Courtney Allen, 25-Bryan English (10-Dwayne Atkinson 25th), 17-Shaniel Thomas (19-Orlando Russell 63rd, (22-Collin Anderson90+2).
Subs not used: 01-St Michael Edwards, 14-Lamont Rochester, 20-Jerome McLeary.
Coach: Rudolph Speid
Booked: Kamoy Simpson 80th.
Harbour View: 01-Tafari Chambers, 17-Ajeanie Talbott, 44-Lovel Palmer (28-Shawn Daley 85th), 12-Casseam Priestly, 21-Odorland Harding, 29-Oshane Staple, 13-Cristojaye Daley, 14-John Luca Levee (16-Garth Stewart 66th), 23-Saqlain Waul (24-Ronaldo Robinson 46th), 08-Lennox Russell (30-Tevin Scott 65th), 22-Oquassa Chong (15-Tyrese Williams 85th).
Subs not used: 50-Akeem Smith, 27-Jamone Shepherd.
Coach: Ludlow Bernard
Booked: Oshane Staple 13th
Referee: Odette Hamilton
Assistant Referee 1: Rolonzo Bennett
Assistant Referee 2: Ricton Archer
Fourth Official: Andrew Hayden
Match Commissioner: Patrick Malcolm
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