Goalkeeper Damion Hyatt was flocked by children, some of whom shook his hands, patted him and still others just tried to touch him while declaring their ‘saviour’ man of the Man of the Match.Adults soon joined them and even club chairman, Dr Omar Davies, made his way to the middle of the field to congratulate him and shake his hands.Moments earlier, the 30-year-old goalkeeper had pulled off a fine penalty save to give his team, Arnett Gardens, the three points and a place at the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League as they defeated former leaders Montego Bay United 2-1.Arnett Gardens’ 38 points inched them to one above the vanquished Montego Bay United and Portmore United, who were due to play Harbour View on Monday Night.”It was wonderful performance. I just came up big after my error and coming up big for my team in the dying moments with a penalty save. It is awesome,” said Hyatt perhaps feeling much taller than his just-over-6’0″ frame.Hyatt’s comments were also an acknowledgement of how differently things could have gone. After sailing comfortably into the first half through goals from the impressive Vishunul Harris in the 17th minute and Dicoy Williams in the 24th and ending the half comfortably in the lead, Hyatt conceded a long-range drive from Ronaldo Rodney in the 46th minute in a move that started straight from kick off.fine savesThe former Glengoffe High School star sank straight to the ground, but was quick to pick himself up. And pick himself up he did, as he pulled of off a series of fine saves to keep his team ahead.He saved his best for last as with the minutes ticking away, the outstanding Jabeur Johnson made a rare error in taking away the leg of the hard-running Owayne Gordon inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty. That is when Hyatt gave of his best.Marksman Dino Williams and the competition’s leading scorer stepped up and powered his effort on goal as the small band of travelling Montego Bay United supporters looked on expectantly. The cries of jubilation which went up, however, were from the home fans.leading up to the penalty”I was really feeling disappointed after letting in a soft one and when we gave away the penalty I did not panic or anything. I just took a deep breath and just took one step to my left to throw him off because he saw me looking to my left so I just gave him the right side of the goal and dived to my right,” was how Hyatt described the moment leading up to the penalty and immediately after.”After that, it was an excellent feeling making that save as I helped my team to get a win and move to the top of the table. This can only get better right now. As long as we win the last three games in this round, we will be at least be joint leaders so that is a great feeling,” he continued.The performance, Hyatt said, reignited in him a desire to again be among the Reggae Boyz.”The last time I got called was when (Theodore) Tappa Whitmore was there and I still have hopes of getting back there. I am just 30, so I still have hopes,” he said.Getting there would be something for the man who represented Glengoffe High.”I played for Glengoffe High, the school without a field. I have to big them up because we had no field and for a talent like me to come out of there is really special and I want to do even more,” said the man who had a season of Under-20 football for Constant Spring, and two seasons of senior football with August Town before making his way to Arnett Gardens where he has been for the last nine years.
Striker Brian Brown looked like his old self on Sunday night as he marked his return to the Harbour View Stadium with one goal as the ‘Stars of the East’ recorded a rare win, 3-1 over Cavalier.The 2013-14 Golden Boot winner, who had 18 goals that season, had his 57th-minute goal sandwiched by Jorginho James’ 52nd-minute opener and substitute Kevaughn Frater’s 88th-minute finish, helping to bring back the attacking presence Harbour View lacked for most of the season.As he did in that season, Brown made it clear that he is ready to shoulder the attacking burden of his team.”Coming home to help Harbour View get to the top of the table and, hopefully, win the championship is where my mind is at right now, and then we will see what happens from there,” said the player who spent the last season and a half on loan to MLS club Philadelphia Union and NASL team Indy Eleven, respectively.Sunday night’s win followed four previous matches which were divided equally between draws and losses and helped them to narrow the gap on fourth-placed Humble Lion to two points, while keeping them firmly in fifth.DOWNINTHESTANDINGSThe vanquished Cavalier, on the other hand, who were let down by uncharacteristically poor defending, slipped a position to seventh as they were overtaken by UWI FC.The last season, Brown said, was not the greatest for him, and the rest of the season at Harbour View will be used to rebuild his game and confidence.”It wasn’t one of the greatest seasons for me, but going there (Indy Eleven) was a great experience. I learnt a lot. I played about 24 games and scored five goals.”The aim right now is to get back sharp, rebuild myself one step at a time, day by day and get my fitness up, and everything else will follow,” said the player who has been capped once by the national team.After the Indy Eleven season, Harbour View was what Brown needed.”I am great here. Harbour View is my home. It is not hard for me to fit in. These are guys I have played with before, mostly, and I have a great relationship with them, and to deliver in front of my home fans in only my second game back was special.”I plan to get one goal a game for the remaining games in the competition. I know I am one behind that target now, but I can catch up,” the player, who is eyeing more national caps, stated confidently.
Underdogs Central Kingston created a massive upset in the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over favourites Molynes United yesterday at Barbican Complex.They will meet the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Friday’s final after the soldiers turned back Duhaney Park 4-2 on penalties as the teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time.In the feature clash, Central jumped into the lead through Romario Davey after 49 minutes. Akeem Robotham made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick in the 68th minute. Molynes pulled back a goal at the 90th minute, but Arsenio Hamilton cooly dispatched a penalty kick to send his team into the final.Central’s coach, Vincent Watson, said they were always confident of victory over Molynes despite that team being unbeaten in 18 games this season.NEVER BEATEN”Molynes have never beaten us in anything. Every time they meet us, they get busted,” he said. “(After going 2-0 up) I spoke to the players and told them to hold tight and do what we practised.”In the first game, the JDF took the lead when Marlon Ellis’ direct free-kick eluded the entire Duhaney Park defence and goalkeeper after only seven minutes, but the Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park drew level on 23 minutes when Tevoy Colespring nodded home from a corner.The JDF retook the lead after the interval on a quick counter-attack when Henry Clarke scored, but Duhaney Park restored parity four minutes before the end and sent the game into extra-time when Jermaine Myers fired home from close range.However, when extra-time failed to separate the teams, the JDF, who missed their first penalty kick, rallied to take the shoot-out 4-2.JDF’s coach, Mark Miller, said it was a tough game and credited the character and determination of his team.