Coach Gardener praises Harbour View win as playoff race intensifies

Ricardo Gardener

Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardener heaped praise on his Harbour View players following their hard-fought 3-1 victory over Waterhouse FC at Drewsland in the Red Stripe Premier League on Monday night. But even as the winners climbed to within two points of a playoff spot, the coach said there is still a lot of work to be done if the Stars of the East are to get there.

In the crucial battle for points, Deshane Beckford scored in the 23rd minute to give the visitors the lead. However, Kemar Beckford equalized in the 41st minute only to see Christopher Harvey score a minute later to put Harbour View ahead once more.

Ryan Wellington notched the game-winner in the 82nd minute to give Harbour View all three points that see them move up to ninth in the RSPL table with 33 points. They are now two points behind sixth-place UWI FC and they have a game in hand.

Coach Gardener was pleased with the winning effort.

“I think it was an excellent performance from the team overall,” he told SportsMax.TV afterwards.

“We went 1-0 up, conceded after but it was a great response from the lads to get one back before half-time and we came out and finished off the job but there is a lot we need to improve on.”

Gardener said he feels the team has been improving throughout the course of the season and feels they are in a good place as the fight for the top six places intensifies.

“I think it (the balance) of the team is getting better each week and we will continue to work hard and continue to believe and continue to stick together in training because at the end of the day it is going to take hard work, and there are still a lot of points to play for and we just have to come out and get the job done,” Gardener said.

“We could definitely say we are peaking at the right time but as I said before we have to continue to work hard. There are a lot of points to play for and it’s not only Harbour View who is looking to find a place in the top six so we just have come out here every week and work harder every time we get the opportunity to.”


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