On a hard dry pitch at home, Harbour got two goals from Clarence “Junior” Marsh to chalk up its eighth consecutive victory following defeat in the team’s first encounter.
Harbour gave up a goal for the first time, since that first loss as well.
Alva Guishard became the only player to score against Harbour during its eight-game winning streak, hitting home one minute from regulation.
The game lasted 80 minutes.
The Harbour defenders were peeved with referee’s assistant Anthony Govia for missing what was an obvious offside that sprung Guishard.
Well, with the assistant’s flag staying down and no whistle to halt the play, Guishard forged ahead to hit past a complaining Eddy Solano in goal for Harbour.
Earlier Marsh scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season, the latter from the penalty spot, one of two spot kicks in less than a minute.
The first penalty went awry on a poor try by Akeem Miller.
Marsh, after putting Harbour ahead in the 14th minute, hit straight through the hands of 5 P’s keeper, Justin Alfred from the spot.
So Harbour marched on to 24 points, still at the top of the division with twelve games remaining.
It’s still a long ways away and Coach Ian Piper is cautiously optimistic that Harbour can continue to win in order to be promoted at the end of the season.
As much headache that Marsh has caused defences in the league, he continues to cause similar pains for his coach who seemed to be at his wits’ end with the striker.
Recently, Marsh announced that he was jumping through the transfer window to go to Villa Lions but then opted to stay at his home club English Harbour.
Piper and Marsh have not been on the same page for a while and it seems like they may have to part ways before the season ends.
Unless both can work out an amicable agreement, hopes of promotion may be lost even with the arrival of midfielder Raj Phillip in the lineup.
Phillip played his first game for the season on Friday and his presence was clearly felt in the middle of the park with some fine constructive play.
Harbour is getting better, but the rife between the coach and his top scorer may bring this team crashing to the ground.
They must find a solution.
“I know what has to be done (as it relates to Marsh),” said Piper after Friday’s game.
“I think that we will be able to work out our differences for the benefit of the team and this community.”
Friday, Piper suggested that he will quit if Marsh does not get his ‘attitude’ off the pitch right but the coach was quick to point out that such a decision (quitting) was farfetched.
“That was just frustration,” Piper stated.
“I agree we have our differences but he (Marsh) is still the hardest worker both on game day and during practice.
“He has some attitude problems but as coach and the adult in this situation it’s my responsibility to address the matter maturely.”
Harbour plays at home on Monday against Tryum, hopefully there will be signs of improvement between coach and ‘star.’