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Wolfe On Target In H View's KO Title Win
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Kemeel Wolfe scored his first goal in a final for Harbour View on Wednesday night to help them lift their sixth Kingston and St Andrew Football Association/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout title at the expense of Boys' Town in their matched played at Stadium East.
The game was decided on penalties with Harbour View prevailing 5-4 after the teams were locked at two goals apiece following the playing of full and extra time.
"Winning a title is always good, so I am very happy," Wolfe, who was claiming his third knockout title, said. "And I feel good that I was able to contribute, but it was a team effort, as everybody pitched in even with encouraging words."
Wolfe came on as a 63rd-minute substitute and scored what many thought was the winning goal in the 99th minute when he netted from four yards to give his team a 2-1 advantage after being expertly picked out by Jaron Richards with a 40-yard pass.
"Seeing the ball coming over I was praying that the defender would miss," Wolfe reminisced. "My initial thought was to slot it home one time, but in a split second I thought I had more time when I saw the defender miss the ball."
John Ross-Edwards had opened the scoring for Harbour View in the 14th minute when he blasted home from inside the area after being set up by Andre Fagan.
Shane Edwards pulled Boys' Town level with a powerful volley in the second minute of first half added time.
Marvin Morgan Jr accounted for the Red Brigade's second goal which he scored from the top of the area in the 110th minute to send the teams to the penalty spot.
HARD, LOW SHOT
Wolfe, who has been at Harbour View for five years after switching from Portmore United, was also one of the five players chosen by coach Vin Blaine and his staff to face Boys' Town's custodian, Kirk Porter, from 12 yards. The 29-year-old and his four teammates (Christopher Harvey, Nicholas Beckett, Jaron Richards, and Richard Edwards) expertly dispatched their penalties with Wolfe kicking his shot hard and low into the right corner of the goal.
"Before the game we did not practise penalty kicks, but whenever you are winning there is a level of confidence in each individual, so any five players could have stepped up and kicked on the day," Wolfe reasoned.
Porter was the player responsible for Boys' Town's miss, as his team had to settle for the runners-up prize of $250,000. Harbour View walked away with the top cash prize of $350,000. Tivoli Gardens, the team Harbour View had defeated in the semi-final, was awarded the third-place prize of $150,000 while Boys' Town's semi-final opponents, Waterhouse, claimed the fourth-place prize of $100,000.