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Tivoli Gardens rebound with 1-0 win over UWI

Portmore edge Arnett Gardens to go top of RSPL

Senior Staff reporter

Monday, October 22, 2018

A 53rd-minute strike by Colorado Murray gave Tivoli Gardens a 1-0 win over The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC yesterday to move up to second spot in the Red Stripe Premier League.

Murray, who was notching his third goal of the season, latched onto a through ball and kicked straight at goalkeeper Amal Knight, but somehow the national player allowed the ball to slip from his grasp and trickle into the net.

Tivoli Gardens, who lost 0-1 to Mount Pleasant Academy last week, rebounded with their fourth win from six games to be on 12 points, just a point behind leaders Portmore United, who edged Arnett Gardens 3-2 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

UWI, who whipped Arnett Gardens 3-0 last week, were brought back down to earth and slipped two spots to fourth with 10 points.

It wasn't the most entertaining game at UWI Bowl, but a hard-fought one as both teams basically were equally agressive, resulting in limited chances created.

But they were three good away points for Tivoli Gardens, and Coach Omar Edwards was happy that they ended their two-game losing streak.

“UWI in their last encounter won by three goals so we knew they have goals within them. So we spent the entire week fixing our team shape and teaching how to keep clean sheets and the players came out this afternoon and put in a good shift,” Edwards said.

UWI Coach Andrew Peart said Tivoli Gardens wanted to win more than his team and were deserved winners.

“I thought Tivoli wanted it more than us. They were more aggressive than us. It was an even game right through but they benefitted from a moment of fortune,” said Peart.

He added: “Credit to them [because] after that they just defended and played very hard and it was just a bad day for us.”

Meanwhile, promoted Dunbeholden defeated Humble Lion 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at Effortville Community Centre.

Goals by Nickoy Christian (17th), Dean-Andre Thomas (27th), Orrett Richards (37th) and Greame Green (56th) pushed Dunbeholden to their second win of the season and up two places to ninth with six points.

Francois Swaby (51st, 90th) and Craig Foster (72nd) replied for Humble Lion, but they succumbed to their third defeat and slipped two spots to bottom of the league (12th spot) on three points.

At St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex, home team Reno clipped Waterhouse 1-0 and climbed from the bottom to 10th spot with six points. Thorn Simpson scored the all-important goal in minute 85. Waterhouse slipped a spot to seventh with eight points.

Cavalier FC whipped Montego Bay United 5-1 at Stadium East field and moved into third spot on 10 points, while the St James outfit dropped a position to eighth with eight points.

Teams: UWI — Amal Knight, Taniel McKenzie, Deno Schaffe (Jerondy Henry 76th), Javoy Belnavis, Kemar Flemmings, Kemoy Atkinson (Michael Heaven 46th), Rochane Smith, Ryan Miller, Fabian McCarthy, Andrae Bernal (Davian Garrison 66th), Anthony Greenland

Subs not used: George Brown, Dravian Williams, Deighton Stuart

Booked: None

Tivoli Gardens — Davin Watkins, Barrington Pryce, Hugh Evans, Kemar Seivwright, Ezran Simpson, Mitchily Waul, Junior McGregor (Trevin Garnett 83rd), Marvin Stewart, Howard Morris (Tevin Shaw 46th), Colorado Murray, Michael Spence (Maurice Wilson 66th)

Subs not used: Nicholas Clarke, Arthur Walters, Shaquille Jones, Davion Goulbourne

Booked: Morris (24th), McGregor (83rd)

Referee: Oshane Nation

Assistant referees: Jassett Kerr, Ricton Archer

Fourth official: Steffon Dewar

Match commissary: Martin Lyn