Rivoli United slam Barbican 4-0
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Rivoli United continued their impressive run when they slammed newcomers Barbican 4-0 in the first match of the Red Stripe Premier League Sunday double-header at the National Stadium yesterday.
Cory Burke scored a double in the 40th and 76th minutes, while Kemar Beckford (55th) and substitute Anthony Greenland (89) added the other goals.
It was a good performance by the Rivoli side in front of a small crowd. Rivoli had Barbican on the back foot with some slick combination passes and running on and off the ball.
However, Barbican appeared not to have recovered from a two-hour Flow Champions Cup first round match on Friday as they looked tired.
Barbican also received a setback when trailing 2-0, as Lennox Russell was ejected in the 63rd minute for a second yellow card.
The scoreline could have been much wider had it not been for faulty shooting and some fine saves by Barbican's first choice goalkeeper, Ashek Taylor.
Rivoli moved to eight points from four games, while Barbican, who were suffering their first defeat in top flight football, remained on two points from three games.
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The coach of Rivoli, Calvert Fitzgerald, was happy for the victory, but disappointed that his team did not score more goals.
"I'm happy for the win today (yesterday), but disappointed that we missed so many chances. We will have to look at that in training," Fitzgerald told The Gleaner.
"We are playing good football and the aim is to attract sponsors and get players overseas. Cory Burke has been a revelation since coming to the club three seasons now," he added.
Meanwhile, Barbican's coach, Junior Francis, said it was 'one of those days' as the team did not recover from the game on Friday that his team won 3-2 against Cavalier in extra-time.
"The game last Friday certainly took a toll on us as the players were flat. We did not recover in time. And, added to that we went down to 10 players in the second half," Francis said.
"It was just one of those days. Now we have to focus on the next game and try to move on," he noted.
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