Reno clip Rivoli 2-1
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau: Reno FC advanced to the quarter-finals of the Flow Champions Cup with a 2-1 win at home over Rivoli United yesterday.
Playing with many of their reserve players as a result of the Chikungunya virus that is sweeping the country, Reno only managed to take control of the match after captain Linval Wilson's 45th minute goal.
Rivoli's Kemar Beckford equalised in the 54th minute but midfielder Dwayne Blake slammed in the winner for Reno in the 78th minute.
Assistant coach Machell Woolery said the win was important for his team.
"It was a good win today. We gave up a soft goal when they equalised, but we collected ourselves well enough to get the win," said Woolery.
He said a number of the club's regular starters missed the match as a result of the virus, but that they should be back to full strength shortly.
"We are now in the quarter-finals of this competition and I think if we keep scoring goals and defending well, we can go far," Woolery reasoned.
Rivoli head coach, Calvert Fitzgerald, was unhappy with his team's display.
"We came here seeking a win to move on in the championship and we instead played without energy," he said.
"We lacked passion, and based on that, I think we deserved to lose," said Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, Cup champions Waterhouse could be facing a fine for missing their fixture with Montego Bay United at Westpow Park. The home team were only notified of their absence moments before kick-off and confirmed 15 minutes after the expected match time.
Other results: Tivoli 3, Black Stars 1; Harbour View 1, Humble Lion 0.