Reno whip Rivoli at Frome on Foster's hat-trick
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau: Craig Foster continued his rich scoring form, scoring a hat-trick for Reno, who defeated Rivoli United 5-1 at Frome Sports Complex yesterday in the sixth round of the Red Stripe Premier League.
Foster netted his first in the 43rd minute of play and got his second at the 48th, three minutes after the half-time break, from the penalty spot. The referee awarded Reno a penalty for an infringement inside the area on Afiba Chambers.
The Rivoli defence was first breached in the first half when Foster's strike partner, Denmark Gillings, fired them in front in the 41st minute. Second-half substitute Aldaine Grant made coach Patrick Graham's decision to introduce him to the action a masterstroke when he scored in the 80th minute to make the score 4-0.
A second penalty scored by Foster in the 83rd minute made the score a commanding 5-0 in favour of the home team and completed the striker's hat-trick. Cory Burke (90+2) scored the visitors' lone goal of the contest in time added for stoppages.
It is Reno's second victory in five matches, putting them on eight points, and returns them to winning ways following their 2-1 loss to Tivoli Gardens in the last round.
First loss this season
The loss was the first for Rivoli this season, having secured two wins and two drawn matches in four outings for second place in the standings behind Cavalier.
Reno should have gone in front inside 15 minutes when Foster received a defence-splitting pass inside the Rivoli danger area, but his sliced shot rolled across the face of the goal, with the Rivoli goalkeeper out of position.
The striker, who admittedly is seeking a call-up to Jamaica's senior national squad, leads the goal-scoring race with seven and looks the real deal leading the line for the Westmoreland-based club.
"I am very delighted with today's win. We played as planned against this team, who, over the years, we have had a tough time gaining points from," said Graham.
"Two victories over the same opponent is never easy to achieve, but we did so against them and Craig continues his hot streak of scoring, and that is always good news for us," added Graham.
"If he continues scoring, then those in charge of the national programme will be left with no other option but to call him up, and he knows that. He is simply the best at his position in the country right now," said Graham.