Daley fires Tivoli to 'very important' win
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Former Reggae Boyz midfielder Keammar 'Dadda' Daley fired Tivoli Gardens to a 1-0 win against Humble Lion in their second-round Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
Daley got his third goal of the season when he beat Humble Lion's custodian, Damion Crooks, with a well-placed shot in the 37th minute.
Tivoli was the better team, especially in the first-half, with a good combination of passes from Daley, former Waterhouse player Weston 'Barney' Forrest, Rohan Reid, André McFarlane, and Lennox 'Calico' Creary in attack.
On the other hand, Humble Lion looked better in the second-half through Devon Hodges, captain Wolry Wolfe, Ricardo Cousins, Andrew Vanzie, and Roberto Fletcher.
Moving up the table
However, the home team held on for a victory that pushed them on to 18 points in the 12-team table. Humble Lion dropped below Boys' Town (11 points) - which beat Sporting Central 4-1 on a Rafeik Thomas hat-trick - to the bottom on eight points.
Daley was very elated about scoring goals in back-to-back home wins that moved the team up the table.
"It was a tremendous goal and it has lifted my confidence. It was my third of the season," Daley told The Gleaner yesterday.
"We had a team meeting and decided to continue working hard for a top-four finish. That is the aim," he disclosed.
Tivoli's coach, Alvin Shaw, said: "This is a very important win at the beginning of the second round.
"We spent a lot of time working on the mental aspects, and the players have bought into my philosophy and are getting to know me better," said Shaw, who during the summer was elevated to head coach after working as the right-hand man to Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey for years.
Losing coach Linval 'Palla' Wilson was quite unhappy.
"I am very disappointed with the result. We allowed them (Tivoli) too much space in the first half. However, in the second 45 minutes, we improved," Wilson reasoned.
"We have to double the efforts moving forward. The second round is where the league gets serious. Congrats to Tivoli, as they fought us hard today (yesterday)," he added.
- Tivoli Gardens 1 Humble Lion 0.
- Boys' Town 4 Sporting Central 1.
- Reno 2 Montego Bay United 3.
- Cavalier 0 Rivoli 0.
- 8:30 p.m. Waterhouse vs Barbican at Waterhouse Stadium.