Disallowed goals leave Rivoli fuming
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Rivoli United FC coach, Calvert Fitzgerald, was fuming after the Spanish Town-based club had two second-half goals disallowed in their 0-0 draw with Cavalier SC in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second round football fixture at the Stadium East on Sunday.
In a game of two halves, the home team dominated the first and had the best chance to score at the 32nd minute, when Chevonne Marsh turned his marker and put the ball on a plate for the usually reliable Girvon Brown, who unbelievably lifted his effort over the bar from three yards.
Two minutes before the interval, Ross Burton nearly put Rivoli ahead after he was played through and rounded goalkeeper Kadeem Davis. However, a retrieving Al Nesbeth cleared his effort off the line.
After the break, Rivoli looked the more threatening, with Burton blasting a good chance wide of the target on the hour.
Minutes later, they had the ball in the net when Kemar Beckford dished his marker and delivered a precise cross, which Burton redirected into the goal from four yards despite being under pressure from a defender.
However, referee Leon Brown, who initially pointed to the centre - to indicate that a goal had been scored - withdrew his decision afterwards, claiming there was an infringement on the play.
Shortly after, Burton stole possession off Davis in a 50-50 challenge, before directing a shot into the goal from an acute angle. Again though, his celebration was short-lived as Brown said he fouled the goalkeeper in his effort to win the ball.
Fitzgerald thought his team was given a raw deal by the man in the middle.
"We got the rub of the green this evening because we got two legitimate goals waved off; we had the ball in the back of the net and the referee decided that there was something wrong that he cannot explain to us," Fitzgerald said.
"'When you put two good goals in the back of the net and for no good reason they are waved off, it hurts. The lines lady (referee's assistant) was running (to half-line) and she was in the best position and he (referee) also pointed to the centre circle, but he is saying it is his prerogative to change his mind," he commented.
His Cavalier counterpart, Rudolph Speid, thought it was a fair result.
"In the end It was the right score. In the first-half we really dominated and got the easiest chance to score and should have had something to show. In the second-half they really pressured us and got the ball in the back of the net twice, of course with infringements. But I cannot say that we should have won and I think it was a fair result," he said.
Meanwhile, Cavalier's Player of the Season so far, Marsh, suffered a nasty injury at the end of the match. The influential midfielder broke his nose after allegedly being elbowed by an opponent, as he was about to head home a loose ball in the dying seconds of the game.
Marsh, with two goals and four assists, will be out indefinitely and will be a major loss for Cavalier, according to Speid.
Cavalier slipped one place to third on 21 points, one behind Montego Bay, and three adrift of Waterhouse. Rivoli also dropped one place, to seventh with 16 points.