Sibbles nets double as Tivoli demolish Reno
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Tivoli Gardens FC produced a sterling secondhalf performance to erase Reno's lead at the half-time break and inflict a sixth straight loss on the struggling Westmoreland side in their Red Stripe Premier League football game at St Elizabeth Technical High School yesterday.
"When Reno scored, it broke the players, but we had a good half-time talk and it worked, along with the three timely substitutions that we made," said Tivoli coach Alvin Shaw.
The loss was particularly hard on Reno, which has been stuck on 15 points, ever since winning the Flow Champions Cup all-island knockout trophy over a month ago.
Tivoli, meanwhile, came into the contest on 18 points, but with the win moved to 21 and in the 'right direction', according to Shaw.
Tivoli roared back into contention following Craig Foster's goal from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute after he was obstructed on his way towards goal.
Foster, the league's top marksman, was scoring his first goal in five matches to break his drought. He would add a second in the 90th minute to move his tally for the season to 12.
However, the game turned on a dime when Jamoy Sibbles showed real skill to dismiss his marker before sliding the ball under the advancing Devaughn Hawthorne in goal for Reno to score in the 64th minute.
Kemar Flemmings should have doubled Tivoli's lead at the 75th minute. With Hawthorne at his mercy, he fired high over the crossbar as the Reno defence looked rather oblivious to what the Tivoli attackers were throwing at them.
Tivoli took the lead in the 87th minute. Substitute André McFarlane was tripped inside the Reno area by Kayce Bromfield and he brushed himself off before lashing the ball past Hawthorne.
Another substitute, Elton Thompson, slotted home from a good pass in the 89th minute as Tivoli took a 3-1 lead.
Sibbles made the game safe with his second goal of the afternoon when he netted in time added.
Then with the last kick of the match, Foster converted his second goal, also from the penalty spot, but it was too late as Reno's struggles continued.
"It was a good victory, especially since we had to come from behind to do so. All the praise to these players because we have to be putting up with a whole lot of stuff," added Shaw.