Tivoli clip Barbican in five-goal thriller
Tivoli Gardens scored a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over nine-man Barbican in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday.
Former Tivoli star player Steve Green sent Barbican into a 2-0 lead with a brace in the fourth and 66th minutes. However, Tivoli fought back, courtesy of defender Ranike Anderson's goal in the 70th minute and a double by
substitute Lennox 'Calico' Creary. Creary scored in the 77th and from the penalty spot in injury time.
In a bruising contest, referee Valdin Ledgister issued red cards to Barbican's Akino Bailey in the 87th minute and Ramone McGregor in injury time.
Barbican's Andrew Christie and Mario McDonald were also replaced because of injuries.
mark of respect
Green, who was a crowd favourite at Tivoli, did not celebrate as a mark of respect to his former club.
Creary, who came on in the 76th minute, was happy that his team showed resilience to win the game in the final minute.
"It is a hard-fought victory that put us into the top four for the first time this season. The team showed determination to come back from two down and win in the last minute," Creary, a former Calabar High Manning
Cup football star, told The Gleaner.
Meanwhile, Barbican coach Marvin Tate was upset about the officiating.
"The referee took the game away from us. We lost two players to ruthless tackles, and then two of our players were sent off," a visibly upset Tate stated.