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Lawrence atones with match-winning strike for Rivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Rivoli United’s Kemar Lawrence (front) reacts to a challenge from behind by Kevin Garnett of Boys’ Town during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Collie Smith Drive yesterday. Lawrence scored the only goal as Rivoli won 1-0.

Rivoli United's second-half substitute, Kemar Lawrence (not national defender 'Taxi'), was not having a good game.

However, a goal changed his day and handed his team a 1-0 win over Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.

Lawrence came off the bench and netted the all-important goal in the 65th minute.

It was a massive win for Rivoli, who moved to 37 points in the standings and in contention for a semi-final spot. On the other hand, Boys' Town remained on 30 points in ninth place.

Lawrence was pleased to score his first goal for Rivoli since he transferred from Harbour View in January.

coming off an injury

"It was not so beautiful a game for me, as I am just coming off an injury that kept me out for some time," Lawrence told The Gleaner.

"However, the feeling is great to score the winning goal for Rivoli in just my fourth game since moving from Harbour View," he added with glee.

"The win today is very important for us, as we still have a chance of making the top four in order to challenge for the championship trophy. We just have to continue winning from here and hope luck comes our way with other results," Lawrence continued.

Coach Calvert Fitzgerald said it was an important win.

"We must grind out victories like this. It was a gusty performance, as Boys' Town is a team that is hard to beat at home," Fitzgerald said.

"The team showed industry, and I am pleased with the performance. We have six games to go, and I believe that destiny is in our hands. This is our third victory in the third round, so we have to climb out of the hole and move forward," the veteran coach added.

Boys' Town's coach, Andrew Price, said his team continues to miss chances and paid the price again.

"It was the only opportunity that Rivoli got. We created many chances but squandered them, and if you don't score goals, you won't win games," he said.

picking up points

"We just have to continue picking up points. We are not in immediate relegation danger," he added.

In another game, Reno shocked Tivoli Gardens 5-1 at the Frome Complex in Westmoreland. Craig Foster netted a hat-trick, scoring in the 52nd, 59th and 63rd minutes. Adding to the scoresheet for Reno were Codean Smikle (45th) and Renario Downswell (54th). Defender Ranike Anderson scored for Tivoli in the 81st minute.

Yesterday's Results

n Barbican 2 Sporting Central 3

n Boys' Town 0 Rivoli United 1

n MoBay United 1 Harbour View 0

n Reno 5 Tivoli Gardens 1

n Waterhouse 3 Cavalier 1

Today's game

n 8:30 p.m. Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens at Effortville Community Centre.