Knight blunders cost UWI FC in Red Stripe Premier League
Rivoli United scored a massive win in their battle for survival and in the process dented UWI FC's hopes for a semi-final place after scoring a 4-3 win in a goal fest at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.
However, the Marcel Gayle-coached team's demise was mainly down to faulty goalkeeping from the usually reliable Amal Knight, who had three blunders that resulted in goals for the Spanish Town-based Rivoli.
Kemar Bennett fired the home team in front after 10 minutes.
He had Knight to thank, as the goalie allowed a tame long-range effort to creep between his legs.
Valentino Gardener then capitalised on a poor clearance from the goalkeeper to slot home the second six minutes later for a 2-0 lead.
Dino Schaffe's towering header from a corner on 37 minutes reduced the deficit for UWI. But Nicholas Scott restored Rivoli's two-goal cushion when his weak shot slipped under Knight to make the score 3-1.
Anthony Grant pulled UWI within one goal again, in the 67th minute, when he turned home a cross from close range
However, Dellon Dixon made it 4-2 on 72 minutes.
Girvan Brown made it 4-3 from the penalty spot, after former Rivoli frontman, Anthony Greenland, was pulled down inside the area.
However, Nicholas McMorris missed a great opportunity to steal a point for the visitors when he headed over the bar from 12 yards, in time added.
Rivoli's assistant coach, Marlon Williams, believes they can save relegation.
"I am feeling so great. This three points is really good for us, it can only build our confidence so we move forward. All season we have not scored four in a match and we did that today, that shows the boys have made the commitment. It's a great boost for our team that we can score goals now and three points from UWI who are in fourth means that we can save relegation," he commented.
UWI's Gayle said it was just a bad day for his goalkeeper.
"It was just one of those days, it's unfortunate (for Knight). We went behind early and we tried to come back, but it was tough conditions to play under, the under footing (Muddy conditions) wasn't good today. But I give credit to the guys; we went 2-0 down early, then 3-1 and we came back 4-3. It was a tough one on the road, but (semi-final position) it's still in sight and we are going to come out Sunday (next game) and work hard again," he said.
Meanwhile, the game between Boys' Town and Reno at Barbican was blown off after 10 minutes with the score at 0-0 due to heavy rain and a waterlogged field.
In the late match, Harbour View defeated Waterhouse 2-1 on a late double from Nicholas Beckett. Bottom of the table Waterhouse led for 85 minutes through Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson's goal.