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Rivoli, Cavalier relegated from Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:00 AMMarc Stamp
Tivoli Gardens’ Andre McFarlane (front) comes under pressure from Cavalier’s Shaquille Dyer in their Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. McFarlane netted a first-half strike in Tivoli’s 1-0 win.

Humble Lion, led by a brace from striker Levaughn Williams, snatched the last semi-final position in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition with a 2-0 victory over Rivoli United at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday.

While Humble Lion will continue the fight for the title, defeat confirmed Rivoli United as one of two teams which have been relegated to their parish league.

Williams fired his team into the last four with goals in the 13th and 78th minutes.

Humble Lion finished fourth with 50 points. Promoted Portmore United (61) topped the standings ahead of Arnett Gardens (60) and Montego Bay United (59), the other three semi-final qualifiers.

Cavalier Soccer Club is the other team that will not be in the RSPL next season, as they too were demoted following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on the last day.

Andre McFarlane netted the all-important goal in the 17th minute.

DEFENDER EJECTED

Cavalier ended the game with 10 players after defender Jeffrey Grant received two yellow cards and was ejected in the 90th plus two minutes.

Tivoli's head coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, who returned to the club two months ago with the club languishing in the relegation zone, said he did the job and will now focus on his music career.

"I have accomplished the job of saving Tivoli from relegation. My main aim was to make certain Tivoli was safe for next season," Bailey told The Gleaner.

"Well, I have steadied the ship and have now officially retired from coaching and will focus on my music career," the veteran entertainer emphasised.

On the other hand, Cavalier's head coach Rudolph Speid blamed missed chances for his team loss and relegation to next season's KSAFA Super League.

"We got chances, but did not score. They scored a soft goal, so we lost the game. We have been in the league for four years, so we'll just have to come back," Speid added.

Yesterday's Results

Tivoli Gardens 1 Cavalier SC 0

UWI FC 2 FC Reno 1

Waterhouse 3 Boys' Town 0

Portmore United 1 Arnett Gardens 3

Montego Bay United 2 Harbour View 0

Humble Lion 2 Rivoli United 0