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TG take third after 3-2 win over Arnett

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

An inspired performance from Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson, who had a brilliant solo goal and an assist, carried Tivoli Gardens to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over arch-rivals Arnett Gardens in yesterday's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

Newton Sterling, who got both goals for the 'Junglists', opened the scoring after just three minutes. However, goals from Mitchily Waul (26th), Barrington Pryce (31st) put the hosts ahead before the break. Then 13 minutes after the interval, Johnson added a third. But Sterling grabbed his second 10 minutes from time to make it a nervy finish for the home team.

The win lifted Tivoli one place to third, with 26 points, three behind UWI, who slammed Portmore 4-1, and they are five points adrift of leaders Montego Bay United, who defeated Maverley-Hughenden 1-0. Arnett stay sixth on 19 points.

At the Edward Seaga Complex, the game started very open and, after three minutes, Sterling stunned the home crowd with a header from six yards. Ajuma Johnson wasted a great chance to level for Tivoli minutes later, but moments after, Waul turned home Johnson's drive across goal to tie the game. The home crowd was still celebrating the equaliser when Pryce rose to head home a corner at the near post.

In the second half, Johnson, who had bust-ups with former Tivoli defender Ranike Anderson, and Jason Moore, later reminded why he was one of the most admiring local players of his generation with a vintage strike.