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'Teddy' fires TG to win

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 3:00 AMLivingston Scott
Tivoli players (from left) Romaine Breakenridge, Shavar Campbell, Nicholas Smith, and Barrington Pryce mob Jermaine Johnson after he scored his second goal against Portmore United in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. Tivoli won 2-1.

Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson netted a 24-minute brace, grabbing goals in the 43rd and 67th minutes as Tivoli Gardens defeated Portmore United 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Complex, ending a two-game losing streak.

After back-to-back defeats to UWI and Harbour View, the west Kingston team was intent on getting back to winning ways, with the three points lifting them from fourth to second position in the standing, two adrift of leaders UWI (47).

Despite a lacklustre start, Johnson got the home team off the mark when he converted from the spot two minutes to the break after Junior McGregor was tripped inside the area.

However, that lead lasted just two minutes as Ewan Grandison whipped a corner kick to the near post past Tivoli custodian Davin Watkins, with the help of the wind.

GREAT GOALS

After the interval, the game came to life, with Johnson leading the charge for the home team, and after 67 minutes in the contest, McGregor robbed Roberto Johnson of possession and fed the former Bolton striker, who steadied himself and fired past Shaven-Sean Paul in goal from 20 yards.

"Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson continued to live up to expectation and he came up big again. This was a very important three points. Both teams wanted it, but Tivoli wanted it more," said Tivoli Gardens coach Omar Edwards.

Portmore's coach, Lenworth Hyde, said that his opponents defended stoutly.

"We tried to get back into the game but they fought hard and defended well," he said.

In other games, UWI stayed top of the table after a 0-0 draw with Maverley/Hughenden (24), while Waterhouse (27) continue to pull further from the bottom two after a 1-0 win over Jamalco (23).

Reno play Harbour View in the lone game at STETHS today at 3:30. p.m.