Rivoli trounce Sandals, continue RSPL hunt
A Jeremy Nelson hat-trick handed Rivoli United hopes of qualification to next season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they defeated Sandals South Coast 4-1 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in the Magnum/Charley's JB Rum JFF Premier League play-offs.
Nelson scored in the 11th, 67th, and 85th minutes while substitute Davion Alves scored the other goal for Rivoli in the 87th minute. Sandals had earlier equalised, courtesy of a penalty from Ron Daley in the 50th minute.
The win pushed Rivoli on to five points while Sandals South Coast stayed on eight points.
Coach Aaron Lawrence took comfort in the fact that they still need only a point to qualify.
"We have one more game and we need only a point," he told The Gleaner.
"We still have control of qualification. It is in our hands," he added.
Anthony Thompson of Rivoli said that his team had a disciplined performance unlike the other games, and that made the difference.
"We have to take care of our home game against Priory. They realised that their back was against the wall and came out to score some goals, and that was achieved today," he said.
Cavalier ensured a return to the RSPL when they beat Priory 2-0 at Drax Hall to move to nine points.
Cavalier, with one round remaining, cannot be surpassed.