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'When the going gets tough' - TG look for response after bad start in RSPL

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMNodley Wright
Portmore United's Kareen Manning (left) and Tivoli Gardens' Jermaine Parris battle in their Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Complex last season.

Former champions Tivoli Gardens will be hoping that for them, it will be a case of when the going gets tough, the tough get going, when they play away to leaders Portmore United in their third match of the season. Having lost their first two encounters to Reno and Arnett Gardens, respectively, they will be hoping that the tough situation they find themselves in will bring out the toughness in them.

Despite the losses, Tivoli's coach, Omar Edwards, has seen enough positives in the games played so far to be optimistic about his team's chances today.

"We are going up against a good Portmore United team, which has won both of their games, while on the other hand, we have managed to lose both of ours so far. We know that it is not how you start but how you finish.

"In our last game, we lost in the dying seconds, but we had a number of positives from that game. We had good possession and controlled the game for large periods and played good team football, but the unfortunate thing is that we did not score and lost it off the last kick of the game," Edwards said.




One of the things that has afflicted his team, according to Edwards, is the unavailability of a proper training area. His team, he said, trains at the Tivoli Gardens High School, where they have to share space with the school's various teams.

Edwards is, however, thankful that his players have remained motivated and committed, and for today's game, he is looking to captain Jermaine Johnson, Barrington Pryce, and Tevin Shaw to provide the leadership for his team. Portmore United, on the other hand, who will be without national representatives Ricardo Morris and Ewan Grandison, will rely on goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul and Malique Foster to propel them.

At the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, the home team will be hoping to overcome the absence of head coach Jerome Waite, Marvin Morgan, Fabian Reid, and goalkeeper Damion Hyatt to get the better of Waterhouse, while Reno will host Humble Lion at Frome.

Montego Bay United will entertain Cavalier as they bid to reverse their loss to Boys' Town FC and give their fans something to smile about, while UWI FC and Boys' Town FC will do battle at the UWI Mona Bowl.


Today's Games


6:00pm Arnett Gardens FC vs Waterhouse FC @ Anthony Spaulding Complex

3:30pm FC Reno vs Humble Lion FC @ Frome Complex

3:30pm Montego Bay United FC vs Cavalier F.C. @ Montego Bay Sports Complex

3:30pm Portmore United FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC @ Prison Oval

3:30pm UWI FC vs Boys Town FC @ UWI Mona, Bowl

Tomorrow's Game:

8:35pm Harbour View FC vs Sandals South Coast FC @ Harbour View Stadium




Teams P W D L GF GA GD O Pts

Portmore 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6

Arnett 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 6

UWI FC 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 4

Reno 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4

H. View 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4

B. Town 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3

Humble Lion FC 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3

Waterhouse 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

MoBay United 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1

Cavalier 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0

Tivoli 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0

Sandals 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 0