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More starts will bring more goals, says TG's McGregor

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMNodley Wright
Junior McGregor (left) of Tivoli Gardens in action during a Red Stripe Premier League match last season. At right is Marvin Morgan of Arnett Gardens.

Former champions Tivoli Gardens on Monday earned their first win of the season after four games with a 1-0 win over fellow former champions Harbour View at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Twenty-two year-old substitute Junior McGregor was the man to provide the death blow in the 88th minute. Showing a lot of personality, character and presence since entering the field of play in the 70th minute, the live wire forward earned a free kick just outside the 18-yard box and took it himself. His unstoppable curler effort gave goalkeeper Joel Johnson no chance.

The win increased Tivoli Gardens' points tally to four and improved their standing to eighth in the 12-team league.

For McGregor, coming on and scoring was par for the course.


"Whenever I come on, I expect to score, and I have shown it since last season. I have been that substitute who has always brought success to Tivoli Gardens, so I guess it was planned even though the early substitution of Jermaine Johnson saw the team fall a little bit but Colorado Murray came on and lifted it up. With me coming on, I was not expecting to get that little time but I did what I had to do," the former Denham Town player said.

While he is happy to do the job for the team whenever he is called on, McGregor would prefer to be on from the start and even started out the season that way.

"This is my first goal and I am happy for it, and I am looking for more. With more starts, I will get more goals.

"I have played in all the games. I started the first game, but my form fell a little bit, so I have been coming off the bench. I have picked up the form and with the formation changing with me playing right behind the forward is good. That is where I want to play," an elated McGregor said at the end of the game.

But while McGregor is getting on to the field and producing for the club, his passion and eagerness to be involved has seen him on the outside. In fact, he parted ways with the club just over two years ago.

"I went to Rivoli for half a season before, but apart from that, this has been my only club. It was because of circumstances why I parted company with the club, but it is because of Mrs Joyce Fletcher, the photographer, why I am back here. She has always encouraged me. She has motivated me quite a lot. The truth is that I always want to be at this club, but they parted ways with me because of my discipline, but I have been working on it.

"The indiscipline that they speak of is really because I always want to play. The bench is kind of uncomfortable," explained McGregor.

With increased opportunities, the support of the fans McGregor promised to continue delivering for the club and hopefully realise his dream of a national invite followed by a national cap.