Portmore take top spot, Tivoli thrash BT
Portmore United moved to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) points standing yesterday after a 2-1 win over Waterhouse at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
Javon East and Ricardo Morris netted for the St Catherine club, which climbed to 31 points, one more than Arnett Gardens. The latter can regain the lead today when they host Montego Bay United at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. Kick-off time is 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, Tivoli Gardens coach Omar Edwards is pleased to see star striker Elton 'Juice' Thompson back from injury and scoring goals.
Thompson marked his return to the RSPL with the opening goal in a 3-0 win over neighbours Boys' Town at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
Thompson, Tivoli's second highest scorer last season, with 11 goals, was sidelined with an ankle injury which has plagued him since last season.
However, it took the speedy striker just seven minutes to get off the mark in his first game this season, and coach Edwards predicts that he will only get better.
"Elton is back from injury and although not fully fit, we managed to play him for about 70 minutes this afternoon. He is a work in progress, but his attitude is getting better, and I believe he will improve from here on," Edwards said.
The Tivoli coach added that a goal in his first match back will certainly boost Thompson's confidence going forward, and he is positive that his partnership with leading scorer, Colorado Murray would blossom.
"He (Thompson) always wants to score. He is passionate about the game, and to see him score this afternoon against one of our rivals is additional motivation for him."
It took Tivoli just seven minutes to jump into the lead, courtesy of Thompson. Junior McGregor then added a second in the 52nd before Murray sealed the win with a strike from the edge of the box. The victory lifted Tivoli (26 points) to third, two points ahead of UWI, who drew 1-1 with Humble Lion.
- Portmore 2 Waterhouse 1
- Tivoli 3 Boys' Town 0
- UWI 1 Humble Lion 1
- 3 p.m: Reno vs Sandals - Frome
- 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United - Anthony Spaulding Complex