'Hungry' Tivoli now five unbeaten
Ten-man Tivoli Gardens' 2-0 win over Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) yesterday saw the west Kingston club winning their fifth straight match at home, while extending their unbeaten run at the Edward Seaga Complex to nine games.
Since losing their first game at home, their second match of the season, Tivoli have not tasted defeated in their backyard, and their run of five successive victories at home has boosted their confidence.
"The players are growing from strength to strength and that is a plus for us. We have about four to five players out injured that we are hoping to get recovered. We have quality in depth, we just have keep everybody motivated and let everyone play a key part in our going forward," Tivoli head coach Omar Edwards said.
AndrÈ Moulton gave the host a fourth-minute lead and Kareem Manning's own goal extended it to 2-0 after an hour. But Tivoli had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 players after Sean Coleman picked up a second booking.
"Both teams put down the ball and played some good football, but my team was hungrier and hence we manage to get three points. We played a good game and scored an early goal which dictated the pace for us going forward," Edwards continued.
"But it was a physical encounter. The referee started to dictate the pace of the game very early by using cards to manage the game and we finished the game with 10 men. But we defended stoutly with the 10 men and it really paid off for us," he said.
The win carried third-place Tivoli (36 points) within one point of second-place and previously unbeaten Arnett Gardens, who suffered a 5-1 humbling to leaders Portmore United (44) for their first defeat this season.