Tivoli edge closer to second-place finish
Tivoli Gardens moved closer to a second-place finish in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they defeated already relegated Boys' Town 3-1 at the Edward Seaga Complex in west Kingston yesterday.
Junior McGregor sent the home side ahead when he converted a freekick in the second minute. Five minutes later, veteran Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson doubled the lead. However, Boys' Town's veteran defender Daemion 'Benjy' Benjamin scored a well taken freekick in the 47th minute. Then, Andre Moulton sealed the victory for Tivoli in the 88th minute.
With the win, Tivoli moved to 50 points, the same as rivals Arnett Gardens. However, Arnett enjoy a superior goal difference.
Omar Edwards, head coach of Tivoli, was satisfied with the three points but disappointed with his team's performance in the second half.
"The win draws us level on points with Arnett. Now, it will be decided in the final round on Wednesday. We will continue to fight for the second place as that would push us straight into the semi-final," Edwards told The Gleaner immediately after the game.
"We started the game well with two quick goals but slacked off a bit in the second half. As I always say, it is a work in progress. We will continue to build and fight for the title," he added.
Coach of Boys' Town Andrew Price, who turned up with only 14 players, said that he is proud of his team.
"We had some players out due to injuries, including national midfielder Jamiel Hardware and veteran defender Wayne Ellis. We fielded a young team, and they fought all the way," Price pointed out.
The veteran coach said that his team will continue to battle despite being relegated.
"We will continue to play hard football and protect our integrity. It is not our intention to make it easy for any team," he added.
Meanwhile, with the final set of preliminary-round games scheduled for Wednesday, Tivoli joined Arnett and Portmore as the qualifiers for the top-six championship battle.