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'Faulty finishing' - Edwards, Speid lament lack of goals as Cavalier, Tivoli end goalless

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
Tivoli Gardens' Marvin Stewart (left) and Omar Walcott of Cavalier battle for possession of the ball during their Red Stripe Premier League football match at Stadium East earlier this season.

Cavalier failed to beat Tivoli Gardens for the fourth time in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this season, as the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final first leg yesterday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.

However, both coaches felt that they created enough chances to win but were let down by faulty finishing.

Tivoli Gardens head coach Omar Edwards said that his team hold the advantage heading into the second and decisive leg this Wednesday at the Edward Seaga Complex.

"When I look at the performance overall, I believe that we got some chances that we should have capitalised on. We were solid and organised in the game. I believe in the end it was a good game from both teams," Edwards told The Gleaner immediately after the game.

"We will be playing at home in the second game. We took a point today, and that is a positive result. Now, we are looking forward to the second leg on our home turf. We have the advantage in the next leg," he said.

Rudolph Speid, Cavalier's technical director, said that Tivoli were physical and played many long balls.

"I think the first half, we got some good opportunities. But, in the end, it was a fair result," Speid said.

Speid holds no fear playing Tivoli on their home turf despite not winning against them this season.

"We can beat Tivoli anywhere, no matter where we play them. I just think that today, we did not take our chances. Tivoli was overly physical today and got a lot of bailouts. We had the better of the game, passed the ball around and created chances. All they did was playing long balls forward," he shared.

"I am not that worried we did not win this game. I am just looking forward to the next game," Speid added.