Ainsley Walters, Freelance Reporter
Rivoli United striker Devon Hodges (left) scores one of his four goals past Wadadah custodian, Wayne Sawyers, during their National Premier League qualifier at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday. Wadadah won 11-0.
- Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
ALL of seven Rivoli players, led by a four-timer from striker Devon Hodges, got on the scoresheet yesterday as the Spanish Town side won promotion to the National Premier League with an embarrassing 11-0 win over 10-man Wadadah at the Prison Oval in St Catherine.
Rivoli started the day favourites to join already qualified Meadhaven as promoted teams, needing a win against Montego Bay's Wadadah to ensure their spot ahead of third-place York lurking a point behind.
Meadhaven beat York 2-0 in St Thomas to end the qualifiers unbeaten, getting goals from Keammar Daley in the fourth minute and Dwayne Hunter in the 86th.
Salvage some pride
Wadadah's coach, Delroy Delisser, on Friday said his team wanted to salvage some pride from the qualifiers after going winless. The Montegonians started brightly but went in 0-2 at the break after Hodges netted in the 12th and 38th minutes.
However, Hodges' second goal, for which Wadadah's defence froze expecting an offside call, somewhat broke the spirit of the Montegonians, who travelled with just one reserve.
They used their only change at the break but fell further behind six minutes later, undone by cheeky play from Rivoli's strikers, Hodges and eventual scorer Fidel Anderson who finished off a flick-on from his strike partner by lobbing the last defender then the onrushing goalkeeper.
David Lewis easily rounded Sawyers inside the 18-yard box to score the first of his two goals in the 55th minute and Hodges made it 5-0 in the 65th from a highly suspect play, which led to the ejection of Raphael Palmer for verbally
abusing the assistant referee, who, he thought, should have called an offside.
Everything went downhill for Wadadah after Palmer's ejection as Hodges made it 6-0 with his fourth goal in the 74th, opening the floodgates.
Substitute Mark Wint netted a penalty in the 77th to make it 7-0 and Wadadah were reduced to nine men after Damian Jackson limped off injured two minutes later, signalling the start of a free-for-all.
Four goals in the last 10 minutes
Goalkeeper Wayne Sawyers decided he wanted to play upfield and switched shirts with defender Omar Murray and Wadadah conceded four goals in the last 10 minutes.
Ricardo Dixon made it 8-0 in the 81st, Ricardo Knight added another in the 83rd, Lewis netted his second to push the score into double figures in the 85th and Barrington Planter completed the rout in the 90th.
Despite his team's one-sided win, Rivoli's coach, Anthony Thompson, said plenty work was needed for the Spanish Town men to be competitive in the Premiership.
"Rivoli have to be strengthened," he said. "It's the Premier League and we need more players. We have to start preparing now.
"We know what took us out. It will take hard work and some sponsors. That's what Rivoli were short of the last time," he added.