Rivoli hold Waterhouse
Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
Boyd ... scored both goals for Tivoli.
Rivoli United held high-riding Waterhouse to a nil-all draw in their Digicel Premier League match at theSpanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.
Waterhouse moved to 40 points, but lost second spot to Tivoli Gardens, who beat Clarendon's Humble Lions 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
Navion Boyd scored both goals - a first-half penalty, and a smashing second-half volley from the top of the box after collecting a rebound from a corner kick.
Tivoli, the defending champions, now have 41 points.
Rivoli, meanwhile, moved to 23 points but remained in a tightly bunched bottom-six group, with the teams seperated by no more than five points.
Waterhouse's Rohan Amos was ejected in the 46th minute for violent conduct after he punched Rivoli's Ricardo Planter.
With leading goal scorer Devon Hodges of Rivoli and Kevin Lamey of Waterhouse, another leading scorer in the league, on the pitch, there was great anticipation.
The first half was very fast, with spectators of both teams having much to cheer for but the all-important goal, as both goalkeepers responded to some testing shots with brilliant saves.
In the second half, the game took on a new dimension with a type of exchange associated more with scrimmage, with players being too individualistic.
Even with the introduction of striker Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson for Jonathan Williams, Waterhouse still did not lift their play to the level that gave them the impressive run to make the end-of-round final.
Waterhouse's coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, said his team played very well with 10 men, but was disappointed not to have won, adding that "while we played very well, we got the easiest chance of the game".
Rivoli's coach, Oneil Thomas, said: "It is good that we did not lose, so we are glad and will be moving forward with more purpose."