Portmore wanted win more than Tivoli
Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer
Portmore United's captain, Anthony Modeste, thought his team's great desire for victory against Tivoli Gardens provided the springboard for their win in the Digicel Premier League football match at Ferdie Neita Park on Sunday.
Portmore United, through a 21st-minute strike from Carlington Smith, clipped former leaders and defending champions Tivoli Gardens 1-0 and enhanced their chances of avoiding relegation.
Smith calmly slotted the ball past Edsel Scott in goal for Tivoli. The striker was let through by the impressive Tremaine Stewart, who kept the Tivoli defense busy all game.
"I thought we dug in a little bit harder," said Modeste. "We got an opportunity and we scored and there was the result."
He added: "Our main aim is to collect three points from every game we play and we've started with Tivoli."
With the win, Portmore jumped from 10th to seventh with 38 points, while Tivoli dropped to second, still on 63 points - a point behind new leaders Harbour View (64), which came from behind to beat Arnett 2-1.
Tivoli got their chances but were denied by faulty shooting by their attackers and good goalkeeping by Portmore's Duwayne Kerr.
Tivoli actually missed two chances in two minutes during a high-tempo first half. Jameel Thompson missed a sitter from 12 yards with a shot that lodged in the side netting; and Roland Dean's shot was blocked by Kerr from point-blank range.
Tivoli's assistant coach, Max Straw, said: "I thought Portmore played hard and deserved to win. We came here to get three points, but I thought Tivoli disrespected Portmore.
"Portmore is a quality team, constructed with quality players, and if you go there believing you have them in the bag already, then you will get a result like this," he added.
The teams will now turn their attention to the fourth round, with Tivoli playing five matches in the top six, and Portmore also playing five games in the bottom six.