Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Tivoli Gardens produced a scintillating second-half display to blank Montego Bay United 2-0 in their second-round Red Stripe Premier League football encounter at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
Substitute Navion Boyd (64th) and Fabian Campbell (71st) were the goalscorers for the Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey-coached Tivoli.
The victory moved Tivoli from ninth to fifth place in the standings on 18 points at press time last night. Montego Bay dropped to sixth with 17 points.
Bailey said they should have won by a wider margin.
"I think we played well because we played with a lot of guts and determination," he said. "I think that we should have been up by at least four goals at the end of the first half.
"However, in the second half I just asked them to come out with the same level of intensity and we were able score two goals, and I am happy for that," Bailey added.
Tivoli dominated the match from opening whistle and should have taken the lead in the 10th minute, but striker Jermaine Allen's shot from 12 yards was tipped over the crossbar by custodian Jacomeno Barrett.
A few minutes later, Tivoli's Nicholas Scott received a through pass out of midfield from Shawn McKoy and, with Barrett at his mercy, he shot wide of the target.
Keithy Simpson thought he had given Tivoli the lead on the stroke of half-time, but his shot from close range hit the crossbar.
Tivoli's dominance finally paid off in the second half when Boyd, with his first touch of the game, curled a beautiful 25-yard shot which went right through the hands of Barrett and into the goal.
Campbell made victory sure for the west Kingston-based team when he arrived at the near post to head home a well-measured cross from substitute Akeem Thenstead.
Dean Weatherley, coach of Montego Bay United, was disappointed with his team's effort.
"We just didn't turn up to play ... we were very flat from the first whistle," said Weatherley. "We had moments when we were playing and then we fell down again, and in the league format every game is a final. We came here today very flat and we paid the price."
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