Tivoli snap losing streak
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Tivoli Gardens snapped a three-game losing streak, following a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Olympic Gardens in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout competition Round of Sixteen first-leg game at Edward Seaga Complex on Tuesday evening.
The west Kingston club, having lost three consecutive games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), bounced back with a narrow win against KSAFA Super League outfit Olympic Gardens.
The all-important goal was scored by Nicholas Scott, who fired a powerhouse shot past Olympic's goalkeeper Marvin Fullerton
The visitors stood up well and gave a gusty performance, but failed to really test Tivoli's custodian, Duran Duncan.
The youthful Tivoli team, which featured Jamaica College Manning Cup schoolboy captain Junior Flemmings, squandered some good scoring chances, especially Flemmings, who worried the Olympic backline with his pace and skill.
Despite seemingly happy about the win, under-fire coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey appeared at odds with the media.
"I am not talking to the media. You can speak to my assistant (Alvin Shaw)," he said, when approached for comments.
Tivoli's losing streak dated back to December 16 when they went down 1-2 to neighbouring club Boys' Town at their west-Kingston home turf. A week later, Portmore United blanked Tivoli 2-0 at Ferdie Neita Park and then last Sunday they crashed 0-3 to Cavalier Soccer Club at their home ground, Edward Seaga Sports Complex. All those defeats came in the RSPL and now Tivoli are lying in eighth position on 26 points from 20 games, having won seven, drawn five and lost eight games.
Although Tivoli's win was achieved in the Corporate Area KO competition, it was a welcome one as, following the defeat to Cavalier two days earlier, Tivoli Gardens Football Club president, Edward Seaga, was very upset about his team's performance.
Not tivoli's football style
In an interview, Seaga told The Gleaner: "This is not Tivoli. This is not how we play football and something has to be done."
Despite fuming at his team's performance, Seaga refused to confirm the future of Bailey as head coach then. He said there would be a meeting with the coach and players this week to address the situation.
Seaga had also said: "I don't know if they (players) are responding to the coaching staff, that's why we will have the meeting."
In other Round of 16 first leg games on Tuesday, Boys' Town whipped Police National 5-1 at Shortwood, while Bull Bay and Barbican battled to a 1-1 draw at Bull Pen.
The KSAFA/Yellow Pages Jackie Bell KO competition continues today with the final set of Round of 16 games. The full fixture reads: Mountain View vs Harbour View at Excelsior High School, Whitfield Town vs Waterhouse at Greenwich All Age and Junior High School, Maxfield Park vs Cavalier at Maxfield Park, and Santos vs Arnett Gardens at Bell Chung. All games start at 3 p.m.