'This means a whole lot for us' - Flemmings' goal gives Tivoli much-needed victory
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Tivoli Gardens winger, Kemar Flemmings, was all over the field - blocking shots, providing options for his attackers and scored the lone goal in his team's 1-0 win over Savannah Sports Club in their midweek Red Stripe Premier League fixture at Frome Sports Complex.
Flemmings found himself alone with the goalkeeper on a through pass that left all the Savannah defenders looking at the assistant referee, and the winger fired past Chad Blair in the 60th minute to give his team the eventual win and all three points, as they fight to keep pace in the lower half of the table.
"It feels good ... . I thank God, the Almighty Father. We are in ninth position and this win will move us up one or so places, depending on results from other games," said Flemmings, whose team moved to 32 points, leapfrogging Humble Lion, who lost 0-1 to leaders Harbour View in one of the late matches.
Harbour View, whose goal was scored by Christopher Harvey in the second half, moved to 55 points and extended their lead to 12 points over Boys' Town (43), who displaced Portmore United (42) to now sit in second position, following a 1-0 win over Arnett Gardens (40) in the Trench Town derby at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
MoBay United (38) sit two points behind Arnett after drawing 2-2 with second-from-bottom Highgate United (25) at Catherine Hall Complex.
Tivoli entered the contest against Savannah in ninth place on 29 points - two behind eight-place Humble Lion - and looked sluggish against the cellar team, who used their familiarity with the turf to their advantage. They, however, lacked cutting edge in the final third, with midfielder Dwayne Roseway and Kenardo Cooper wasting several clear-cut chances that could have given the home side a clear advantage to add to their 17 points.
Roseway should have done better in the 58th minute when a pass from the right flank rolled between his legs, with Tivoli keeper Edsel Scott at his mercy.
That was the game's clearest opportunity, not counting three decent chances in the first half - two of which fell to Cooper and the other to Roseway.
But it was the visitors who produced the telling blow when they finally had one of their many through passes not flagged for offside; and with the defenders flat-footed, it was only left for Flemmings to coolly fire into the back of the net.
"This means a whole lot for us. We have not been playing our best consistently, so we are happy for three more points that will pull us away from danger.
"It means that with performances like these we can start challenging again for a top-three finish. Obviously, Harbour View will be hard to catch from where we are, but second or even third is not out of the question. But we need to keep winning the rest of our games," reasoned Flemmings.
Savannah 0 Tivoli 1
Arnett 0 Boys' Town 1
Harbour View 1 Humble Lion 0
MoBay United 2 Highgate 2
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