Late strike delights Thomas
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
It has become common practice for players not to celebrate scoring against their former teams.
In the two most recent incidents Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov, who was almost apologetic after netting the winner against former club Tottenham Hotspur yesterday in the English Premier League and more famously, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not celebrate his goals in either leg of Real's Champions League triumph over former team Manchester United.
Tivoli Gardens forward, Rafiek Thomas, ignored this trend yesterday, however, as he pranced around after netting a stoppage time winner against his previous employers Boys' Town in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter yesterday at Collie Smith Drive to earn his team a precious come from behind 2-1 win.
The victory moved Tivoli up to sixth on 42 points, while Boys' Town remain third with 45 points.
Marvin Morgan Jr had given Boys' Town the lead in the fifth minute before Andre McFarlane pulled Tivoli level in the 27th minute setting the stage for Thomas.
"It is a good feeling to have scored, but it is not because it is my former team why I was eager to score, I am eager to score in every match," Thomas told The Gleaner following the game. "It is a good feeling to score against a team that I used to play for, but it is always special to score the winning goal."
Thomas left Boys' Town for Tivoli during the January transfer window and still sits atop his former club's scoring chart with eight goals.
"The love is there still, as they (Boys' Town) understand why I had to leave and I am a professional, so we just have to move on," Thomas said.
With the league's first and second place teams opposing each other in the 29th round, it was a perfect opportunity for third place Boys' Town to close the gap on the leaders and they got off to the perfect start when Morgan netted his third goal of the season in the fifth minute. A cross into the area by Daemion Benjamin was headed down by Nicholas McMorris leaving Morgan with the simple task of tapping into the unguarded net.
The west Kingston derby lived up to expectations, as Tivoli came fighting back and pulled level in the 27th minute when McFarlane scored his second goal of the season following his move from Harbour View in the January window.
McFarlane easily got by Asrick Samuels then fended off a challenge from Benjamin before beating Boys' Town's custodian, Kirk Porter, with a looping shot from an acute angle.
Samuel's miserable evening came to an abrupt end when he was cautioned by referee Karl Tyrell for a foul in the 78th minute and then following a protest by the player he was shown a second card for dissent.
Boys' Town would be made to pay dearly for their indiscipline, as a lapse in concentration in the first minute of added time gave an unmarked Thomas the chance to easily slot past an advancing Porter to end Tivoli's four-game losing streak to Boys' Town.
Boys' Town 1
Marvin Morgan Jr (5th)
Asrick Samuels (red card 78th)
Tivoli Gardens 2
Andre McFarlane (27th)
Rafiek Thomas (90+1)
Carlos Barrett (21st)
Shamir Stewart (81st)
Sporting Central 1
Gregory Lewis (78th)
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