Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Coaches of promoted teams August Town FC and Rivoli United FC had mixed views after they battled to a 1-1 draw in the opening round of the Red Stripe Premier League's 2013-14 season at the University of the West Indies' Bowl, Mona, yesterday.
Max Straw, head coach of August Town, was very pleased that his team was able to walk away with a share of the points, despite playing at home.
"I am definitely pleased with the result and the team's performance. We took the lead in the first half, then lost a man about 15 minutes into the second half. And, Rivoli came back and equalised in the second half.
"We are satisfied as the last time we played against Rivoli here in May, we were beaten. Overall, I think it is a positive start for us. It's always good not to lose the first game of the season. We felt that we passed the test today," he said.
Meanwhile, Calvert Fitzgerald, head coach of Rivoli, was disappointed with the outcome of the game.
"I am extremely disappointed as we created numerous chances, especially in the second half.
"We wanted three points and should have taken all three. Going forward, I am expecting better finishing from my team," Fitzgerald noted.
Larone Russell handed August Town the lead when he netted in the 25th minute.
However, Rivoli fought back and equalised courtesy of Kemar Bennett in the 61st minute.
Rivoli's Jerome Wedderburn was shown a second yellow card and sent off the field in the 68th minute.