Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
A classy first-half display by Tivoli Gardens was enough to see them turn back west-Kingston neighbours Boys' Town 4-2 in their Flow Champions Cup knock-out second-round encounter yesterday evening at Edward Seaga Complex.
The defending champions got their goals from André Morgan (30th), Jameel Thompson (33), Keammar Daley (39th) and Rafeik Thomas (63rd).
Boys' Town's consolation goals were scored by captain Michael Campbell in the 47th minute and Victor Thompson (88th).
Tivoli progressed to the quarter-finals where they are guaranteed $90,000, as they took a step closer to the $1 million to be pocketed by the eventual champions.
The only blemish on Tivoli's impressive first-half display was the sending off of Rohan Reid in the 45th minute, following a tackle on Renae Lloyd - his second bookable offence.
It appeared as though Boys' Town were going to capitalise on their numerical advantage and get back into the game after Campbell calmly volleyed home from close range just on the resumption. The Red Brigade, however, soon let the momentum slip as Carlos Wright lost his footing to let in Thomas, who easily beat the helpless Kirk Porter in goal to restore the three-goal margin.
"We were well beaten today and we were always second best throughout the entire game," Boys' Town's head coach, Andrew Price, said.
Tivoli Gardens' coach, Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, said: "The type of formation that I have decided to play this season the players have adapted to it very well and it is very effective and is wreaking havoc, so far, on the rest of teams," Bailey shared.
"I am very pleased with the team ... . I think they played well and put out a very good performance."