Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
There will be plenty at stake when defending champions Tivoli Gardens and Waterhouse lock horns tonight at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in the final of the Flow Champions Cup All Island Knockout set to kick off at 9 p.m.
Both teams are guaranteed to be at least $400,000 richer at the end of the night, as this is the amount to be pocketed by the beaten finalist. However, what they have their sights set on is the $1M to be pocketed by the winners.
"We set ourselves some goals for this season and one of them is winning the Flow Champions Cup," Tivoli's assistant coach, Alvin Shaw, said. "Reasons being we haven't had any silverware in about two years, and the money is really important to us at this moment due to the situation the club is in."
Tivoli should enter the contest the more confident of the two teams, having defeated St Georges 3-0 in last year's final and blanking Arnett Gardens 5-0 in this year's semi-final.
In a dress rehearsal to the final Tivoli also got by Waterhouse 2-1 in league action on October 20, but Waterhouse's coach, Junior Francis is not daunted by all these results.
"We saw where we needed to make some tactical adjustments with the team, which we did, and we should be good going up against Tivoli and we should come out victorious," Francis said. "Tivoli is always a good team and a strong team to play against, and we won't take anybody or anything for granted.
Tivoli are yet to taste defeat this season, but Shaw does not want his team to dwell on past results including the triumph over Waterhouse in their recent meeting.
"You can't really use that as a benchmark because we beat them (Waterhouse); you can't take things for granted as they are a very good team," Shaw said. "Both teams got a chance to see each other recently, so it boils down to who have done their homework. Yes, we did pick up things from the game that we need to improve on and we did work on them this week."
While Tivoli will have their full squad at their disposal, Waterhouse will be without attacking midfielders Romario 'Rum Rum' Campbell and Lamar Nelson, who are both injured. They will hope that the league's leading talisman over the past two seasons, Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson will regain his form as he has only found the back of the net on three occasions so far this season; two in the knockout and one in the league.