Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Rivoli, with a first-half penalty by inspirational captain Devon Hodges, clipped Boys' Town 1-0 in Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) sixth-round action at Collie Smith Complex in Trench Town yesterday afternoon.
Hodges scored from the spot in the 21st minute after a Boys' Town defender handled the ball inside his team's 18-yard area.
Rivoli had the home team on the defensive from very early, with midfielders Valentine Gardener, Michael Blygen and Raymond Williamson dominating the centre of the field.
They created several openings, but poor finishing let them down. Trailing 1-0, Boys' Town lifted their play in the second half with captain Michael Campbell, Renae Lloyd, Daemion Benjamin and Anthony Dawes pushing forward.
Shannon Bartley, playing his first RSPL match for Rivoli, was brilliant in goal and pulled off a number of spectacular saves to give his team a victory that pushed them to eight points in the 12-team league.
"It was a good win for us. We started the season well but lost our two previous games. Now, we have bounced back with a victory at Boys' Town," Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Rivoli United, told The Gleaner.
"We had some indisciplined players and we have sorted out that problem by dropping them. The team is more committed and worked hard in training in the past two weeks during the break. And this is just reward," Fitzgerald reasoned.
He also had high praises for his goalkeeper. "We have two good goalkeepers, so we decided to rotate them by giving each five games. This is Bartley's first of his five games, and he was outstanding in keeping a clean sheet," Fitzgerald disclosed.
At Effortville Community Centre, unbeaten August Town shocked the home team Humble Lion, who entered the round as leaders with 12 points. Larone Russell and veteran Kevin 'Pele' Wilson scored for August Town in a 2-0 win.
The promoted August Town moved to 10 points in the standing with their second victory of the season.
Tonight, Flow Champions Cup winners Waterhouse will host Sporting Central Academy at Waterhouse Stadium at 7 p.m.