Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Cavalier registered their third victory in four league meetings with Tivoli Gardens since gaining promotion to the Red Stripe Premier League last season after clipping them 1-0 yesterday at Stadium East.
The game's lone goal was scored by Cavalier's captain Girvon Brown in the 13th minute, as the Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey coached Tivoli were condemned to their first defeat of the season.
The result has moved the David Lalor-coached Cavalier to 10 points while Tivoli remain on nine.
"Cavalier and Portmore always seem to be our jinx teams where either we give up maximum points or we give up two points," Bailey said after the game. "Teams have that all over the world where there is a team they seem to find difficult to beat."
Poor results against Cavalier is not the only thing that seems to be plaguing Tivoli. Also of concern is their inability to convert from the penalty spot. This after Keammar Daley's penalty kick was saved by Cavalier's custodian Jovel Plunkett in the 77th minute.
Tivoli had just last week lost out on penalties to Waterhouse in the Flow Champions Cup final when they converted only once from the spot, while their opponents netted all of their attempts.
"We do this (penalty shooting) constantly and even yesterday (Saturday) morning, Keammar Daley kicked and converted," Bailey said. "Two back-to-back losses now; we don't want it to get to us. We want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible."
The game was a scrappy affair, due primarily to the heavy rain which preceded kick-off and lasted for most of the first half, resulting in less than ideal underfoot conditions. Cavalier were the first to come to grips with the situation and jumped into an early lead when Brown fired a free kick past Edsel Scott in Tivoli's goal.
Tivoli gave a much improved second-half showing, while Cavalier seemed content with protecting their slim lead.
"We are really pleased with this victory. Tivoli were one of the unbeaten teams, so for us to come and beat them today says a lot for Cavalier," Lalor said.