Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Tivoli Gardens Football Club, led by a brace from Shavar Campbell, slammed August Town 5-1 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second-round football game at University of the West Indies (UWI) Bowl, Mona, yesterday.
Campbell, who transferred to Tivoli from Savannah during the summer, scored for the first time this season in the 16th minute and added the second in the 44th. Other scorers for Tivoli were André Morgan (57th), Rohan Reid (71st) and Jamoy Sibblies (86th).
August Town's substitute Larone Russell scored the consolation for his team in the 90+ minute.
Jeffrey Grant of August Town picked up his second yellow card in the 72nd minute and was sent off the field.
The diminutive Campbell had played in all 11 first-round games for his new club, but finally broke the drought when he received a good pass and beat August Town goalkeeper Kevin Graham with a neat finish. He then doubled his tally with another good finish on the stroke of half-time.
August Town created some good chances, but were let down by faulty finishing from Richard Orrett and Jerome Wedderburn.
Tivoli scored three more times in the second half and ran out easy winners to move to 18 points and third behind leaders Harbour View and second place Montego Bay United.
"It is a great feeling to finally score for Tivoli Gardens. Although I wasn't scoring, the coaching staff kept faith in me and my team-mates always encourage me. It was just a matter of time," a delighted Campbell told The Gleaner.
Tivoli's head coach, Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, lauded Campbell for his double strike and performance.
"We always knew that he would get going. We kept on telling him that he will be rewarded for his hard work," Bailey said.
"The team played well today, but lapsed in the final minute and conceded a goal. We wanted a clean sheet. The objective is to win the second round and see where it takes us," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Bradley Stewart, who took over from Max Straw at August Town earlier this month, was very disappointed with the result.
"This is disgraceful in my second game in charge. In the first one we drew with then leaders Montego Bay United away. Now we lost badly today," Stewart said.
The RSPL continues tonight with Cavalier tackling Humble Lion at Stadium East, starting at 7 p.m.
August Town 1Tivoli Gardens 5
MoBay United 0 Waterhouse 0
Sporting Central 1 Ptmore United 2
Arnett Gardens 0 Rivoli United 1
Harbour View 2 Boys' Town 1