Rivoli beat Tivoli
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Rivoli United staged a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Tivoli Gardens in the fourth round of the Red Stripe Premier League at the Edward Seaga Complex in west Kingston yesterday.
The visitors went behind when Tivoli's captain Keammar Daley sent a well-struck free kick in the back of the net with 25 minutes played.
However, Rivoli made adjustments in midfield and that sparked a brilliant comeback with three goals in a six-minute period.
Daniel Roberts found the equaliser in the 66th minute before Kemar Beckford made it 2-1 two minutes later (68th) with Ross Burton's 72nd-minute strike handing Rivoli a two-goal cushion.
But there was more drama as Navion Boyd scored a penalty for Tivoli in the 74th minute to set up a grandstand finish. However, Rivoli, who had only three substitutes held on for their first victory of the new RSPL season.
Rivoli moved to five points, while Tivoli remained on two points following back-to-back losses.
Rivoli's Corey Burke was adjudged the Busta Man of the Match for his two assists in the game.
"First and foremost, we worked very hard in training and I am happy that although I did not score, my teammates did the job," Burke told The Gleaner.
"We have a never say die attitude and knew that one goal is hard to beat us. We had some players out to chikungunya, but we came and fought hard today," Burke added.
Coach of Rivoli, Calvert Fitzgerald was also very happy with the performance of the team.
"We had not beaten Tivoli last season and I'm thankful for the victory today (yesterday)," Fitzgerald said.
"We won the game despite adversity which brought the best in us today as the team is affected by the chikungunya. We have been putting in the work and it's a pleasing performance. I'm happy for the win," the veteran coach added.
Meanwhile, Alvin Shaw, coach of Tivoli was naturally disappointed with the result.
"It is a very disappointing result. We scored in the first half and got complacent and was flat in the second half. That basically gave Rivoli the game," Shaw said.
"Our players dropped their shoulders and that also happened in the Arnett match (last week)," he noted. "We are also affected by lack of light and don't get enough training time," Shaw disclosed.
Three games were postponed due to effects of the chikungunya virus.
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