Rivoli, MoBay draw
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Montego Bay United failed to put back pressure on Arnett Gardens for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leadership, after they had to settle for a 0-0 draw with red-hot Rivoli United at the Prison Oval yesterday. However, the defending champions should be counting their blessings, as Rivoli wasted numerous scoring opportunities and had only themselves to blame for not taking all three points.
The result left the western Jamaica side on 34 points, one adrift of leaders Arnett Gardens, who play their outstanding game against Cavalier tonight at Stadium East. Rivoli remain fifth on 29 points but slipped two points behind Waterhouse, who won for the first time in seven games.
Rivoli coach Calvert Fitzgerald said his team has shown their ability to score goals almost every match so far, and he anticipated days like this when they fire blanks.
"I thought we played well. We matched up with Montego Bay, because we know that if we have any intention to challenge for the crown, we will have to play games like these against these big teams and not concede. We got a lot of opportunities, and I thought had we score, one or two of those chance, we would have won the game,' he said.
Rivoli totally dominated the first period. Sunday's hero, Ross Burton, was the villain this time, as he wasted at least three great opportunities in the first-half, and wasted another two great chances at the start of the second-half.
But he was not alone, as top scorer Cory Burke also had a tame header saved by Jacomena Barret, when he had time to control. Then Kemar Beckford blasted over the goal with Barrett out of position and only one defender on the line.
MoBay, who were without three of their most influential players, Dino Williams, Omar Gordon, and Lesly St Fluer, relied heavily on Allan Ottey, who came close on a few occasions. However, for the most part, the Rivoli defence kept him under wraps.
"I think they were a little better than us in the first-half, but we had much better chances in the second-half, and it could have been a three-three or four-four tie, but it ended zero-zero, so I think it's a good thing (point) today. This is our fourth clean sheet in a row, and we have lost three of our best players to play overseas, and without those players, we did very good," he said.