Cavalier, Tivoli in hot-tempered draw
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Points never seemed to matter more yesterday when Cavalier and Tivoli Gardens clashed on match day 18 in a fierce and feisty Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, which saw the teams battle as gladiators for a share of the points in a dramatic 1-1 draw.
Tivoli Gardens' goalscorer was Christopher Jackson, who drew first blood courtesy of a cheeky second-minute free kick. His shot trickled through the Cavalier defence and past the outstretched hand of Jerald Eastwood.
The first half presented fair chances for both teams, while Tivoli's through passes exposed Cavalier's defence on a number of occasions.
Goalie Eastwood seemed in redemption mode after conceding early and put in some crunching saves.
Cavalier's forward line was on the receiving end of some aerial balls, which weren't met with a final touch or enough venom to test goalkeeper Deron Duncan as the half ended 1-0 to the hosts.
second half substitutes
Having come on as second-half substitutes, Donovan McCurdy and Chevonne Marsh injected potency and depth in Cavalier's attack.
The two would eventually play a role in Cavalier's 92nd-minute equalising goal, with McCurdy's close-range strike rescuing a share of the points for Cavalier despite them finishing with 10 men.
The result lifted Tivoli up to 25 points, while Cavalier ended a four-match losing skid to inch up to 23.
Tivoli, though, should have had a winner before that equaliser when Eastwood was beaten as he advanced for the ball and the hosts just could not finish.
Cavalier's Liston James' rash tackle late in the game produced a straight red, which resulted in players and spectators scuffling and verbally abusing each other.
The referee had no control of the heated contest and the game was held up for about 20 minutes.
Besides the red, there were six yellow cards, four of which went to Tivoli's players.
Tivoli's manager, Brian Rose, was disappointed with the final result.
"We had a lacklustre second half after going ahead," he said.
"We should have had three points. We are hoping for a better performance against Sporting Central," Rose added.
Cavalier's Rudolph Speid credited his team's performance.
"This is the first time we have gone behind in a game but came back," he said.
"Both teams played hard for three points, but we showed a lot of fight and will be going back to the drawing board," he added.
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