Tivoli stun MBU in fierce battle
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United's (MBU) poor form continued yesterday, after stumbling to a 2-0 loss at home to Tivoli Gardens FC.
Barrington Pryce opened the scoring for Tivoli in the 30th minute, and Jamoy Sibbles compounded matters when he scored a brilliant header in time added, to take his team on to 32 points in the standings. MBU remain stuck on 36 points.
It was another uncharacteristic display from MBU, who are yet to hit the dizzying heights that took them to the title last season, as their usual swashbuckling style has been abandoned for a more cautious approach. They have now gone six matches to without a win.
"Our players looked tired out there, not much energy in the legs, and I think that was what made the difference today. Tivoli had the better chances, and they took them and won the match," said MBU coach Carlos Garcia.
"It's a moment for us to analyse our approach to see how soon we can change these bad results and get back on track as quickly as possible," Garcia added.
writing on the wall
The writing was on the wall from early, as MBU chose to fire at goal from long range, giving the Tivoli defence little work to do.
Then in minute 15, Tivoli launched their first serious attack and almost scored when Christopher Jackson's blistering shot just missed the target.
They then scored, as Pryce found himself in the right place at the right time to nod home from close range off a corner kick, as Tivoli grabbed the important go-ahead goal.
The homesters pressed for the equaliser, but their efforts lacked, and their main target up front, Allan Ottey, failed to get a shot at goal all afternoon. Their best effort came deep into the second half, and even that was well handled by the Tivoli defenders, who cleared the ball off the line in the 75th minute.
Sibbles then scored a beauty to seal victory, capitalising on a wonderfully crafted build-up play from the right of goal as Tivoli took a step towards what their coach, Alvin Shaw, said was their ambitious drive towards the semi-finals.
"It was a tactically beautiful game from my side; the players did all we asked of them in training and it paid off," Shaw said.
"This win is one along the way as we seek to get into the semi-finals. I think it went according to plan, and I am left delighted with the result," he said.