Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Barbican FC escaped with a 1-1 draw against Rivoli United in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match-day 23 encounter at Barbican Complex yesterday.
The home side opened the score sheet when Jermaine Parris scored a fantastic goal in the 35th minute. Parris controlled the ball on his chest and, with back to goal, turned and volleyed past Rivoli's goalkeeper, Shannon Bartley.
However, Rivoli, who squandered many goal opportunities, equalised courtesy of Kemar Beckford in the 62nd minute. The build-up to the goal was excellent. A series of one-two combination passes between Beckford and Cory Burke contributed to the strike.
Rivoli started at a fast pace and got some early chances, but Barbican's goalie made some wonderful saves. Taylor was certainly the difference in his team walking away with a point.
"We put in a tough fight, coming off injuries to several players," Barbican's goalscorer, Parris, told The Gleaner.
"I scored a good goal. We wanted to win in order to move away from the bottom, but the point is good. We will have to look forward to the next game," the midfielder said.
Barbican's coach, Marvin Tate, admitted that his team had a poor performance.
"We had a poor game because the team diverted from the game plan, which was to keep possession and be patient. We rushed the game, and Rivoli dominated," Tate assessed.
"We got a point, which is more than none at all. The team will have to continue fighting to save relegation," he said.
Meanwhile, Calvert Fitzgerald, Rivoli's veteran football coach, said he is not satisfied with the result.
"I am not satisfied with the draw. However, we went behind by a very good goal. We got better chances, but settled for a 1-1 draw. We should have won the game easily," he informed.
Barbican moved to 21 points but remained at the bottom of the 12-team standings. Reno is also on the same points, but enjoy a better goal difference.