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Teens ensure even finish in Rivoli-Tivoli showdown

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer

Two of the youngest players on show at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Wednesday afternoon scored during the Digicel Premier League football match between Rivoli United and Tivoli Football Club, which ended 1-1.

Owen Powell's 78th-minute strike stung Rivoli supporters into silence, when the 19-year-old calmly slotted home after beating his marker.

However, it was another 19-year-old, Owen Barker, who drew the game level for the 10-man Rivoli after he blasted a free kick into the roof of Tivoli's goal in time added on.

"It is an excellent feeling to know that you save your team from defeat in the last minute of play," Barker said.

"The game was one where the referee was not up to his best. Issuing so many cautions did not allow the game to flow. We are thankful for the point, though," said Rivoli's coach Bradley Stewart.

eight yellow cards

The referee issued eight yellow cards in the game.

The match was evenly contested in the first half, with custodians Edsel Scott of Tivoli and his counterpart Leon Goffe pulling off several spectacular saves, much to the delight of the spectators.

Second-half action started with the defending champions playing more cohesively, with Navion Boyd, Steve Green, Dwight Heron, Keammar Daley and Christopher Jackson leading the charge.

In the 65th minute, Tivoli gained the numerical advantage after Rivoli's Mark Newsome was given a red card for violent conduct against Jerry Walters.

With Devon Hodges, Fidel Anderson, Barrington Planter and Martin King playing with purpose, the spectators were kept on the edge of their seats.

"We tried everything this evening," said Tivoli's Dwight Heron, a former Rivoli player. "However, Rivoli proved hard to beat."