Village jolt Tivoli
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Village United were the perfect spoilers as they put the brakes on Digicel Premier League contenders Tivoli Gardens, with a 2-0 win over the defending champions at the Elliston Wakeland Centre yesterday.
Dino Williams, with a goal in the eighth minute and Delroy Ellis, in the 20th, provided the ammunition for Village.
Heading into yesterday's game, Tivoli Gardens trailed Harbour View - who played St Georges in a late game at Lynch Park - by a point and needed a positive result to keep pace.
"I don't think we played well in the first half. We started flat and I don't know the reason for that. You cannot be in a position where you need three points and we are starting out the way we did. We gave up two goals in the first half and it was hard getting back on a field like this," a disappointed Tivoli Gardens coach, Lenworth Hyde Sr., who lamented the lack of leadership on the field summing up his team's performance at the end of the game.
Village United's coach, Cassman Williams, lauded his players for the effort.
"One of the most important things is that we had not won a game against Tivoli Gardens all season and they decided that they would not lose another to them. They had it in their head that they had to win. We also had not scored against them all season so I think that was the major motivation behind the effort.
"I think everyone in the team put out the effort that we have been asking for," Williams said.
The home team started out strongly and played with a degree of confidence that pleased the fair turnout. It was no surprise when Village's more purposeful display brought them rewards.
Dino Williams, outstanding all game, fired home a volley after Lance Laing curled in a teasing left-footer from the left flank. The height and weight were perfect for Williams, who guided it past Edsel Scott in goal.
Twelve minutes later it was 2-0 as the hardworking Ellis broke away just outside the 18-yard box, worked his way inside it and blasted to the left of Scott. Scott's effort could not keep it out and the ever-alert Ellis reacted well and slotted home the rebound.
Tivoli Gardens, despite looking second best, especially in the first half, were not entirely out of it, and with a little luck could have found the back of the net as they missed a number of chances. The introduction of Irvino English in the second half gave them more of a threat from free-kicks, but it was not his or his team's day.