Tivoli Gardens score first win of the season
Heroics by Tivoli Gardens' outstanding goalkeeper and captain Edsel Scott led his team to a 2-0 win against Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday.
Scott displayed his usual determination and ensured his team's first victory of the new season. Former Jamaica College schoolboy star, Junior Flemmings, handed Tivoli a 34th minute lead when he easily beat Harbour View's custodian Devon Haughton in goal.
Then Tivoli was awarded a penalty and after some delay as to who should take the kick, Scott left his goal and confidently scored in the 71st minute.
However, Harbour View was also awarded a penalty 16 minutes later and Scott dived outstretched to his right and made a remarkably save from Harbour View's captain Nicholas Beckett.
The game was dull for the most part as the players were focused on hard tackles and individual plays.
"We had a good talk about the situation having two losses and two drawn results previously. Now we need to move forward," Scott said.
The veteran goalie also revealed that he has been playing in the nation's top-flight football league for some 23 years and that was his first goal.
"This is my first goal since I start playing for Hazard in the 1991-92 season," the 38-year-old said.
Coach of Tivoli, Christopher Bender, was satisfied with his first win of the new season.
"It was a sense of relief. We played better in the four previous games, but failed to win. Now we need to continue working hard in training," Bender said.
Losing coach Ludlow Bernard said Tivoli must be commended for their fighting spirit.
"Clearly, we have to correct the situation. There were players out there that did not show commitment, so we will investigate and try to come up with the right team for the next game." Bernard said.
The win pushed Tivoli to five points, while Harbour View remained on six, after five sets of games.
Tivoli Gardens 2 Harbour View 0
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Montego Bay 1 Humble Lion 1
Rivoli 3 Boys' Town 4
Portmore 1 Cavalier 0
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