East lifts Portmore to win over TG
Jovan East starred in the west yesterday evening, netting a double at Tivoli Gardens to hand Portmore United a 2-1 victory in a hard fought Red Stripe Premier League battle at Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
East netted in the 38th and 83rd minutes, either side of a 56th minute goal from Tivoli's mercurial striker, Jermaine Johnson.
East, benefiting from Maalique Foster's industry, made a simple tap-in finish at goalmouth to swing the balance decidedly in Portmore's favour and send his team climbing up the ladder to joint leadership at 18 points in nine matches, alongside Montego Bay United.
Tivoli, which might otherwise have made the jump, remained on 14 points from a result that represented a turnaround for either team's prior league finish.
Portmore's 3-0 loss at Juici Field in Clarendon served a big motivation for their hero on the day, the 20-year-old East.
"It's a good feeling, it's all about the hard work in the training session," the former Calabar Manning Cupper stated. "I liked the preparation from the week start ... it was more intense.
"We lost the game on Sunday, so we needed the victory to stay at the top of the table. To come to this ground, we had to be motivated and we wanted to get a good result to motivate ourselves again to go to Arnett Gardens because that is going to be another tough game," said East, pointing towards their next matchup.
Their head coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, is taking it one game at a time as well, but took time out to savour the moment.
"It's a great win. We showed a lot of character, seeing that we lost the last game and to come back and win today I thought we did really, really well," a smiling Hewitt admitted.
For Tivoli's Damion Gordon, their former captain-turned-coach, losing was tough.
"It's very disappointing, very disappointing," he said. "We've been doing well as a team, we've been doing well as a unit and these things happen in football; at times you're up, at times your're down. But I just think we could've managed the game a little bit better. When we went one-all I think we should have managed the game a little bit better because we had them on the backfoot."
Humble Lion 2
Boys Town 1
Tivoli Gardens 0
Portmore United 0
Harbour View 1
Arnett Gardens FC vs Rivoli United FC at Anthony Spaulding Complex 6:00 p.m.
Montego Bay United FC vs Waterhouse FC at Wespow Park 3:00pm