Tivoli resurgence continues

February 01, 2016
Ricardo Makyn /Staff Photographer Tivoli Gardens' Donovan Dawkins (left) heads the ball by Harbour View's goalkeeper Mark Bryan in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Complex, yesterday. Tivoli won the game 2-1.

Tivoli Gardens FC's resurgence continued under the technical leadership of Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, when they edged Harbour View FC 2-1 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) yesterday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

Jamaica College schoolboy star Donovan Dawkins opened the scoring for Tivoli in the second minute and defender Barrington Pryce got the winning goal in the 81st minute.

Jorginho James netted for the losers in the 27th minute.

Tivoli started with more purpose as they ran at the visitors. The home side went ahead early when the 18-year-old Dawkins scored his first for the club. However, Harbour View picked up and equalised courtesy of James in the first half.

On the resumption, Tivoli continued their spirited play, but were let down by wasteful shooting from former Reggae Boy Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson, who missed three sitters.

Tivoli went ahead for good when Pryce climbed high and headed a right-side free kick taken by Junior Flemmings past goalkeeper Mark Bryan.

PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE

Tivoli's assistant coach, Damion Gordon, was pleased with the overall performance of his team.

"I'm very excited about the win today. It is our second since Admiral returned. We dominated the game and should have won by a bigger margin," Powell told STAR Sports.

Powell, a former Tivoli defender, spoke highly about Bailey's influence on the team since he returned last month and took over as technical director.

"He (Bailey) knows the club as he spent many years here and won two Premier League titles, so it was a good move," the assistant coach said.

On the other hand, Harbour View's coach, Ludlow Bernard, was disappointed.

"It was a disappointing loss as we wanted to move into the top four. The windy conditions made it difficult for us. However, it was a spirited performance from Tivoli. We will have to move on from this defeat," Bernard reasoned.

Tivoli moved to 26 points but remained in 10th position, just above the drop zone, while Harbour View stayed in fifth position on 33.

Yesterday's results

FC Reno 2, Rivoli United 1

Montego Bay United 3, Humble Lion 1

Portmore 1, Boys' Town 3

UWI FC 1, Waterhouse 0

Tivoli Gardens 2, Harbour View 1

Tonight's game

Cavalier SC vs Arnett Gardens FC

at Stadium East, starting at 8:40.

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