UWI hold Tivoli Gardens 0-0
Ten-man UWI held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday to retake fourth spot from Harbour View. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, one more than Harbour View and two ahead of Humble Lion, which were down to play a late game.
At the Edward Seaga Complex, the home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimal. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane's corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball.
After the break, UWI showed more purpose going forward, but they too found it difficult to create clear-cut chances. However, they lost their momentum soon after Deno Schaffe was shown a red card in the 59th minute for fouling goalkeeper Davin Watkins as he attempted to restart the game.
Coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a point.
"We are more mature in the league now, we will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today we had to grind out a point," he said.
Tivoli's assistant coach Damian Gordon, thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team.
"We should have won the game, but it's football and we didn't play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct," said the former Tivoli player.
Meanwhile, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex.
Waterhouse 2 Rivoli United 1
Harbour View 1 Humble Lion FC 1
Tivoli Gardens FC 0 UWI FC 0
Portmore United 2 FC Reno 2