Rivoli promise to correct errors before it's too late

June 23, 2017
@Normal:Rivoli's Liston James goes up to head the ball away from Priory Academy's Maurico Gordon in their match at Drax Hall in St Ann, in the Magnum/charley's JB Premier league play-off on Sunday, June 18.
Rivoli United's head coach Anthony Thompson

Rivoli United's coach Anthony Thompson failed to deliver on a promise of drastic changes to the set up following the team's second defeat in three Charley's JB-Magnum JFF-Premier League play-offs against Priory Academy on Sunday.

Instead, on Wednesday, the same 11 came out against Cavalier and the result was a 1-1 draw.

Thompson insisted, after assessing the factors, it was best to stick with his regular starting team.

"I felt I should go with this (starting) team, and midway the second half, I would use the other changes, and it did work even though we were down one-nil," he said after the game.

Thompson, who is in his third stint as coach of the Spanish Town outfit, said they have continued to shoot themselves in the foot since the play-offs started, but are still looking to get it right for the remaining encounters.

"We always perform, but the mistakes we make haunt us every match we play, but we hope to get all of that correct for the next match," he said.

Rivoli escaped defeat and certain elimination by the skin of their teeth after Mario Matherson netted three minutes from time to earn them their second point in four games.

will be crucial

They now have two home games remaining, and will play leaders Sandals South Coast on eight points in Sunday's match.

Thompson knows a victory against the Westmoreland club will be crucial to thrusting themselves back into the thick of the race.

"The draw (against Cavalier) was very important. Everything is still open and Rivoli are going back home for the last two games. We are at home to Sandals, and (last game) they won, so we know we have to get those three points. Things are not going well for us now, but we will perform, and I am confident that we will win those two matches," he assured.

Sunday's other encounter will see Priory Academy, on four points, against Cavalier, on six, at Drax Hall.

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