Tivoli aim to beat UWI for first time
Coach of Tivoli Gardens, Omar 'Tiger' Edwards is eager to get the 'monkey off his back' by beating rivals the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC for the first time in the Red Stripe Premier League.
Tivoli will host UWI at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in West Kingston 3 p.m tomorrow.
Since, the UWI team gained promotion from the KSAFA Super League two years ago, they are yet to lose to Tivoli in seven meetings.
In the 2015-16 RSPL season, UWI won twice and drew the other encounter. Then, last season, UWI won all three games. And, in the first game this season, the result 0-0 on November 22 at the Edward Seaga Complex.
Interestingly, in the seven times the teams met, so far, five of the games were played at Tivoli.
Now, Tivoli is looking for a first win against the tertiary side.
"I strongly believe that we need to drive home our advantage playing on home turf. We are playing against a clearly good UWI team.When we play at home, it is for maximum points. Come Sunday, our aim will be no different," Edwards told STAR Sports yesterday.
"It is very important that we maximise home advantage. We played against UWI in the first round at home, and the game finished 0-0. It is very important to bring our 'A' game to the table," he shared.
"We have looked at their strengths and weaknesses and I believe that the time is right to press home our advantage. Time is the thing and nothing happens before the time," Edwards added.
"We have a fairly good team here and doing everything to improve the team in the points standings," he added.
Tivoli will look to Colorado Murray who is the team's leading scorer on five goals, Andre Moulton who has netted three times, Junior McGregor and Elton Thompson who netted in his first match of the season in mid-week. The attackers should get support from defenders Barrington Pryce and Romaine Brakenridge, as well as midfielder Tevin Shaw.
READY FOR BATTLE
The UWI team will certainly enter the venue high on confidence and ready for the battle against Tivoli. The Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle-coached UWI trail Tivoli by just two points, and a win would push them ahead of their opponents.
UWI will rely on the league's joint leading scorer Ryan Miller who is on nine goals, the same as Fabian Reid of Arnett Gardens. Miller is expected to get good support from captain Rochane Smith, midfielder Fabian McCarthy, striker Girvon Brown and goalkeeper Amal Knight.
- 3 p.m. - Boys' Town vs Portmore United at Barbican Complex
- 3 p.m. - Tivoli Gardens vs UWI at Edward Seaga Sports Complex
- 3 p.m. - Cavalier vs Humble Lion at Stadium East
- 3 p.m. - Sandals South Coast vs Arnett Gardens at Frome Complex
- 7 p.m. - Montego Bay United vs Harbour View at Montego Bay Sports Complex
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Arnett 15 9 6 0 31 13 18 33
Portmore 15 9 4 2 28: 8 20 31
Tivoli 15 7 5 3 16 8 8 26
UWI 15 6 6 3 18 13 5 24
Reno 15 5 7 3 14 14 0 22
Cavalier 15 5 6 4 16 13 3 21
H View 15 4 5 6 9 9 0 17
W.house 15 3 7 5 12 19 -7 16
M B U 15 4 4 7 11 20 -9 16
H Lion 15 3 6 6 13 18 -5 15
Sandals 15 2 4 9 9 26 -17 10
Boys' Town 15 1 4 10 11 27 -16 7