May 4, 2009
Big win for Tivoli - But leaders DPL leaders Portmore hold their ground
Ainsley Walters, STAR Writer
COACH Donovan Hayles, under who Harbour View infamously blew a 13-point lead and lost the Premier League to Waterhouse two seasons ago, watched poker-faced yesterday evening as Tivoli Gardens beat his team 2-0 to steal second spot behind eight-point leaders Portmore United.
Harbour View, once joint third-round leaders with Portmore, a match before Hayles took over from Brazilian Waldemir De Oliveira, were as many as 12 points ahead of then fourth-place Tivoli.
Yesterday's loss marked the sixth straight game for Harbour View without a win, five under Hayles' watch whereas Tivoli marked their fourth straight victory in the league.
Tivoli's win, inspired by hot striker Navion Boyd, took them a point ahead of Harbour View to 62 whereas Portmore raced to 70 with a 2-0 victory at home against sixth-place Waterhouse in the first set of fourth-round games.
Morrissey netted in the 42nd minute and substitute Cornelius Henry added a second in time-added for the defending champions.
Boys' Town, who were walloped 4-0 by Tivoli on Wednesday, were beaten 3-2 by Arnett Gardens at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex, effectively killing their outside chance of a title bid.
Newton Sterling blasted in a long-range free kick in the 15th minute to cancel a Gerald Neil 12th-minute own goal and headed in an 18th minute lead before Kwame Richardson sent them 3-1 up in the 38th minute.
Michael Campbell scored fourth-place Boys' Town's second goal in the 43rd minute but Arnett kept a clean slate in the second half to claim victory, which moved them to 50 points in fifth place, four behind their rivals.
The battle for relegation took an interesting twist as the bottom-place teams recorded contrasting victories.
Last-place Reno swamped St Georges 6-1 at Frome to move to 29 points whereas next-to-last Village edged Meadhaven 1-0 at Constant Spring to move to 30, both teams gaining on sides above.
Meadhaven remained on 33 whereas Sporting Central, who drew 0-0 with Rivoli at Brancourt, edged up to 35 points but are still not safe from relegation with four games to go.