Tivoli defeat Portmore 1-0 to take RSPL lead
Tivoli Gardens jumped to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday when they stopped defending champions Portmore United 1-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
A goal by Andre Dawson in the 47th minute handed Tivoli their fifth win of the season and pushed them to 16 points or two more than Portmore who they leapfrogged to go atop of the points standing.
Portmore, which remained on 14 points, dropped to second in the standings.
Mount Pleasant Football Academy played to a 1-1 draw with Cavalier at Stadium East, a result which means both teams keep their respective third and fourth-placed positions in the standing.
Nicholas Nelson gave Cavalier a 57th-minute lead that was cancelled by Kemar Beckford in the 83rd minute as both teams ended the match with 10 players, with Jermy Nelson of Cavalier being red carded in the 90th minute, while Kevin Graham of Mount Pleasant was sent off two minutes later.
Meanwhile, rain stopped the match between host UWI and Waterhouse at Mona Bowl after four minutes, but Humble Lion dragged themselves from the two-team relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre. The win, through goals from Romeo Wright in the 14th minute and Levaughn Williams in the 75th, enabled Humble Lion to move two places up the standing to ninth with nine points and kept Harbour View rooted at the bottom on five.
In the day’s other completed match, Reno defeated newcomers Dunbeholden 2-1 at Frome Sports Complex, through goals from Kemoy Carruthers in the fourth minute and Renerio Downswell in the 68th.
Reno jumped three places in the standing as they now occupy seventh spot with 10 points, while Dunbeholden dropped two places to 11th on seven points.
In the day’s top match at Prison Oval, Portmore looked unusually uncoordinated for most of the game and yielded territorial advantage to Tivoli, who ran at them with purpose.
Tivoli vs Portmore RSPL Nov 18
Ironically, it was Portmore, kicking towards the prison, in the first half, that got the best opportunity to score when they were awarded a free kick directly in front of goal.
Damano Solomon struck the ball low into the Tivoli wall, which he recovered to pass left of the penalty area to Javon East, who crossed inside for Rondee Smith to fire at goalkeeper Davion Watkins. The custodian blocked the ball with a diving save but recovered to once again deny East coming in from the left, with another block.
Tivoli also got an opportunity to enter the break in the lead, but captain Barrington Pryce completely missed a header inside the six-yard box, after losing his marker while going for a free kick that was floated inside the area by Marvin Stewart from the left.
Portmore should have taken the lead early in the second half, but East skewed his shot across goal from the edge of the six-yard box on the right.
Tivoli would eventually take the lead when Junior McGreggor on the left of the penalty area, crossed inside to Andre Moulton, who touched the ball for the onrushing Dawson to finish from inside the six-yard box.
Tivoli should have increased their lead close the end of regulation time, but Moulton, from close range, missed the goal while being unmarked.
Reno 2 vs Dunbeholden 1
Humble Lion 2 vs Harbour View 0
Portmore United 0 vs Tivoli Gardens 1
Cavalier 1 vs Mount Pleasant 1