Tivoli edge W’house in seven-goal thriller
Fans at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex had barely settled into their seats when Tivoli took the lead against Waterhouse in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter yesterday with just a minute played.
From there, they were treated to a goal-scoring feast as the home side was on the winning end of a seven-goal thriller, outlasting the league leaders 4-3 and claiming their biggest win of the season so far.
Stephen Barnett led the way for Tivoli with two goals with Horatio Morgan and second-half substitute Trayvon Reid also getting on the score sheet in a match that at one point saw Waterhouse down 3-0 with only 11 minutes played.
Tivoli head coach Phillip Williams said that the result was a statement of intent of the clubs play-off ambitions at this latter stage of the season. "Putting one over on a team like Waterhouse, who was on form, is definitely sending a message. Tivoli have been playing some good football and today we showed that we can score goals," he told STAR Sports. "We didn't expect to have so many goals in there but we glad that we came out on top in terms of where the goals are concerned."
Barnett slammed home an individual effort from inside the penalty area in the first minute. The west Kingston-based team doubled their lead three minutes later when Morgan tapped home from close range after Jamie Robinson supplied a low cross into the box. Barnett got his second in the 11th minute, tapping home another ball from close range which left the Marcel Gayle coached Waterhouse searching for answers with their worst ever start to a league game this season. They had to dig deep to show signs of life and finally got on the scoresheet in the 40th minute from the penalty spot through Keithy Simpson.
Tivoli thought they secured the points two minutes into the second half when Reid slotted home for their fourth goal of the afternoon but had to endure a fight back from Waterhouse when substitute Denardo Thomas scored a minute after coming on in the 56th and Tramaine Stewart rocketed a shot past Tivoli goalkeeper Davian Watkins to cut the lead to one.
Gayle said that the defeat will be a lesson going forward for his team to avoid complacency.
"If you don't start the game well you can end up what happen to us yesterday. But lesson learnt. We just have to move on to the next match and come again," he said. Tivoli remain in seventh place but move to 37 points.
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