Jerome Waite-coached Tivoli Gardens, after going goalless in their last two outings, fired home three goals in their Jamaica Premier League (JPL) cracker at Stadium East last night to walk away with a 3-2 victory over newcomers Treasure Beach.
Tivoli started off looking dangerous, and after a Howard Morris’ free kick in the seventh minute was carefully watched by Treasure Beach’s custodian Mowey Morgan, Justin Dunn, moments later, came close as his right-footed strike went inches wide of the target.
Those chances served as a wake-up call for Treasure Beach, who had their first meaningful effort through Tavar Thompson, but he had to watch his left-footed curler barely miss the goal.
The deadlock was broken in the 31st minute as Dunn registered his seventh goal of the season as his deflected shot scrambled inside the net.
In the second half, both teams went for the three points.
Tivoli went up 2-0 in the 52nd minute through a well-placed right-footed strike from Jay-Neil Wray, and Treasure Beach missed an opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 74th minute with Damion Herrera finding space inside the box but failing to generate enough power to beat goalkeeper Nicholas Clarke.
However, Tavar Thompson quickly made amends using trickery and composure to convert in the 80th minute, and on the stroke of full time, Romario Smith pulled Treasure Beach level with a free kick that sent their supporters into wild celebrations.
Tivoli had other plans, though.
With the last attack and kick of the game, Tivoli’s Alton Lewis came up trumps as he powered home from close range, sending a dagger in the heart of the Treasure Beach players.
Jerome Waite, head coach of Tivoli, was perturbed with their method to get the job done.
“This game should have been dusted from the first half with the number of chances we created. It shouldn’t have ended up that way. Nevertheless, we had to dig deep, and ended up being the winners,” Waite stated.
Omar Wedderburn, head coach of Treasure Beach, stated that his players showed guts despite the defeat and opined that teams would have to earn points against them.
“I can’t explain because we came so close to getting a point. However, I’m proud of the performance from my players as it showed that we aren’t here to give away any three points, and teams will have to work for it,” Wedderburn said.
In the earlier match at the same venue, Arnett Gardens defeated Vere 2-0.
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