Double Champs - Tivoli add Flow Cup to league title
TIVOLI Gardens captured their second trophy in seven days with a 3-0 victory of St George's SC in the final of the all-island Flow Champions Cup knockout at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday.
Tivoli Gardens, who won the Premier League and $2.5 milion last week Sunday, added the Flow Champions Cup and the $1-million first prize.
A beautiful free kick from national player Keammar Daley in the 43rd minute sent Tivoli Gardens on their way and further goals from Jameel Thompson and Navion Boyd in the 90th and 94th, secured their third hold on the knockout trophy.
St George's, who were relegated from the Premier League last week, turned up without head coach Geoffrey Maxwell, who it is said had resigned.
Nevertheless, the Portland-based club collected $500,000 for their losing effort, while semi-final losers Boys' Town and Sandals Whitehouse from Westmoreland got $250,000 each.
Winning coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey was elated after watching his team secure the double.
"You must be happy with a double. All teams strive to win doubles and as a champion team, you want to win every game and this is a cup final and I am pleased with that," he said.
In front of a decent-sized crowd, the game never lived up to expectations and only Daley's beautiful 25-yard free kick that left goalkeeper Randal Huie bewildered, provided the spark in an otherwise dull encounter.
"I wasn't pleased with the first half... I think we played flat but in the changing room I gave them a bawl out," said Bailey.
With time running out and St George's pressing for the equaliser, Tivoli capitalised on the gaps at the back and sealed the win in emphatic fashion.
Thompson, who replaced the towering and ineffective striker Owen Powell in the 64th minute, rammed home from just outside the box in the 90th minute before Boyd latched onto Shawn McKoy's through ball, rounded goalkeeper Huie and slotted home from a tight angle.
With Maxwell absent, Raymond Gordon of St George's, said his team was aiming for victory as they tried to salvage something from a miserable season.
"We were hoping to win and I was pleased with how the team was playing up to the 85th minute of the game... but the scoreline is not a true reflection of the game," noted Gordon.
Tivoli Gardens' Daley was voted Man-of-the-Match and walked away with a computer courtesy of Flow.