Harriott breaks TG hearts with late strike
WITH the basically last kick of the game, Portmore United's Rosario Harriott stole all three points from Tivoli Gardens, slotting home in the 90+6th minute to break the hearts of home fans in the late Monday Night game at Edward Seaga Stadium.
Tivoli Gardens, hanging on with 10-men from the 66th minute after Barrington Pryce picked up his second yellow card, failed to hold on and allowed a goal from a corner kick in the dying seconds.
Portmore themselves ended with 10 men after Trevol Smith saw red in the 90+2nd minute, but jumped two places to sixth on 10 points ahead of Tivoli on goal difference.
Following a relatively poor start to the season, defending champions Portmore surged into the top six for the first time and head coach Andre Waugh is eyeing the first End-of-Round Final as they are six points off the lead with a game in hand against Arnett Gardens tomorrow, while Portmore United will host Arnett Gardens.
"Its definitely a good feeling because a club with the reputation of Portmore United...our goal all the time is to be on top and we have been at the bottom for so long, so we are only looking forward to occupying the position we rightfully deserve," said Waugh, also the Reggae Boyz fitness trainer.
Portmore, who were winning just their third game in seven starts, and their second on the road, came out firing and should have won the game from the first half. But poor finishing kept the game close and even allowed Tivoli a few chances at the end.
"I think the game was a well-deserved victory. We had a number of games like that where we played well without a result and we finally got a result, which is good.
"This is definitely a morale-booster for the players themselves and we will have to continue building on that," Waugh pointed out.
"At half-time I spoke to the players and I said to them, 'we cannot afford to do everything right except scoring because that is how we win games'. At some point in time we were thinking that's its déjà vu all over. I was very much relieved when we scored that goal," he added.
Meanwhile, Tivoli, who were suffering their third defeat of the season and their second at home, never really got going and threw in a clinker in front of their home fans.
Assistant coach Alvin Shaw said his team played a lacklustre game and paid the price.
"Well, overall I think it was a poor game and the quality of football was not attractive... that goes for both teams. Tivoli played real flat; for some reason we didn't play as expected and we spoke about where we going wrong... but there was not much change," explained Shaw.
"The team just didn't get going... the result could have gone any way, but unfortunately, in extra time due to poor marking in the box and the last kick of the game, the ball end up in the back of the net," he added.