Murray's brace helps TG tag Waterhouse 2-1

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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Tivoli Gardens FC demonstrated in no uncertain manner the value of scoring goals, following their hard-fought, come-from-behind win 2-1 win over Waterhouse FC on Sunday.

Kenroy Lumthen gave Waterhouse the lead in only the second minute of play before substitute Colorado Murray found a brace in minutes 83 and 90th+4 to turn the game on its head.

They have now joined Harbour View FC and Reno FC in the top half of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on 12 points, to be fifth on the points standing.

Harbour View, with the best goal difference of the three teams, are fourth on the standing. Tivoli Gardens moved up one place from sixth to fifth, while Reno FC moved down to sixth on goal difference. At the other end of the spectrum Waterhouse FC, who started the game in ninth place on standing, slipped one place down to 10th position on seven points.

Points were at a premium for both teams but more so Waterhouse, who at long last opened their 2017-2018 winning account in midweek to climb off the bottom of the RSPL standing.

And playing at home in a game that provided stirring action from the opening whistle from Referee Danean Parchment, Waterhouse raised hope to continue a winning trend with an own goal scored by Lumthen, who hit the ball into his own net from a goalmouthmelee.

Taking advantage of kicking down the slope, Waterhouse FC forced Tivoli Gardens to defend with a purpose but it was Waterhouse who held all the aces, and when the half ended they had no less than three openings to increase the lead but failed in their attempts.

For the second half the game was turned on its head. The visitors, now with the slope in their favour, turned up the throttle and for long periods Waterhouse were penned in their own half like Tivoli before them. However, when they escaped the dragnet and came forward once again their goalscoring skills let them down.

With both teams desperate not to lose the game Waterhouse shored up their defence, while Tivoli Gardens FC sharpened their attacking will. Waterhouse seemed content with holding on to their lead, however, Head Coach Omar Edwards summoned Murray to the fray in minute 51 to replace Lumthen.

This added pep in Tivoli Gardens's step and even though Waterhouse refused to give up hope for a victory, they lacked the goalscoring machinery to deliver the coup de grace on a consistent basis. Murray pulled his team level with seven minutes left in the contest, but just when the crowd appeared content with a draw and began to move away, Tivoli Gardens struck decisively as Murray beat the clock by scoring to give Tivoli Gardens an unlikely but well-earned victory.

— Hurbun Williams


Waterhouse FC — Akeem Chambers, Shamari Dyer, Shawn Lawes, Mark Miller, Ricardo Thomas, Keno Simpson (Carlos Wright 71st), Tremaine Stewart, Rodari Edwards, Andre McFarlane (Kemar Beckford 37th) Shamari Rowe, Denardo Thomas (Dasha Satchwell 47th)

Subs not used: Andre Leslie, Andre Dawson, Dwayne Silvera, Diego Haughton

Booked: Ricardo Thomas (13th)

Tivoli Gardens — Davin Watkins, Shavar Campbell, Barrington Pryce, Romaine Breakenridge, Kenroy Lumthen (Colorado Murray 51st), Tevin Shaw, Sean Coleman (Ajuma Johnson 57th), Tykvin Garnett, Arthur Walters (Junior McGregor 71st), Howard Morris, Marvin Stewart

Subs not used: Nicholas Clarke, Rushane Facey, Andrew White, Romaine Linton

Booked: Morris (6th), Breakenridge (78th)

Referee: Danean Parchment

Assistant referees: Richard Washington, Nicholas Hamilton

Fourth official: Leon Brown

Match commissioner: Uken Campbell




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