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Tivoli Gardens hold Waterhouse goalless at Drewsland

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Points were at a premium as Waterhouse FC and Tivoli Gardens FC played out an absorbing, goalless draw in their second-round Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clash at Drewsland on Sunday.

With the result, Tivoli Gardens advanced to fourth place on 23 points along with UWI, who are third, while Waterhouse move up to seventh position on 16 points.

It was a game of two halves in which either team should have scored from inviting crosses, but the recipients were either wasteful or missed with headed attempts. With some 10 or so minutes remaining Kemar Beckford had the clearest of chances with a header after climbing above the Tivoli Gardens defence, but the diminutive striker contrived to only nod the attempt just wide of the upright.

Meanwhile, in the dying moments of the game, Barrington Pryce, who came on as a second-half substitute, missed an effort to head a Junior McGregor cross in at the near post. The visitors' late aggression began a little earlier with a McGregor pile-driving cannon from just outside the area on which the Waterhouse goalkeeper Diego Haughton got a hand to parry the ball over the crossbar for a corner.

With Waterhouse climbing steadily up the RSPL standing and entering the home game with two wins under their girth, Tivoli Gardens approached the game with an armoured glove and dominated the first half from the opening whistle. But much as they tried by moving faster to the ball than did the home team, Tivoli Gardens were unable to drive home their possessional advantage and Waterhouse survived the onslaught to go to the break with the scores level.

On the resumption Waterhouse, now kicking towards the mountain, began to dominate, with the visitors struggling to keep pace. but their defenders were keen and repelled the showering of shots on their goal from their hosts. Despite their best efforts, neither team managed to break the deadlock after full time arrived and the game ended all squared for a share of the points.

Despite both coaches harbouring the idea that their individual teams should have scored, both applauded their teams for a good game and expressed satisfaction that the game ended as only it should have in a draw.

“In spite of our best efforts if we should analyse the game in a balanced way I think the 0-0 draw is a fair result,” Waterhouse coach Donovan Duckie said in his post match comments.

His Tivoli Gardens counterpart Omar Edwards shared a similar thought. “I believed it was a good game overall where both teams put down the football and played a good tactical ball game to arrive at an even scoreline in the end.”

Teams: Waterhouse FC — Diego Haughton, Jeffrey Henry, Dasha Satchwell, Keno Simpson, Shawn Lawes, Ricardo Thomas, Carlos Wright, Mark Miller (Cristhian Herira 80th), Tremaine Stewart (De Andre Brown 53rd), Andre Leslie (Andre McFarlane 51st), Kemar Beckford

Subs not used: Akeem Chambers, Neicho Williams, Samar Rowe, Shamari Dyer

Booked: Henry (16th)

Tivoli Gardens FC — Nicholas Clarke, Shavar Campbell, Barrington Pryce, Romaine Breakenridge, Nicholas Smith, Tevin Shaw, Sean Coleman, Tykvin Garnett, Howard Morris (Junior McGregor 65th) Ajuma Johnson (Authur Walters 72nd), Colorado Murray (Elton Thompson 58th)

Subs not used: Davin Watkins, Rushane Facey, Donovan Dawkins, Romaine Linton

Booked: Breakenridge (30th), Pryce (70th)

Referee: Kevin Morrison

Assistant referees: Richard Washington, Melvin Reid

Fourth official: Leon Brown

Match commissioner: Garfield McDonald

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