Waterhouse end Tivoli Gardens play-off hopes with 4-2 away win

Waterhouse end Tivoli Gardens play-off hopes with 4-2 away win

By Dwayne Richards
Observer writer

Monday, March 18, 2019

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Waterhouse FC secured their first win in three games with a 4-2 result over Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League at Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.

A brace from Kenroy Howell, an own goal, and a late strike from Andre Fletcher ensured the visitors took all three points and denied the West Kingston-based team play-off football for a second season running.

Waterhouse got off to a fast start and there was a chance for Denardo Thomas with barely a minute on the clock after the ball deflected into his path, but the striker shot over the crossbar from 20 yards.

It didn't take much longer for the Tivoli Gardens defence to be breached, however, as a long-range effort from Damion Binns cannoned off the crossbar and into the path of Howell, who headed home from three yards in the fourth minute.

Three minutes later Waterhouse doubled their lead when Barrington Pryce turned the ball into his own net as he tried to cut out a right-sided cross from Andre Leslie.

Tivoli Gardens showed that they still had fight in them when their veteran, Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson, fired home past a flat-footed Diego Haughton, who was left exposed by his defenders.

Leslie almost restored the Waterhouse two-goal advantage shortly after but saw his well-struck shot saved by the feet of Nicholas Clarke.

Johnson was a constant menace to the Waterhouse defenders and brought out a diving, two-handed save from Haughton on the half-hour mark.

Five minutes before the half-time break Leslie again tried his luck, this time from the edge of the “D”, but his effort went high as his team took a 2-1 advantage into break.

It was the visitors who took the initiative at the start of the second half, and were two goals to the good when Howell took advantage of a miskick by Pryce in the box to fire home from close range for his second of the game and his team's third in the 57th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for the home team when Howard Morris was given his marching orders by for a second bookable offence only moments after they had conceded.

Tivoli Gardens refused to give up on the fading hopes of play-off football, and reduced the deficit to one goal for a second time in the match when leading striker Colorado Murray bundled the ball home in the 69th minute — to make it 3-2 to Waterhouse.

But any hope of a Tivoli Gardens comeback was extinguished in the 76th minute when Fletcher pounced to rifle home a loose ball after Clarke parried a shot into his path.

Tivoli will miss out on play-off football as they are six points behind near neighbours Arnett Gardens, with just one game left in the regular season.

Waterhouse lead the unrelenting Mount Pleasant FA by two points and will need to match the results of the new boys on the final match day of the season to guarantee they finish in second place, a position they now occupy.

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