Tivoli repel late Portmore surge to hand defending champs rare loss

By Sports Desk March 10, 2019

Tivoli Gardens repelled a late surge to hand defending champions Portmore United their first loss in eight games, following a thrilling 3-2 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga stadium on Sunday.

In a game with strange twists and turns it was Portmore United who took the lead in the 11th minute through Rosario Harriott.  Colorado Murray, however, brought Tivoli back on level terms with a goal in the 21st minute.  An own goal from Omar Ricketts put the hosts even further ahead 8 minutes later and a Jermaine Johnson seemed to make the game safe in the 43rd minute.  A 69th-minute own goal, however, set up a nervous finish but Tivoli held on for all three points.

At the other end of the table, former champions Harbour View secured a big boost in their battle for survival, following a 1-0 win over Humble Lion at the Habour View Stadium.  After a scoreless first half, Tevin Scott got the crucial goal for Harbour View in the 68th minute.  Elsewhere Montego Bay United’s hope for survival took a hit after they an 81st-minute goal from Jamiel Hardware handed the home team a 2-1 loss.  It was Arnett Gardens took the lead through Zhelano Barnes in the 17th minute.  Dino Williams brought the team back on level terms in the 64th minute.

Dunbeholden also eased away from the drop zone in convincing fashion after a 3-0 thrashing of Reno, which will all but see the fate of the bottom-placed team. Dean-Andre Thomas put the hosts ahead in the 4th minute and scored again from the spot in the 51st minute.  Phillip Demareo added the insurance goal seven minutes later.  In the day’s other game Mount Pleasant and Cavalier played to a 0-0 draw.

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