Tivoli look to deepen Boys’ Town’s woes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

TIVOLI GAR­DENS will look to add to Boys’ Town’s mis­ery when the teams meet in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) to­day at the Bar­bican Com­plex play­ing field. Match time is 3 p.m.

The en­counter was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 23 but was post­poned due to a wa­ter­logged Bar­bican sur­face.

Now the two neigh­bour­ing clubs will derby game.

Tivoli are on 14 points from nine games, in sixth po­si­tion, while Boys’ Town are in last place on four points from nine games.

De­spite the dis­par­ity in terms of points, the game could bring out the best in both teams, as they know each other well.

There are play­ers that have rep­re­sented both clubs as well, while Tivoli’s new coach, Omar Ed­wards, spent a decade as a coach at Boys’ Town.

Ed­wards says he is ex­pect­ing a tough en­counter this af­ter­noon, but notes that his team will be hunt­ing full points.

DERBY GAME

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“It will be a tough game, a very phys­i­cal one. And it must be noted that it is a derby game,” Ed­wards told The Gleaner yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“We are aware that Boys’ Town are not do­ing well at this time, and we are in mid-pack, so we will go to Bar­bican in­tent on com­ing away with a win, which would im­prove our po­si­tion in the league,” said Ed­wards, who is also the na­tional Un­der-17 as­sis­tant coach.

Tivoli will be miss­ing their cap­tain, Ro­maine Break­en­ridge, and striker Mitchily Waul due to red cards picked up in the en­counter against Ar­nett Gar­dens last Sunday.

“We will miss two of our starters due to red cards, but we have play­ers who are ready for the op­por­tu­nity,” he con­cluded.

Tivoli will rely on vet­er­ans Ed­sel ‘Rob­bie’ Scott and Jer­maine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, as well as for­mer Boys’ Town mid­fielder Tevin Shaw and Bar­ring­ton Pryce to lead their charge for vic­tory.

Boys’ Town are hav­ing a mis­er­able start, with only one win, one draw and seven losses in nine games. How­ever, their long-serv­ing coach An­drew Price is hop­ing that the derby will be added mo­ti­va­tion for his team.

“I hope that the west Kingston derby will be a big mo­ti­va­tion for us. I be­lieve that a game of this mag­ni­tude will bring the best out of the play­ers. We are hope­ful that things will change as the play­ers are down be­cause of things out­side of the foot­ball sphere,” Price rea­soned.

Boys’ Town will hope that their top striker, Shamar Ni­chol­son, Xa­vian Virgo, vet­eran goal­keeper Kirk Porter and Garfield Gille­spie re­port in the right frame of mind.

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