Port­more take RSPL lead

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

JUST OVER a week af­ter re­claim­ing the top spot in the Red Stripe Premier League, Hum­ble Lion sur­ren­dered their place at the sum­mit to Port­more United, who clipped for­mer lead­ers Univer­sity of West Indies (UWI) 1-0 at UWI Bowl.

Hum­ble Lion fell 1-0 to Tivoli Gar­dens at the Ed­ward Seaga Com­plex in their fi­nal match of the first round.

El­ton Thomp­son net­ted his fourth goal in five games for the west Kingston team, which ended the round in sixth placed on 17 points.

Port­more sit atop the stand­ings with 21 points, fol­lowed by Hum­ble Lion and UWI with 20. Mobay and Ar­nett are next with 19 and 18 points, re­spec­tively.

At the Ed­ward Seaga Com­plex, Thomp­son’s well-placed shot af­ter 34 min­utes from the edge of the area gave the host a much de­served first half lead af­ter they had the bet­ter of their op­po­nents.

Thomp­son, who missed the first seven games of the round through in­jury, was happy to con­tinue his good scor­ing form and help his team se­cure three more valu­able points and noted that he never has any doubts when play­ing against Hum­ble Lion as he has al­ways done well against them.

AL­WAYS CON­FI­DENT

“I had the con­fi­dence be­cause any­time I play against Hum­ble Lion, I never lose. I made my de­but against them and I scored on my de­but against them, so when I play Hum­ble Lion, I am al­ways fully con­fi­dent that I can do it,” he said.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the se­cond round. I in­tend to start off hard. I want more goals to lift Tivoli, that’s the aim. In the first round, we had some ups and downs, but we catch our groove and we have bounced back, and now we are head­ing for­ward straight to the top, and I Tivoli Gar­dens’ Jer­maine John­son (right) and Ri­cardo Camp­bell of Hum­ble Lion go against each other in the Red Stripe Premier League match-up be­tween both teams held at the Ed­ward Seaga Sports Com­plex in Kingston yes­ter­day. Tivoli Gar­dens won 1-0.

am aim­ing high this sea­son. I am look­ing for­ward to the 20 goal mark,” he said.

Tivoli con­trolled the first-half but the visi­tors were solid in de­fence and dealt with the hosts’ for­ays for­ward. But just past the half-hour mark, Thomp­son turned his marker on top of the box and beat Sanchez Lloyd with a weak but well-placed shot in­side the post. The visi­tors spent most of the pe­riod in de­fence and were hardly threat­en­ing go­ing for­ward.

Af­ter the break, both teams cre­ated good chances to score. Hugh Howell had the best chance two min­utes af­ter the break, but headed wide. Thomp­son could have also had a hat­trick, but wasted two great chances af­ter be­ing set up by for­mer na­tional player Jer­maine ‘Teddy’ John­son.

Hum­ble Lion coach Dono­van Duckie was fum­ing af­ter the game, blast­ing his play­ers for not be­ing men­tally tough enough.

“We are hav­ing some psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems. This would be the third time that we are lead­ing the League since I have been here and we just can’t han­dle it. I think we have a lot of men­tal work to do,” he told The Gleaner.

Tivoli man­ager, Brian Rose, said the team wanted to re­bound from Boys’ Town’s de­feat and the team dug deep for the win.

“Af­ter we lost to Boys’ Town, we said we were not go­ing to take it like that, we dug deep and it paid off. We scored in the 34th minute and we held out and got the one-nil vic­tory, which I think we de­served more than Hum­ble Lion,” he com­mented.

Mean­while, all six games in the round ended 1-0. In other matches, Mobay handed Ja­malco their fifth straight loss, Ar­nett Gar­dens edged Boys’ Town in the Trench Town derby and Har­bour View got the bet­ter of Maver­ley/Hugh­en­den, while Reno turned back Water­house at Frome.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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