Tivoli Gardens charged into the Jamaica Premier League playoffs on the back of a brilliant hattrick by Horatio Morgan in the 4-3 win over Humble Lion in their match at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence.
The 22-year-old Morgan was scoring for the first time this season and it was a classic hattrick as he opened the scoring with an overhead kick in the 5th minute followed by a thumping header in the 30th minute then he curled a beautiful right-footer for his third in the 40th minute.
Lorenzo Lewin pulled one back on the stroke of halftime in the 45+4 minute firing home from a corner kick then teed up Andre Clennon for an easy tap home in minute 63.
But Devroy Grey restored Tivoli Gardens’ two-goal cushion, benefitting from a poor pass by Humble Lion’s goalkeeper Keneil Petrie and placed his shot wide of him in the 85th minute. It was Grey’s fourth goal of the season and he remained his club’s top scorer.
But, in time added on, Lewin popped up and slotted home for Humble Lion in then90+3 for his second goal of the match and ensured a nervous finish for Tivoli Gardens.
It was Tivoli Gardens’ fourth win from nine games and they jumped from seventh to the second spot with 16 points. In fact, they are level on points with leaders Waterhouse FC but second only by goal difference.
The hapless and aging Humble Lion remained firmly at the bottom of the 11-team league on six points following their eighth defeat from 10 games.
Tivoli Gardens will play Molynes United in their final preliminary round match next week and are fancied to secure that win and book a top-two spot and into the semi-finals.
Man-of-the-match: Horatio Morgan (Tivoli Gardens)
Tivoli Gardens: 33-Davin Watkins, 05-Barrington Pryce, 06-Horatio Morgan (09-Rodico Wellington 86th) 32-Odean Pennycooke, 14-Kemar Flemmings, 08-Shavar Campbell, 18-Devroy Grey (11-Trayvon Reid 90th), 19-Rushane Thompson (21-Justin Dunn 80th), 20-Anthony Nelson (15-Dasha Satchwell, 90th), 38-Romaine Bowers (10-Jermaine Johnson 90th), 27-Tkiven Garnett.
Subs not used: 01-Nicholas Clarke, 03-Daveon Garrison, 28-Asprellia Alexander, 29-Earon Elliott, 23-Trevaune McKain.
Coach: Philip Williams
Booked: Tkiven Garnett 26th, Barrington Pryce 42nd
Humble Lion: 60-Keneil Petrie, 18-Shemar Rhoden, 19-Gregory Lewis, 23-Suege Graham (03-Romeo Parkins, 83rd), 13-Mark Rodney, 11-JeVaughn Watson, 12-Andrew Vanzie, 30-Shamarie Dallas (27-Gregory Morgan 83rd), 15-Lorenzo Lewin, 34-Afiba Chambers (06-Fabian Pascoe 90+2), 14-Andre Clennon.
Subs not used: 55-Mikhail Harrison, 10-Levaughn Williams.
Coach: Andrew Price
Booked: Gregory Lewis 32nd, Afiba Chambers 85th.
Referee: Steffon Dewar
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington
Assistant Referee 2: Melvin Reid
Fourth Official: Neressa Goldson
Match Commissioner: Garfield McDonald
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