Tivoli Gardens missed a glorious chance to book an automatic semi-final playoff spot when they were held to 1-1 by Molynes United in their Jamaica Premier League match at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence.
Tyrique Wilson had given Molynes United a 79th-minute lead, tapping home from close range after a good team build-up and a cool finish from a Tyrique Sutherland pass.
But just three minutes later, Stephen Barnett earned a share of the points for Tivoli Gardens heading home at the near post from a pinpoint Daveon Garrison cross in the 82nd minute.
Tivoli Gardens which started the day in spot on 16 points could have gone joint top of the league with a win but instead, they are provisionally holding onto the third spot but can be overtaken by the winner of the Cavalier/Vere United clash.
Tivoli Gardens’ assistant coach Dwayne Blake said they were very disappointed not to have grabbed the opportunity in securing a top-two spot and avoiding the quarterfinal playoffs.
“We are very, very disappointed,” said Blake. “Any team comes, we just have to take it and do what we have to do if we want to win the title,” he added.
Molynes United with just one win all season stayed second from bottom in 10th spot on seven points and Andre Daley, assistant coach of Molynes United, was happier for the point and believed they are building something better for next season.
“We put the ball down more and made some passes. We have some changes for next season but I am pleased with the performance today. The youngsters came out and they played pretty well,” said Daley.
Man-of-the-match: Odean Pennycooke (Tivoli Gardens)
Tivoli Gardens: 01-Nicholas Clarke, 15-Ranike Anderson, 32-Odean Pennycooke, 08-Shavar Campbell, 18-Devroy Grey, 23-Trevaune McKain, 06-Horatio Morgan (09-Rodico Wellington 65th), 19-Rushane Thompson (03-Daveon Garrison 67th), 20-Anthony Nelson (17-Stephen Barnett
53rd), 38-Romaine Bowers (10-Jermaine Johnson 65th), 27-Tkiven Garnett (04-Dasha Satchwell 90th).
Subs not used: 33-Davin Watkins, 28-Asprellia Alexander, 21-Justin Dunn, 29-Earon Elliott.
Coach: Philip Williams
Booked: Ranike Anderson 53rd
Molynes United: 40-Leon Taylor, 04-Ackeem Stewart, (17-Damion Thomas, 18-Oneil Small (50-Rashwan Livingston 77th), 25-Orane Ferguson (22-Jevaughn Brown 76th), 06-Tyrique Sutherland, 15-Tyrese Wynter, 08-Tyrique Wilson, 36-Ricardo Phipps, 10-Nicholas Nelson, 16-Marvin Emmanuel.
Subs not used: 01-Roje Williams, 45-Malicka Cocking, 07-Jermy Nelson, 12-Akeem Brown, 27-Dillon McEnnis.
Coach: Anthony Patrick
Referee: Veralton Nembhard
Assistant Referee 1: Ojay Duhaney
Assistant Referee 2: Ricton Archer
Fourth Official: Alexi Perry
Match Commissioner: Delroy Josephs
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