Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | December 6, 2010
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Tivoli Gardens return to winning ways
Tivoli Gardens' Devon Hodges (centre) comes under a strong challenge from Humble Lion's Owen Gordon (left) while Narado Brown looks on during their Digicel Premier League match yesterday at the Edward Seaga Complex. Tivoli won 1-0. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer

Tivoli Gardens maintained their lead atop the standings after getting the better of Humble Lion 1-0 in their Digicel Premier League encounter yesterday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

The result saw Tivoli break their two game winless streak while the Clarendon-based team was left rooted in the relegation zone.

Incidentally, it was not an ideal return for Humble Lion's coach, Lenworth Hyde who at one point sat on the hosts bench, as he was ejected in the 88th minute.

"I am disappointed that we lost and the way in which we lost," Hyde said. "We gave up a goal again from a corner, for the past couple of games corners have been scoring on us," he added.

Speculative shot

The goal was scored in the 21st minute as Tivoli's captain Kasai Hinds weaved his way through two defenders on the right flank before getting off a speculative shot, which was tipped over by the back pedalling Shawn Sawyers in goal.

Tivoli were however, not to be denied, as the resulting corner taken by Steve Green was headed in by Christopher Jackson.

Tivoli came close to extending their lead in the 50th minute when Roland Dean showed great strength down the right flank to shake off his marker before hammering a shot from an acute angle. He was however, disappointed to see his shot which slammed against the upright.

That was Dean's last meaningful contribution as he was given his marching orders in the 60th minute for serious foul play.

Tivoli immediately adopted a more defensive approach as they sought to maintain their pressing game.

Strengthened midfield

"We went defensively, we made a couple changes and strengthened the midfield and just played with one upfront," Tivoli's assistant coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey disclosed. "We decided not to give them the time to play the football and I think that is what made the difference."

Humble Lion were still able to carve out a glorious opportunity in the 63rd minute when Kevin Mighty flicked on a through ball by Omar Parker to Cornelius Henry. Henry went for power instead of placement from six yards out, which allowed Tivoli's custodian Edsel Scott to effect a kick save.

Humble Lion were reduced to ten players in the 90th minute when Roberto Fletcher lost his cool and received his second yellow card for dissent.

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