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Tivoli rebound with 3-1 win over Cavalier

Jamaica Observer / Two superb free kick goals from Junior McGregor spurred Tivoli Gardens to a 3-1 win over Cavalier SC in their Red Stripe Premier League third-round fixture at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. McGregor hit the target in a three-minute spell, beating the Cavalier goalkeeper Peter Harrison in the 18th and 21st minutes. The hosts took a 3-0 lead heading to the lockers with Andre Moulton adding another in the 44th.

Substitute Kaheem Parris pulled a goal back for Cavalier in the 69th minute.

The victory breaks a three-match losing skid for Tivoli, who moved to 40 points, but remain fourth in the standings as they fight to hang on to one of the play-off berths.

Despite the defeat, Cavalier hold firm in third spot with 42 points.

For the football purists the match lacked aesthetics, as there were hardly any moments to write home about, except the goals, three of which were scored from dead ball situations.

The first came when McGregor, in a training pitch manoeuvre, used precision and a shade of guile to curl his low 22-yard free kick around the wall and into the goal.

For his second of the afternoon, McGregor seemed to have copied to perfection his first effort, scoring from a similar position with the very right-footed curler, only this time from three yards farther back.

And in the other dead ball masterpiece, the left-footed maestro Parris deceived Tivoli goalkeeper Nicholas Clarke from 20 yards.

But before that, Tivoli got their third goal when Moulton created mere inches of room for himself to swivel to steer a ground-hugging shot past Harrison.

Throughout the contest, it was Tivoli who had the bulk of scoring chances, but in a couple of those, substitute Rodico Wellington had the most glaring misses.

In other results, relegation-bound Boys’ Town clipped champions Arnett Gardens 2-1, Montego Bay United defeated struggling Sandals South Coast 4-2, while Reno turned back UWI FC 2-0.

— Sean Williams

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