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Morgan: the real man Sunday night

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Arnett Gardens' Marvin Morgan Jr. (on ground) makes a sliding challenge on Harbour View's Nicholas Beckett (front), during the opening round of the Red Stripe Premier League at Harbour View Stadium. Arnett Gardens won the game 1-0. Morgan continued his good form by scoring a goal in their 2-0 win over Tivoli Gardens on Sunday at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. Ian Allen/Photographer

Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

Marvin "Mr Man" Morgan was that and more for Arnett Gardens on Sunday night. He was the man.

The 22-year-old was the driving force behind Arnett Gardens' 2-0 win over fierce rivals Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League football game at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

He weaved his way through opponents to set up Jaron Richards for the opener and converted from the penalty spot to wrap up the victory.

As a result of the win, Arnett Gardens moved to the top of the table on seven points, two ahead of Reno and Cavalier. Waterhouse, who played Humble Lion last night, had the opportunity to cut their lead to one point.

"I have to feel pretty pleased. The coach asked me to go in the middle as one of the better ball handlers to take the game to them, and that is what I did. I dribbled through and set one goal and scored another," said the player, who came to prominence at the schoolboy level representing St George's College.

Just last season, Morgan was turning out for Waterhouse after making a move from his hometown club, Boys' Town, but he looked at home on Sunday night and for good reason.

"I came from this area and I grew up across the road. I also went to school across the road. I am home, my second home, and it has been a good homecoming. It has been nothing but good. The supporters have really been welcoming," said Morgan of his experience at his new club, which is on the same street (Collie Smith Drive) as his first, Boys' Town.

Opportunity, Morgan said, was what took him back 'home'.

"My decision to leave Waterhouse was nothing controversial. I respect them and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me, but I saw an opportunity here (at Arnett Gardens) where I can be myself. Here, I get the freedom to play and, create chances and of course, win things.

"My aim is to win. I haven't won the Premier League. I have won everything else in local football, but not that. I have been close three times and have never won it. That (winning) is the aim right now," the confident player explained.

Arnett Gardens, Morgan believes, has the ingredients to give him what he craves.

"The current Arnett Gardens squad is the number one on paper, we just need to gel. If we play to our ability, then there is no team to stop us," Morgan declared.

Standings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arnett 3 2 1 0 5 2 37

Reno 3 1 2 0 7 6 1 5

Cavalier 3 1 2 0 2 1 15

MoBay 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4

W'house 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3Sporting 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 3

Rivoli 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2

Barbican 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

H View 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2Tivoli 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2H Lion 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1

B Town 3 0 1 2 18 -7 1