Reno rally to defeat Arnett at Frome
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau: Arnett Gardens allowed a fifth-minute Oniel 'Bigga' Thompson goal to slip, as they fell 1-2 to Reno in yesterday's rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League match at the Frome Sports Complex.
It was a cruel loss for head coach Jerome Waite, whose Arnett side entered the match-up occupying third place in the league table with 11 points.
Reno, meanwhile, moved from fifth position to joint third alongside yesterday's victims.
But it all could have been a different story had Arnett held onto the lead, which they earned, after Thompson latched onto a right-sided free-kick and drove his shot low and out of the reach of Dennis Taylor in the Reno goal. It was his second goal of the campaign.
That Reno were scored against was no big surprise, they are only second to Boys' Town in the goals-conceded category with 12, but hit man Craig Foster has often been their saviour and he would again pounce to level things soon thereafter.
The Reno striker came agonisingly close to the equaliser in the 9th minute, when he beat the offside trap and also the advancing Damian Hyatt in the Arnett goal before rolling his shot just wide of goal.
Second time around
He did take his chance a second time around, when he collected a through pass from Junior Neil in midfield, sprinted away from two defenders and fired into the goal, making the score 1-1 in the 29th.
It was his tenth goal of the season, as he continues to press home a claim for a spot in head coach Winfried Schäfer's Reggae Boyz squad.
Neil would then double the hosts' lead in the 32nd with a thunderous left-footed shot, after he was sprung from midfield, as Reno took the lead against the run-of-play.
Arnett had the better of play in the second half, but had precious little to show, as Reno played good defence to keep the three points to the delight of assistant coach Machel Woolery.
"We played a tactically sound game today, especially after going down early," said Woolery.
"We feel good where we are in the table at the moment, but we cannot get complacent as we have lot more work ahead of us," he added.