Arnett edge Tivoli in fierce clash
Arnett Gardens FC scored a come-from-behind 3-2 win against Tivoli Gardens in a fierce Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football encounter at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
The visitors' victory came courtesy of a double strike by veteran striker Leon 'Stricky' Strickland in the 47th and 77th minutes. Substitute Marvin Morgan added another in the 73rd minute.
Tivoli took the lead when Navion 'Boysie' Boyd converted a penalty kick in the eighth minute. Boyd then doubled his tally in the 56th minute.
Immediately after the game, former Tivoli Gardens player Jameel Thompson, now representing Arnett, and Tivoli's striker, Rodico Wellington were involved in a fight that was cooled by players from both teams.
That escalated when players and spectators from the clubs were involved in fracas. The police calmed things down.
Before that, it was the normal competitive game expected from both clubs. Referee Kevin Morrison had a busy afternoon as he issued a total of eight yellow cards. Arnett players received five, while Tivoli players got three.
Tivoli took the lead when Boyd converted a penalty kick past Arnett's goalkeeper, Peter Harrison. Strickland continued his good scoring form when he fired a beauty past Davin Watkins early in the second half.
Boyd again put his team ahead, but two quick goals in four minutes sealed the three points for the 'Junglists'. Morgan came off the bench and scored, then Strickland rocketed another wonderful strike past Watkins.
Strickland, who scored his third goal of the season in back-to-back games, was obviously pleased with his performance.
"My form depends on training. I am working hard, and it is now paying dividends," Strickland told The Gleaner.
"I was getting some flack for not scoring, and now I am trying to score at least a goal in each game moving forward," the 32-year-old added.
Arnett's coach, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite, said his team is moving in the right direction, following four consecutive wins in the nation's top-flight football competition.
"We are moving in the right direction. It was a collective effort from the team as they stuck to the task," Waite said.
He was also pleased with Strickland's recent form in front of goal.
"He (Strickland) scored a beauty on Wednesday and came here today (yesterday) and got two goals, and that is good for his confidence," the coach disclosed.
Meanwhile, Tivoli's coach Alvin Shaw admitted that his team was beaten by a quality Arnett team.
"It was a very disappointing result. I have seen improvements in the team and we will continue to work hard. However, we played a quality team and were beaten today," Shaw informed.