Top clubs battle for Bell KO last four spots
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Four of the island's top football clubs will be engaged in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jackie Bell knockout competition quarter-final stage today in a double-header at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
In the first game, Tivoli Gardens tackle Harbour View, starting at 6 p.m., to be followed by a clash of neighbouring clubs, Boys' Town and Arnett Gardens, at 8 p.m.
All four clubs are involved in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and that should make the games very competitive.
In the feature, Arnett Gardens are favoured to win against a Boys' Town team that is struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League. However, when it comes to a knockout game, the team that wants it more usually wins.
Arnett are on a roll in the premier league, coming off a fourth consecutive win last Sunday, and coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite said his team will not be taking their foot off the pedal.
"Well, first and foremost, we have won the competition a record six times, so we will put all in the game against Boys' Town tomorrow," Waite told The Gleaner.
"We can't underestimate Boys' Town, despite their woes in the premier league, as this is a competition that they can win," he added.
Arnett will look to the rejuvenated striker, Leon Strickland, former Boys' Town player Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Jason Moore, and André Clennon for victory.
Meanwhile, Boys' Town's long-serving coach, Andrew Price, hopes that his team can put away their chances and also defend well against Arnett.
"It should be a tough game. We've played them twice this season, won once and lost the other game, in different competitions," Price said.
"The match-up should be an interesting one. We have to prevent Arnett from scoring, as well as put away our chances. And, if we do these things, we should advance to the semi-finals," he reasoned.
Boys' Town will be hoping that players such as captain Michael Campbell, Rafiek Thomas, André Dawson, and Peter Keyes find their best form in today's match.
In the opening game, a close encounter is also expected. Harbour View edged Tivoli 1-0 in a RSPL encounter a week ago and will be hunting another victory.
However, Tivoli, coming off two consecutive defeats in the premier league, will look to get back on the winning trail.
The KSAFA/Jackie Bell 2014/15 winners will collect the trophy and $400,000, while the beaten finalists will get $250,000. The third-place team is guaranteed $150,000 and fourth, $100,000.
Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View at 6 p.m.
Boys' Town vs Arnett Gardens at 8 p.m.
Barbican vs Rockfort at 6 p.m.
Cavalier vs Waterhouse at 8 p.m.
(Both games at Waterhouse Stadium).