Arnett's Satchwell targets national U23 team
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Arnett Gardens were in full bloom on Monday night as they lit up the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex with a 4-1 win over promoted Reno on Westmoreland in the Red Stripe Premier League.
Their win was powered by a double from Andre Clennon in the 20th and 62nd minutes, and a strike each from Marcelino Blackburn in the 11th and Leon Strickland in the 41st. It improved their tally to 29 points, the same as leaders Montego Bay United, but with an inferior goal difference.
Afiba Chambers scored Reno'a lone goal in the 14th minute - when he levelled the score - before things went downhill for them.
But while most of the acclaim will probably go to Clennon for his double, Dasha Satchwell was Arnett Gardens' most influential player. In fact, he set up both of Clennon's goals, the second of which the forward knew nothing about as the ball hit him and went into the net.
For 21-year-old central midfielder Satchwell, who dreams of playing professionally, he was just doing what he can do.
"I feel very proud of my performance as I have been putting in the hard work, showing the dedication and following the instructions that the coaches have been giving me. It is pretty simple and I am only doing what I know how to do," said the player who was attached to Santos Football Club from the age of 12 until he left at the start of this season.
With performances like Monday night's where he was the engine of the team, the sturdily built player is hoping to get noticed.
"I am really looking forward to the national Under-23 team and hope that the opportunity comes. I have not had an invitation as yet, but I believe that if I continue to do well and remain consistent then that opportunity will come. I am really hopeful," said the player who represented Clarendon College in the daCosta Cup competition under the guidance of Paul 'Tegat' Davis, Donovan Duckie and Garfield Robinson.
If that call up does not come then Satchwell will continue to plug away at a brighter future through football.
"My aim is to play professionally and also to further my education and basically to get the best out of football. I have six CXCs, so I am in a position where I can get a football scholarship and I will be looking at that too," the man who is currently employed to the National Housing Trust explained.
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
MoBay Utd 15 9 2 4 26 12 14 29
Arnett 15 9 2 4 28 20 8 29
Waterhouse 15 8 4 3 20 10 10 28
H View 15 7 5 3 24 16 8 26
Cavalier 15 6 4 5 11 9 2 22
Rivoli 15 6 4 5 26 25 1 22
Sporting 15 6 2 7 20 21 -1 20
Tivoli 15 5 3 7 15 23 -8 18
Reno 15 4 3 8 22 26 -4 15
Barbican 15 3 5 7 11 23 -12 14
Humble Lion 15 3 4 8 11 18 -7 13
Boys' Town 15 3 4 8 16 27 -11 13