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Morgan goal sets up derby win for Arnett

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 1:35 AMNodley Wright
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At the end of 90 minutes of football on Monday night, bragging rights belonged to Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby.

The battle, which pitted two teams on the same stretch of roach but with vastly different fortunes - against each other - saw the more favoured Arnett Gardens come out 2-1 winners.

As was the case when both teams met in the first round of the Red Stripe Premier League, one of Boys' Town's former ballers played a part in their demise. This time around it was Marvin Morgan who scored the opener in the third minute.

AndrĂˆ Clennon stretched Arnett's lead in the 67th minute, before Damion Benjamin gave Boys' Town hope with a wonderful strike in the 87th minute.

For Morgan, a player who comes from a rich Boys' Town history, as his father played football for the club and grandfather played cricket and football, it was mixed feelings.

"First and foremost, I am very much overwhelmed to get the go-ahead goal. It gave us a platform from which to operate, and you saw it in our play afterwards.

"It was a rough game, a rivalry, and we finally got the three points and I am thankful for that," was how Morgan reacted to the result.

From the other side, he said: "I could not celebrate because it is my hometown and a club that I have been through since I was a child.

"I decided before the game that even if I scored, I would not have celebrated, and this was to show my respect to the fans and the support that they have given me throughout my time at the club, so it was hard for me to help them lose."

He added: "It is my job to score goals, and if it comes, I will have to do it. It does not matter against whom. I have to do my job because we play for three points and to win."

Overall, though, Morgan said the feeling that he will take from the game is one of positivity, especially as Arnett Gardens now lead the league after recording their seventh successive victory. That win pushed them to two points above previous leaders Montego Bay United.

"I must say that the hard, hard work has put us there. All we can do now is to maintain it, and when you are at the top, the only place you can go is down if you have a negative vibe. Right now, is just positivity," explained the former St George's College standout.

The current form of the team, Morgan said, can carry them to their goal of winning the league.

"We have the depth to do it in the squad. Things are very competitive and no one has any sure place in the team. You have to work hard to keep your game, and that is a good sign. Everyone is working hard and pulling their weight.

"We are not going to say we have it, but if we continue to work hard and operate the way we have been, then we can do it," said Morgan.