Junglists slam strugglers to stretch lead
Arnett Gardens cruised past Barbican 3-0 in the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Barbican Complex yesterday.
Andrew Phang gave the 'Junglists' the lead when he benefited from a 'gift' by Barbican goalkeeper Ashek Taylor in the 10th minute. Taylor, who had a poor day, failed to hold a cross and Phang converted.
Okive Blake of Barbican headed past his own goalie in the 55th minute to put the visitors 2-0 up. Then Leon Strickland was 'gifted' the ball by Taylor and accounted for Arnett's third strike in the 61st minute.
Arnett lost central defender Anthowe Dawkins to injury, as he fell and dislocated his shoulder in the 32nd minute. He was replaced by Jamar Martin.
With the win, Arnett pushed further in the lead on 51 points, eight ahead of Montego Bay (43), in the race for semi-final spots.
Barbican are in danger of relegation, as they remained rooted at the bottom of the 12-team standings on 21 points in the third and final preliminary round.
Arnett were the better team on the day and deserved the victory, as Barbican offered little fight.
Coach of Arnett Jerome 'Jerry', Waite said it was all about getting three points.
"It was about getting three points today (yesterday). We created numerous goalscoring chances, and scored three times and kept a clean sheet. And that was good," Waite told The Gleaner.
"I expected more from the opponent, but they did not offer much in the game," he said.
Meanwhile, Marvin Tate, coach of Barbican, admitted his team gave up some 'soft' goals.
"I think the team did not do badly under the circumstances. We had a makeshift defence line, as players were out through injury and red cards in the last game," Tate reasoned.
"Although eight games are remaining, we still maintain hopes of saving relegation. We give ourselves a fighting chance," he said.
n Barbican 0 Arnett Gardens 3
n MoBay United 2 Tivoli Gardens 1
n Reno 0 Boys' Town 2
n Sporting Central 1 Cavalier SC 0
n Humble Lion 1 Rivoli United 0
n 8:30 p.m. Waterhouse vs Harbour View at Waterhouse Stadium.