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Martin takes card to celebrate with fans

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 3:00 AMMarc Stamp
Arnett Gardens’ Michaelos Martin (left) challenges for possession with Rivoli United’s Jermaine White (right) and Kemar Bennett during Sunday night’s Red Stripe Premier League football match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday night. Martin scored as Arnett won 1-0.

Arnett Gardens' Michaelos Martin celebrated his goal against Rivoli United in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by sprinting off the field and jumping the fence to share a moment with supporters on Sunday night at the Anthony Spaulding Complex.

For that celebration, Martin was shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Morrison.

"I don't know why I did it. That was my second goal of the season in the league," Martin told The Gleaner about his celebration after scoring in the 47th minute.

"In the first game of the season last September, I started with a bang by scoring in a 1-0 win against Harbour View. Then I was affected by chik-V and also wasn't training consistently because of personal reasons," he shared.

"It has been a long time since the first game, so maybe I was just excited about my second goal for Arnett," he said.

"Right now I am settled and training very hard to compete for a starting place, as we have some good players in the forward position," the former Charlie Smith High Manning Cup star added.

goals for next season

"We have three games to go before the semi-finals, so my aim is to score about six goals in total, and continue improving on my game for the next season," Martin said.

Arnett have already qualified for the semi-final and are firmly on course to capture the $1 million incentive provided by the league's sponsor, Red Stripe, for attaining the most points in the preliminaries.

Martin expressed extreme confidence that his team will win the title for the first time since 2002.

"We are sure to win the league. The players are together, and we have many talented players and also a good coaching staff with Jerome Waite in charge," he confidently said.

His coach, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite, says it is a common thing for youngsters to celebrate in the manner that Martin did.

"Youngsters go through those things. It is a learning process. He needs self-belief. Martin executed the goal well, and overall had a very good game," said Waite, who is in charge of Arnett and Charlie Smith High's football programmes.

Regarding his team's chances for the rest of the season, Waite said: "It will get harder, so we have to keep the team focused in the remaining games."