Humble Lion defence secure draw at Arnett in Red Stripe Premier League semi-final
Humble Lion left satisfied following a 1-1 draw against Arnett Gardens in the first-leg semi-final tie of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition, at the Anthony Spaulding Complex last night.
Arnett took the lead when AndrÈ Clennon powered home from an acute angle past Humble Lion's goalkeeper, Damion Crooks, in the third minute. But the visitors fought back and earned a penalty when an Arnett defender handled the ball inside the 18-yard area. Wolry Wolfe stepped up and expertly kicked past Damian Hyatt in the 42nd minute.
The home team got the better chances, but failed to take the advantage heading into the second leg at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen next Monday.
Coach of Humble Lion, Donovan Duckie, was pleased with the result, and confident that his team would take the home advantage.
"I thought it was good game. We did well; it was all what championship is about. We came and took away the flanks from Arnett because that is their attacking strength," Duckie told The Gleaner.
"However, I was not pleased with certain aspects, as Wolry Wolfe and Cousins (Ricardo) did not follow the plan. We injected Horace Sharpe in the second half, and it was better."
On the other hand, Jerome Waite of Arnett felt that his team was better on the day and should have won.
"First and foremost, the game was physical. Humble Lion did not offer much in attack, as obviously they came to defend. We got some clear chances but failed to put them away," Waite said.
"Now we will head to Humble Lion's ground to put away the chances and come out the winner," he added.
The first leg of the other second semi-final will be played tonight between Waterhouse and defending champions Montego Bay United at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at eight o'clock.
The return match of that home-and-away series will be played next Sunday at Wespow Park in Montego Bay.
The winners of each semi-final, on aggregate, will advance to the final on June 1 at the National Stadium.