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Arnett, BT to rock Trench Town in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 9:00 AMNodley Wright
Boys' Town's Rafeik Thomas searches for the ball while contending in a bundle with Tivoli Gardens' Shavar Campbell (No.19) and Andre Morgan (centre), while Boys' Town's Andre Dawson (left) reacts, during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Edward Seaga Sports Complex last Sunday. The game ended 1-1.

Following their defeat last week, defending champions Arnett Gardens will not only be seeking to return to winning ways today, but will also be fighting for bragging rights on Collie Smith Drive.

Sharing the same street, Collie Smith Drive, Arnett Gardens will be hoping to share little else with their neighbours when the two meet this evening at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Arnett Gardens should enjoy home advantage, but that in itself should not mean much if their last performance is anything to go by. Against Cavalier, they looked lost as they allowed themselves to be dictated to by the less fancied opposition.

Their opening game, played at home, saw a better show by them, but that was against newcomers UWI FC, who were also beaten 3-0 in their second game by Montego Bay United.

"We lost Monday's game, but we just have to concentrate on the game at hand," said coach Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens.

"Preseason training is important before the competition starts. Where that is concerned, Arnett Gardens failed. We had some players going overseas, some playing business house, some playing corner league, so we did not have proper preparation, so what is happening is basically preseason work," Waite added, explaining his team's below par performance.

Despite that situation, Waite expects his players to put in a much better performance today.

"The work that the team put in this week was much improved, so we should see a better performance. They are still not where I want them to be but we can still do enough to pull off a victory," Waite said.

Boys' Town's Andrew Price is expecting a tough game.

"This game is going to be very competitive. All Collie Smith Drive games are and I don't expect this to be different," said Price.

Unlike Arnett Gardens, Boys' Town have not won any of their two games so far, but have not lost any either. They started brightly in both of their games, but were unable to put away the opposition.

"My team is slowly getting to where we want to be. One of the things that we have been working on is keeping the lead. We need to keep our shape in defence and midfield because we have the players who will score for us," said Price.

He added: "Peter Keyes and Michael Blygen have looked sharp, Rafeik Thomas scored 16 goals for us last season and there is also the youngster, Shamar Nicholson, who should feature at some point."

If Arnett Gardens are to win, the leadership qualities of O'Neil Thompson will need to be at its best, as he, along with Andrew Phang and Leon Strickland, will have to carry the youngsters.

At Drewsland Stadium, visitors Portmore United will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten record when they go up against Waterhouse, who have just one point from their one completed game.

Rivoli United will be looking for their first win of the season when they entertain UWI FC, who are still to record a win or score a goal in the League, while Tivoli Gardens will host Humble Lion without the electric Jermaine Johnson.

On Monday night, Harbour View will play Reno under lights.

Today's Games

6:00 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Boys' Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

4:00 p.m.: Rivoli United vs UWI FC at Spanish Town Prison Oval

3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion at Edward Seaga Sports Complex

4:00 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Portmore United at Drewsland Stadium

Monday Night Game

8:30 p.m.: Harbour View vs Reno at Harbour View Stadium

Standings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Portmore 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6

Cavalier 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4

Arnett 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 3

MoBay Utd 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3

Reno 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3

Boys' Town 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

H.View 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

Tivoli 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

Waterhouse 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Humble Lion 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1

Rivoli 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

UWI FC 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0