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Semi-final day in Bell KO

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2016 | 2:00 AMMarc Stamp
Waterhouse's coach Paul Young.
Arnett Gardens' Vishinul Harris.
Veteran Waterhouse player Kevin Lamey (left).
Boys' Town's Shamar Nicholson (left) .
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Paul Young's Waterhouse have their sights set on retaining the Locker Room Sports/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout Trophy and will meet August Town in the opening game of a semi-final double-header at Harbour View Stadium today at 6 p.m.

In the second match, five-time winners Arnett Gardens tackle neighbouring Boys' Town in a Trench Town derby at 8 p.m.

The winners of both games will contest the final scheduled for March 3 at a venue to be named.

Despite struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Waterhouse have won both games in this season's Corporate Area knockout competition and are highly fancied to beat Super League contenders August Town on their way to the final.

Waterhouse reached the last four by knocking out Cavalier 2-0 last Thursday night at the Constant Spring Complex. Arnett beat Harbour View 7-6 in a penalty shootout after both teams battled to a 0-0 scoreline at the completion of regular and extra time in the late game.

"We are the defending champions and we treat each opponent the same way regardless of the league they compete in," Young told the Sunday Gleaner.

"Our aim has always been to retain the title and now we are two wins away from that objective," he added. "My hope is that the team will continue to display good football, and score goals, and win the games," Young concluded.

To achieve victory, Waterhouse will look to veteran Kevin Lamey, new recruit Devon Hodges, as well as captain Hughan Gray and Nicholy Finlayson.

Although it will be a big task for August Town, it is not impossible.

"We want to give account of ourselves, and then live with the result," coach of August Town Omar Stanley said.

August Town will rely on Atapharoy Bygrave, who scored a wonderful goal in his team's 1-0 win against Real Mona in the quarter-final match last Tuesday at Constant Spring.

In the clash of the RSPL teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town should have a close contest.

TIGHT ENCOUNTER

Andrew Price, the coach of Boys' Town, expects a tight encounter.

"I'm looking forward to the game as once it is a Trench Town derby, we will come out motivated and hope to put Arnett under pressure," he said.

Boys' Town's leading players include Michily Waul, Daemion Benjamin, Kirk Porter and Shamar Nicholson.

On the other hand, Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens FC says it will be another interesting clash between the teams.

"Well, Boys' Town always come out with their 'A' game. It will be a competitive and physical game. It is a Trench Town derby. The Jackie Bell is very important, so we want to win the title," Waite said.

Arnett's main players include captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Kemal 'Tull' Malcolm.