Arnett beat MoBay United in Red Stripe Premier League
Arnett Gardens FC registered a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Montego Bay United (MBU) in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) top of the table football match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town yesterday.
Montego Bay took the lead when the RSPL's leading marksman, Owayne Gordon, fired home his season high 16th goal past Arnett's custodian, Peter Harrison, in the 21st minute.
However, the home side fought back and scored twice inside two minutes. Kenniel Hyde swerved a kick from 25 yards past Romaine Bowers in goal for MBU in the 43rd minute. Then veteran striker Leon Strickland headed home in the 45th minute.
MoBay United started well with some beautiful build-ups from Gordon, Dino Williams and Cory Hylton and took the lead when Williams threaded a perfect pass to Gordon, who finished off the play beautifully.
However, Arnett gradually took over and scored two goals in the closing minutes of the first half for a good win that pushed them into second position on 57 points, three off leaders Portmore United (60) and ahead of MBU, on 54 points, in the race for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that completes the preliminary stage of the league on most points. Two rounds remain.
"I'm proud of the team coming from behind today (yesterday) to beat MoBay United. We also had some players out but the other players stepped up," Jerome Waite, head coach of defending champions Arnett, told The Gleaner.
The veteran coach was also confident that his team would retain the title.
"We are here to retain the title," he declared.
On the other hand, MBU's head coach, Paul 'Tegat' Davis who was also head coach at Arnett - had high praises for his team's effort.
"It was a pretty good game as we had seven players out. We went ahead and the players put out their best and now we will win the Premier League," Davis, who is also a former national striker disclosed.
Arnett Gardens 2 MoBay United 1
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