Arnett Gardens lift sixth Jackie Bell title
Arnett Gardens FC ended the local season on a high following a 2-1 win over Waterhouse FC to lift the Locker Room/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout trophy at Sabina Park yesterday.
The 'Junglists' gained their sixth hold on the Jackie Bell courtesy of a penalty by Jason Moore in the 12th minute and a goal by Newton Sterling in the 31st. Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson netted for the losers in the 54th minute.
Arnett started the game with more purpose and scored twice in the first half. Steve Clarke was cut down inside the 18-yard area by Waterhouse's central defender, Carlos Wright. It gave Moore the chance to easily slotted his penalty kick past goalkeeper Rashaun Patterson.
Sterling then slotted home after a cross from the left flank by former Waterhouse player Neicko Williams.
In the second half, Waterhouse improved their play and pulled back a goal when Anderson netted past Peter Harrison in goal for Arnett.
Waterhouse took control after their goal and missed several easy chances to at least send the match into extra time.
Arnett missed out on the Red Stripe Premier League trophy but etched their name on the Jackie Bell for a sixth time. They also walked away with medals and $400,000 while Waterhouse earned $250,000.
Arnett's head coach, Jerome Waite, said the victory served as a consolation after missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League title this season.
"It will be a consolation. A knockout trophy is always considered that way. We were not at full strength due to injuries," said Waite, who admitted that Waterhouse was the better team
in the second half.
The veteran coach is now looking forward to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) semi-finals on Friday and a match against Trinidad and Tobago's W Connection in Haiti.
"The victory will serve as a boost heading into the CFU Club Championship this weekend," Waite informed.
On the other hand, Waterhouse's coach, Anthony Patrick, was disappointed.
"I think that we started a little flat, but looked better in the second half," Patrick said.