Sibbles dedicates Maverley-Hughenden win to coach
Tivoli Gardens racked up their sixth straight win, Montego Bay (MBU) clipped the University of the West Indies (UWI) in the high-profile game, while promoted Maverley-Hughenden are making strides in the Red Stripe Premier League since new coach Anthony Patrick took over.
Eleven goals were scored in yesterday's round of action in the nation's top-flight league. One of those came from the boot of Maverley-Hughenden striker Jamoy Sibbles, whose 62nd-minute strike in their 1-0 win over Arnett Gardens at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex pushed the team to a two wins from as many games - a 100 per cent record since Patrick took charge following the sacking of Lijyasu Simms two weeks ago.
In the west, MBU scored a narrow 1-0 win over UWI FC (29 points) to move to 34 points at the top of the standings, sending their victims down to third place, while high-flying Tivoli Gardens took control of second spot with their 4-0 trashing of Harbour View.
At the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, Arnett Gardens created several clear chances but failed to score due to faulty shooting and some fine saves from Maverley-Hughenden's goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell.
Sibbles, who scored his first goal for Maverley-Hughenden since his summer transfer from Tivoli Gardens, dedicated the goal to his new boss.
"It was absolutely good to score the winning goal against Arnett today. The coach told us that one of the top three players up front must score and the preparation was very good during the week leading to the game," Sibbles told The Gleaner.
"Personally, I have dedicated the win to the coach for driving us hard in training and getting the players in the right frame of mind," he added.
Sibbles also said that he exited Tivoli Gardens for Maverley-Hughenden because the president (Craig Walters) encouraged him to join them.
Patrick was left pleased with his team's effort which he described as a workman-like performance.
"It was a workman-like performance from the team. I told the strikers that they have to run at Arnett and get the goals. The players have confidence in me, and that has made the difference in winning the last two games. We will go back in training and continue to work hard," Patrick reasoned.
Reno 0 Humble Lion 2
Tivoli Gardens 4 Harbour View 0
Portmore United 0 Waterhouse 0
Jamalco 2 Boys' Town 1
Montego Bay United 1 UWI FC 0
Arnett Gardens 0 Maverley-Hughenden 1