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Arnett Gardens still in top-six race –Thomas

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:22 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Denardo Thomas of Waterhouse.
Denardo Thomas of Waterhouse.

Despite giving up an injury-time goal to only come away with a point from their Monday night Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game against Waterhouse, Arnett Gardens’ coach Alex Thomas says they are still in the race for a top- six berth.

Kemal Malcolm put Arnett Gardens in front after 24 minutes, but Denardo Thomas’ fantastic strike a minute into added time secured a point for the league leaders, who also regained sole leadership.

But despite the disappointment, Thomas noted that their play-off rivals were in touching distant and he is upbeat about their chance of taking one of those spots.

“It’s unfortunate that we never got the three points. We are disappointed, but thankful for the point. We wanted three points to push us back in the top six, but we have four remaining games and the teams are still in touching distant.

“They (Tivoli and Dunbeholden) are just one point ahead of us, and maybe the next game we are back in the top six, so we have to maintain the focus for those four games,” he said.

One point away

The result left Arnett one point and one place out of the top six with 42 points and although Thomas expects things to get tougher, he is confident in his team’s ability to get over the line.

“We are on 42, the other contenders are on 43 (Dunbeholden) and 46 (Humble Lion and Portmore), so we go into other encounters like a final. We are still very much in it, even the eighth and ninth teams are also in it. Both Cavalier and Harbour View are on 39 and have four more games. So we have to push and give it our best shot,” he commented.

He also commended Denardo Thomas’ well-taken goal. “With seconds to go the only option was to kick, and he executed and got a point for his team,” he said.

Arnett will face Portmore on Sunday and Thomas expects his team to continue picking up points.

“It is going to be big. The mindset is to get three points and grind it out. We will have to play hard and come for it. It is going to get tougher and tougher, because these last few games are going to be extremely hard. We have to show character. We have to show the fight, and to become champions, you have to beat the best. Last night (Monday) we played the league leaders hard, and now we have the defending champion

“We can (get the results we want), and we will and must, that’s our objective for these last few games. The players understand the job at hand and where we are, so we are ready for them,” he said.