Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Paul 'Tegat' Davis declared last Monday, following his team's come-from-behind win over Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), that his charges "are on a mission" and what they have achieved so far was just the start.
That mission, though it was not stated, is to return the 'Junglists' as the Arnett Gardens team are dubbed, to the top of local football and to the Premier League title, something they last achieved with names like Walter Boyd, Onandi Lowe, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin Wilson and Eugene Barnes. These players no longer figure and Davis is refashioning the team with a blend of talented young players such as the impressive Lamar Nelson, Jason Moore and Andrew Phang, with the experienced head of captain Kirk Ramsay and William Richards providing leadership on the field.
Having already taken care of former champions and year to year rivals Tivoli Gardens, Humble Lion and last year's second-placed finishers, Arnett Gardens will test themselves even further when they play away to defending champions Portmore United in the day's late game at 7 p.m. While Arnett Gardens are at the top of the table with 10 points following three wins and a draw and Portmore United are in ninth place on four points in the 12-team League, this could still be a keen contest.
If nothing else Portmore United, a deeply talented bunch, will be playing for their pride. Having already lost to the two promoted teams, Savannah and Cavalier, another loss to a team that is emerging as possible title contenders, could see them seriously question themselves. In captain Ewan Grandison, Andrew Vanzie, Rosario Harriott, Alanzo Adlam and the bright spark Stephen Williams they have good young players which could blend well with the experienced and driven Damian Williams.
At Waterhouse the home team, which have lost their last two games to Portmore United and the promoted Cavalier, will seek to return to winning ways when they host the other promoted team and previous leaders of the competition, Savannah FC. Savannah lost their first match last week and it will be interesting to see how they recover from that performance, while a third successive loss could heap pressure on coach Donovan Duckie.
Arnett's coach Paul 'Tegat' Davis. - File
3:30 p.m: Boys Town vs Montego Bay United - Collie Smith Complex
3:30 p.m: Highgate United vs Harbour View - Drax Hall Sports Complex
3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs Tivoli Gardens - Effortville Community Centre
6:00 p.m: Waterhouse vs Savannah - Drewsland Stadium
7:00 p.m: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens - Ferdie Neita Park
9:00 p.m: Cavalier vs Sporting Central - Stadium East