Arnett rally

Published: Thursday | December 13, 2012 Comments 0
Kirk Ramsay - Arnett Gardens.
Kirk Ramsay - Arnett Gardens.

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Arnett Gardens continued their revival under coach Calvin Lewis, with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over previous second-round leaders Cavalier in their Red Stripe Premier League match yesterday at Stadium East .

Cavalier's leading scorer, Claudious Blackburn, netted his seventh goal of the season in the 26th minute to give his team the lead.

Arnett, however, responded strongly through strikes from Kemal Malcolm (35th), Kirk Ramsay (50th) and Fabian Reid (90+2).

The win, which is Lewis' second since taking over - with the other result being a draw - moved the Junglists from sixth up to second in the 12-team standings on 28 points, three behind leaders Harbour View (31).

Cavalier, who were suffering only their second loss in six games into the second round - both of which have come in their last three games - remain seventh with 25 points.

"I am pleased. We are picking up points, especially with this being an away game," Lewis said. "Thanks to the players, they really worked hard today for the three points."

Arnett Gardens came close to taking the lead in the 14th minute when Malcolm's 19-yard effort was spilled by reigning Player of the Month, Cavalier keeper Gariece McPherson. The ball, however, struck the right post and rebounded into his grateful arms.

It was Cavalier's turn to strike the woodwork in the 22nd minute, when Mitchily Waul fired on to the crossbar from inside the area with Arnett's custodian, Damion Hyatt, stranded and the goal at his mercy, after a lovely bit of play by Geovaunie Samuda had set him up.

Cavalier's coach, David Laylor, believed missed opportunities such as that one cost his team the game.

"I believe we got the goals early and failed to score them, and when you fail to score, at the end of the day the result is going to show," Laylor said. "The other team (Arnett) got their chances and they scored; they seemed to have wanted it more than us today."

neatly side-footed

Cavalier would strike first, however, when Blackburn neatly side-footed home from inside the area in the 26th minute, after Chevonne Marsh had dismissed Arnett's Gerald Neil on the left flank, before playing the ball into the box.

Arnett pulled level 10 minutes before the interval when Malcolm scored one of the best goals of the season, as he drove home a 40-yard free kick for his second goal against Cavalier in as many games. The first had earned Arnett a 1-0 win in the first round.

Arnett came out more purposeful in the second half and were soon rewarded when captain Ramsay silenced the spectators with his seventh goal of the season, as he fired home on the turn from inside the area after Cavalier had failed to clear their box.

Malcolm and Leon Strickland squandered two glorious scoring opportunities for Arnett in the 72nd and 85th minutes, respectively, before Reid made the points safe two minutes into added time when he rolled the ball into an unguarded net.

Yesterday's results

Humble Lion 1 Savannah 0

Cavalier 1 Arnett 3

Highgate 0 Tivoli 0

Waterhouse 1 Sporting 1

Today's games

6 p.m. Boys' Town vs Harbour View at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

7 p.m. Portmore United vs Montego Bay United at Ferdie Neita Park

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com



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