Football lovers could be in store for another fierce contest between Arnett Gardens Football Club and Tivoli Gardens FC when both rivals meet in the last quarter-final match of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jamaica Yellow Pages Knockout game at Edward Seaga Sports Complex today, starting at 5 p.m.
Over the years, both teams have engaged in some pretty close games whenever they meet in any competition. And this match-up should be no different, so spectators should brace themselves for another hot contest.
At stake is a place in the semi-finals of the Corporate Area knockout competition against Harbour View. The other semi-final game will see Boys' Town tackling Waterhouse. The venues are yet to be decided.
"Well, it's a tournament we take very serious, as it is probably the only one we have a chance to win," Alvin Shaw, assistant coach of Tivoli Gardens senior team, told The Gleaner yesterday.
"On the last occasion that both teams met it was a fiercely fought encounter that ended 2-2 (Red Stripe Premier League last November)."
Shaw added: "We have prepared for them. We are certainly expecting another close battle against Arnett, but we want to win this one and move on to the last four."
A real treat
Meantime, Arnett's head coach, Calvin Lewis, agreed that the game could be another thriller and a real treat for spectators.
He said: "It is a derby game that is always hotly contested. However, we are defending champions, so we are certainly looking forward to win the title again."
Lewis, who replaced Paul 'Tegat' Davis as coach at Arnett late last year, has restructured the team and several senior players were released this month. The latest player that was shown the door at Arnett is utility player Rohan Reid, who is now at Cavalier.
"We are working on the mindset of the players as we have to get them passionate about the game. I expect another close battle tomorrow (today) at Tivoli's home turf," Lewis said.