Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Arnett Gardens team captain Kirk Ramsay is still hitting the back of the nets in local football after 15 seasons in the national Premier League and is confident that his team has the right attitude to win the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and other silverware this season.
Ramsay is the joint leading striker in the RSPL, alongside teammate Newton Sterling on three goals apiece after four rounds of games. He opened his account with a brace in Arnett's 2-2 draw against Tivoli two weeks ago, then scored the opening goal in the team's 4-1 win against Sporting Central on Sunday.
That win pushed Arnett to five points, four off early leader Humble Lion. "My main aim is to win the league this season at Arnett. I would be thankful if I end up being the leading goalscorer, but the emphasis is on the team winning titles this season," the 33 year-old striker told The Gleaner.
"We have quality players but we have to continue to work hard. My aim is to score 30 goals in the league, and if I do that and with the league back to a play-off system, we have a strong chance to finish in the top four and take it from there."
Ramsay won the Premier League's leading scorer award three season's ago, and finished second to national and Waterhouse forward Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson last season.
Having last won the nation's top league in 2002, Ramsay believes that Arnett is better suited for this system.
"In the past, indiscipline has affected the team, but the past coach (Paul 'Tegat' Davis) and current coach Calvin Lewis have changed that attitude," Ramsay pointed out.
'If you want success you have to work hard, so as a player and the team's captain I always do extra training, and give it all in matches," he added.
Coach Lewis, who took over as coach after Davis resigned last season, described Ramsay as "very adaptable, he trains and plays hard and shows good leadership qualities. He is easy to work with."
With the RSPL on a break this Sunday, to facilitate the Flow Champions Cup semi-finals, Ramsay is looking forward to his team's clash against long-time rivals Tivoli Gardens in the first of a double-header at Waterhouse Stadium in Drewsland, starting at 5 p.m. In the second semi-final, Waterhouse face Harbour View. The winners of each semi-final will face-off in the final for the Flow Cup and winning cash incentive of $1 million.
"We are in the last four, so we are hoping to beat Tivoli in what should be a competitive game and move on to the final. We want to win the Flow Cup which would be a big boost for the team's confidence," Ramsay said.
A former schoolboy star player, Ramsay played a big role in Dunoon Technical winning the Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield in 1998.
He went on to win two Premier League titles at Portmore United and Waterhouse. Ramsay also represented Rivoli United in the Premier League.