Arnett Gardens, Boys' Town battle teams from lower league

Published: Wednesday | December 4, 2013 Comments 0

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell knockout competition moves into high gear today, with two Premier League teams bowing into action.

The day's full schedule reads: Whitfield Town vs Boys' Town at Greenwich All-Age School; Rockfort vs Cooreville Gardens at Rockfort; Maxfield Park vs Arnett Gardens at Maxfield Park; and Constant Spring vs Meadforest at Spring Complex. All games start at 3 p.m.

Six-time winners Arnett Gardens, who are struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), will look to beat KSAFA Super League team Maxfield and take an advantage going into the return leg next Wednesday at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Maxfield won the KSAFA Major League last year and were promoted. Now, they will be seeking the scalp of the more fancied Arnett team.

HOPEFUL GIANT-KILLERS

In another highlight game, Boys' Town, coming off a victory against Portmore United in the RSPL last Sunday, are high on confidence and will look to destroy neighbouring Whitfield Town from their first-leg encounter.

However, Whitfield Town won the KSAFA Syd Bartlett competition last season and will look to be giant-killers.

This season, organisers KSAFA increased the profile of the league, by introducing the Premier League teams earlier.

Jamaica Yellow Pages pumped $4 million towards the running of the competition, which involves Corporate Area clubs. The winners of this season's competition will take home $350,000, runners-up $200,000, third $150,000, and fourth $100,000.

The competition started with 36 teams - seven of which are involved in the RSPL - 12 from KSAFA Super League and 17 teams from the KSAFA Major League.

The Jackie Bell competition is played in honour of the late football coach and administrator, Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell, who died alongside his close friend, Dennis Ziadie, in a bus accident in Mexico 1986 while attending the FIFA World Cup Finals.

The knockout competition started a year later and defending champions Harbour View, along with Arnett Gardens, are the winningest teams with six titles each.

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