Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Arnett Gardens FC carved out an easy 3-0 win against Maxfield Park - which played most of the game with 10 men - at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday to advance to the next round in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout competition.
Having won the first leg 2-0 three weeks ago, Red Stripe Premier League team, Arnett, fielded several reserve players to win the tie 5-0 on aggregate against the promoted KSAFA Super League outfit.
Arnett Gardens' goals came courtesy of Michael Russell (36th minute), Jamaica College (JC) schoolboy star Rafique Bryan (64th), and substitute Leon Strickland (89th).
Maxfield's Dean Ferguson received a red card in the 23rd minute from referee Wilverglen Lamey, for abusive language directed at assistant referee Omar Mills.
After Maxfield put up a purposeful effort early in the game, they floundered after the red card, which made it easy for Arnett.
The Junglists took advantage of the situation by dictating the game with good passes and movements on and off the ball.
"It was basically a stroll in the park for us," coach of Arnett Gardens FC, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite, told The Gleaner. "We gave our reserve players a start today and they did well."
Waite added: "The Maxfield team put up a fight, but they were not able to hold out and we ran out easy winners. We are now looking forward to the next round as we are in the competition to win it."
Bryan, who made his debut for Arnett's senior team a week ago in the RSPL against Waterhouse, played the entire game yesterday.
"It was a wonderful feeling to score my first goal for the senior team," the 17-year-old said. "We have a good team and I am working my way into the first team."
Meanwhile, Maxfield Park's manager, Elvis Jenkins, said his team entered the game with a depleted squad.
"Because of the festive season we did not have our full squad. Then we went down to 10 players early in the game. But overall, it was a good effort from the players," Jenkins said.
Boys' Town2 Whitfield Town1
(Boys' Town advanced 2-1 on aggregate)
(Cavalier advanced 3-2 on aggregate)
Shortwood United0 Mountain View 0
(Shortwood United advanced 1-0 on aggregate)
Arnett Gardens3 Maxfield Park0
(Arnett Gardens advanced 5-0 on aggregate)