Reid’s late strike earns 1-0 win for Arnett
Arnett Gardens ace striker Fabian Reid has always maintained that his focus is not on winning the Golden Boot award this season, but on helping his team win the title.
However, he never doubted that the goals would come and yesterday the 30-year-old continued to show his importance to Arnett’s ambitions after coming off the bench to snatch an added time winner in a 1-0 win over Dunbeholden at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
The result not only put Arnett back level on 46 points with Cavalier at the top of the table, it also puts the veteran striker joint second on the goalscoring charts with Mount Pleasant’s Trevante Stewart, on 14 goals, and two behind leading scorer, Collin Anderson of Cavalier.
“It (win) was important because we are under a bit of pressure. This Arnett team is used to pressure but getting the victory only boosts us more as we know that we can win the league. We just need to work hard and push on to the end until we are successful,” Reid said.
Reid was on hand to turn home a ball that was headed back across the goal, and he is pleased to be playing such an important role in the team at this stage of his career.
“It feels good to know that at my age I am doing what I am doing and scoring goals. I am not seeking to be the top scorer but it’s coming. I am not thinking about myself, I am thinking of winning the cup and that is mine and the team’s aim,” he stated.
In what was an entertaining and attacking affair both teams played well and created good chances to score, with Dunbeholden seeing the better of the chances.
However, with time running out Reid was on the end of a set play to give his team three valuable points.
“It was very important because we have drawn level with Cavalier again,” coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis said. “Right now the league is getting interesting and I like that. But I think we can play better and find our peak again.”
Dunbeholden remain in eighth place on 32 points and assistant coach Craig Richards said they were unfortunate to be on the losing end but believes they are still in the running for the play-offs.
“We created the better chances and were unable to score. We are very disappointed but we have three games and are just three points outside the top six. So mathematically we have a chance. We just have to play the three games and see where it leads us,” he said.