Strong winds take toll on Highgate, Arnett
Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer
BUFF BAY, Portland:
Windy conditions at Lynch Park affected the game plan of Highgate United and Arnett Gardens, whose Red Stripe Premier League encounter ended nil-all on Sunday.
Highgate's coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, was pleased with the improved performance by his team following their 1-0 loss to Humble Lion on March 4.
"We played really well," he said. "I believe we won the 50-50 balls and the guys ran their heart out. Yes, the wind really affected both teams and I am happy with a share of the points."
Maxwell added: "I think the team is settling down now and given time, they will return to winning ways. I am with them for more than a week now and already I am seeing the improvement."
The first half saw both teams playing a cat-and-mouse game, but midway the half, Arnett started to put their attacks together through Richardo Smith, Leon Strickland, Kirk Ramsay and Lamar Nelson. However, Highgate defended stoutly with Kevin Williams, Anthowe Dawkins and Barrington James holding the fort.
The best chance of the entire game came in the 52nd minute when Nelson took a scorching free kick from 25 yards, which was struck low and hard to the left of Highgate's goalkeeper Ralston Robinson, who dived full stretch to his left to make a marvellous save.
Arnett's coach, Paul 'Tegat' Davis, was happy with the one point, but lamented the fact that his team has been dropping points at regular intervals.
"It was a very good contest," he said. "It was never going to be easy coming down here to play Highgate and the wind affected our game plan."
Summary of 29th round matches played in the Red Stripe Premier League
Portmore United 2, Boys' Town 4 at Ferdie Neita Park GOALS: Portmore - Rosario Harriott 77th, 82nd; Boys' Town - Michael Campbell - 14th, 68th, 89th, Renae Lloyd 86th
Harbour View 1, Waterhouse 1 at Harbour View Stadium GOALS: Harbour View - Jermaine Hue (60th penalty); Waterhouse - Jermaine Anderson 75th (penalty).
Humble Lion 1, Reno 0 at Effortville Community Centre GOAL: Humble Lion - Omando McLeod 56th
Village United 0, Tivoli Gardens 0 at Elliston Wakeland Community Centre
Sporting Central Academy 1, Montego Bay United 0 at Brancourt GOAL: Sporting Central - Jamoly Powell 77th.
Highgate United 0 Arnett Gardens 0 at Lynch Park
Sunday, March 18 (Round 30)
6 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion at Catherine Hall Stadium
3:30 p.m. Boys' Town vs Village United at Collie Smith Drive
6 p.m. Waterhouse vs Portmore United at Waterhouse Stadium
3:30 p.m. Reno vs Highgate United at Frome Sports Complex
6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Harbour View at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
Monday Night Football March 19
9 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Sporting Central Academy at Edward Seaga Sports Complex