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Arnett on 'target'

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

Arnett Gardens' rebuilding project seems to be on track as one of their future stars came off the bench to score twice and hand the 'Junglists' a 2-0 win over the relegated Reno on Sunday in the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Andrew Allen, a Charlie Smith schoolboy, opened the scoring and his Premier League account with a well-taken strike in the 65th minute after replacing Vanado Manning; and doubled both in the 88th minute when he fired home the rebound from his own penalty miss.

The victory marked Arnett Gardens' third consecutive victory in the fourth round of the competition and pushed them up to seventh spot with 51 points.

"The plan coming into this game was to win. In fact, we set ourselves the target of winning all five games in this round and we are on track to doing that," a pleased Paul 'Tegat' Davis, Arnett's coach, said.

"As you can see right now the aim is rebuilding Arnett Gardens and giving the youngsters game after game towards the end of the season and they have been doing well," Davis said, adding that the youngsters are good especially in midfield, but that a number of good forwards and defenders will have to be found.

While he did not lead his team to a victory, Linval Wilson, assistant coach of Reno Football Club, was pleased with the performance of his players.

"I am proud of them and I think we did well," Wilson said of the youthful players who lined up against Arnett Gardens.

"These (young) players understand where the club is coming from. I think we really should have gone to the younger players earlier. We should have brought them to the forefront earlier as you can see from their display today.

"They came out and fought. They gave a gutsy performance. It should not have been 2-0 based on how we played. We should have given a better account of ourselves by scoring a goal," added Wilson.

Wilson also expressed the view that Reno, which are now firmly placed at the bottom of the table with 26 points, two less than Village United which defeated Sporting Central, will bounce back to top-flight football soon.

"It (the relegation) means a lot to us. Reno have the richest history in football in Jamaica. This relegation dampens the progress of the team right now, but we will be back," he said defiantly.

SUMMARY of Red Stripe Premier League football matches played on Sunday:

Village United 2 Sporting Central Academy 0 at Elliston Wakeland Centre

GOALS: Village - Shavar Campbell 42nd, Romando Anderson 73rd

Tivoli Gardens 1 Boys' Town 2 at Edward Seaga Sports Complex

GOALS: Tivoli - Paul Garricks 89th; Boys' Town - Richard Clarke 26th, Marvin Stewart 81st

Arnett Gardens 2 Reno 0 at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

GOALS: Arnett - Andrew Allen 65th, 88th pen.

Waterhouse 2 Harbour View 0 at Drewsland Stadium

GOALS: Waterhouse - Jermaine Anderson 87th, Vincent Earle 90+3

Montego Bay United 0 Highgate United 1 at Montego Bay Sports Complex

GOAL: Highgate - Roberto Fletcher 90+3

Next fixtures - Sunday, April 29, 2012 Round 37

Group A (Teams Ranked 1-6)

3:30 p.m. Boys' Town vs Portmore United at Collie Smith Drive

6 p.m. Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens at Drewsland Stadium

3:30 p.m. Humble Lion vs Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre

Group B (Teams Ranked 7-12)

6 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Montego Bay Sports Complex

3:30 p.m. Sporting Central Academy vs Reno at Brancourt

3:30 p.m. Village United vs Highgate United at Elliston Wakeland Centre

Monday night's match to be decided.

Standings

Group A (Teams Ranked 1-6)

Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portmore 35 19 9 7 46 31 15 66
Boys' Town 36 16 12 8 39 33 6 60
Waterhouse 36 16 10 10 41 31 10 58
Humble Lion 35 14 12 9 38 29 9 54
Tivoli Gdns 36 13 13 10 40 32 8 52
H View 36 11 17 8 33 29 4 50

Group B (Teams Ranked 7-12)

Arnett Gdns 36 14 9 13 39 37 2 51
MoBay Utd 36 13 11 12 44 33 11 50
Sporting 36 10 12 14 28 40 -12 42
Highgate 36 9 12 15 28 40 -12 39
Village Utd 36 6 10 20 25 43 -18 28
Reno 36 5 11 20 22 45 -23 26