MoBay United take advantage to Arnett Gardens
Coach of Arnett Gardens FC, Jerome Waite said his team need to move on from the first-leg loss to Montego Bay United FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals and focus on the second-leg tie tomorrow at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m.
Arnett must overturn a 2-1 loss to Montego Bay last Monday in order to continue the hunt for back-to-back hold on the national league title. A costly error by Arnett's goalkeeper, Peter Harrison, handed the MoBay team their first win against their opponents this season in four games.
With the scores tied at 1-1, Harrison failed to collect a cross and Ronaldo Rodney was gifted a goal. Owayne Gordon put the home side ahead but that was cancelled by Michaelous Martin of Arnett.
Now the MoBay team are in pole position for a spot in the final.
"We have to move past what happened and focus on the next game," said Waite, who guided Arnett to three of their four national titles.
"We have a few days to continue the workload and then take it from there. The main objective is to continue creating chances," he also said.
Waite indicated that there could be changes to the team that started in the Second City six days ago.
"We will make adjustments to the team for the next game," he said.
Arnett need to win by at least two clear goals to take the tie on aggregate. MoBay must avoid defeat to move on to the final. A tie on aggregate at the completion of regular and extra time would see the semi-final decided on penalty kicks.
The Arnett team will rely on their leading marksman, Kemal 'Tull' Malcolm, on 12 goals, in addition to national senior team squad member, Vishinul Harris, captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson and veteran Leon Strickland for victory.
The Paul 'Tegat' Davis-coached Montego Bay must be oozing confidence heading into the game. The club's brand manager, Javae Munroe said his team is expecting a difficult game.
"Right now, a one-goal lead is not much, so we are expecting a much harder game from the Arnett team," Munroe informed.
With regards to the competition's leading scorer, Owayne 'Turtle' Gordon, on 20 goals, continuing to lead upfront, the brand manager pointed out that he (Gordon) has stepped up since being the main striker.
"Owayne is a team player. He loves the club and loves football. However, everybody in the team is ready to continue the challenge for the title," Munroe added.
"These are two excellent teams that know each other and driven and hungry for success, so it should be another exciting encounter," he also said.
Gordon should get good support from Cory Hylton, Allan Ottey and Keniel Kirlew, among others, to ensure that the team leaves with a positive result.
Montego Bay will be without Dino Williams, Ronaldo Rodney and Cordel Simpson for the second leg tie.
Meanwhile, the second semi-final will be played on Monday night between Portmore United and Humble Lion, starting at 8:40 p.m., also at the Anthony Spaulding Complex.
Humble Lion lead 2-1 from the first-leg result.