Junglists seek to extend home record
Arnett Gardens FC will look to maintain their impressive home-turf record when they welcome fierce rivals Tivoli Gardens FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town tomorrow. Match time is 3 p.m.
Whenever both teams meet it is usually an epic battle filled with drama. That is highly anticipated again so spectators should brace for a rough game.
Arnett are currently in fourth position on 14 points, while Tivoli are a point (13) behind in fifth. Both teams have played eight games apiece in the preliminary stage of the 12-team competition.
Coach of Arnett Gardens Jerome Waite said that the plan for the season is to remain unbeaten in the 'Jungle'. Arnett have picked up 13 points in five home games and only one point in three away games this season.
"One of the things we look forward to this season is to stay unbeaten at home. This game is one of the biggest rivalry clash in Jamaica. It is always a rumble in the Jungle between the teams," Waite told STAR Sports yesterday.
"The team has not trained since last Monday, and this will affect us mentally and physically, but it is a game that we always want to win. We will work on some things in training tomorrow morning," the veteran coach disclosed.
Arnett will rely on players such as captain Oneil Thompson, national defender Dicoy Williams, Kemal Malcolm, Lennox Russell, among others, to continue their impressive home run.
Meanwhile, Tivoli Gardens started the season slow but have picked up and are in good form. Unlike Arnett, Tivoli have earned most of their points on the road. In four home games, they have won three games and lost once.
"The team seems to be a lot more focused. We have been kicking and scoring goals. They are now more united in their effort and that has made a difference," Tivoli's new coach Omar Edwards said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.
"It's a big clash on Sunday, one which the players are really looking forward to. They need little motivation for a game against Arnett," he also said.
Tivoli will look to players such as captain Romaine Breakenridge, former Reggae Boy Jermaine Johnson, new recruit Tevin Shaw and veteran goalkeeper Edsel Scott to ambush Arnett in the Jungle.
In another game of high interest, the University of the West Indies FC, who are leaders on 20 points, will travel from Kingston to Montego Bay to face reigning champions Montego Bay United, who are in sixth place on 13 points.
3 p.m. Humble Lion FC vs Maverley-Hughenden FC at Effortville Community Centre, Clarendon
3 p.m. Portmore United FC vs Waterhouse at Prison Oval Complex in Spanish Town
3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs UWI FC at Wes Pow Park, Montego Bay in St James
3 p.m. FC Reno vs Boys' Town at Frome Sports Complex in Westmoreland
3 p.m. Arnett Gardens FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC at Anthony Spaulding Complex
7 p.m. Harbour View FC vs Jamalco FC at Harbour View Stadium
RSPL Points table
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
UWI 9 6 2 1 13 7 6 20
Humble Lion 9 5 2 2 10 6 4 17
Portmore 9 4 3 2 9 8 1 15
Arnett Gardens 8 4 2 2 12 7 5 14
Tivoli Gardens 8 4 1 3 11 8 3 13
MBU 8 4 1 3 9 7 2 13
Jamalco 9 3 1 5 12 12 0 10
Maverley-Hughenden 9 1 7 1 11 11 0 10
Waterhouse 9 3 1 5 9 11 -2 10
FCReno 9 2 4 3 5 9 -4 10
Harbour View 9 1 23 5 5 12 -7 6
Boys' Town 8 1 1 6 6 16 -10 4