Crucial 'Garden' battle for mid-table clubs

December 03, 2016
Ramone Plummer of Jamalco (left) and Shawn McKoy of Arnett Gardens both go for the ball in their Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Tony spaulding Sports Complex on October 23. Arnett won the game 3-0.
Tivoli Gardens' Jermaine Johnson (right) and Ricardo Campbell of Humble Lion go against each other in the Red Stripe Premier League match-up between both teams held at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in Kingston on November 16. Tivoli won 1-0.
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It will be another chapter in the battle of the Gardens when Tivoli host Arnett at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in the Red Stripe Premier League tomorrow, starting at 3 p.m.

Whenever both teams meet, there is always loads of excitement, and the same is expected again. In the first round, a month ago, Tivoli finished with nine players and held Arnett in a 0-0 draw.

Tivoli are currently in fourth position on 23 points, while Arnett trails in sixth on 19 points, so a win is critical for both teams in the hunt to stay in the top six for qualification to the play-off next April.

Omar Edwards, coach of Tivoli, is looking forward to another tough battle against his fierce rivals.

"It will be a whole new game on Sunday. We went down to nine players on the last occasion against Arnett and came away with a point. We will be at home, and we always play to get three points there," Edwards, who took over as head coach during the summer, told STAR Sports yesterday.

Tivoli has scored 19 goals, the most by any club this season and the coach is happy for that.

"We are scoring goals, and that is a plus. The team is at full strength, so as long as we execute the plan, we should be OK," Edwards concluded.

Tivoli will look to top striker Elton Thompson and former Reggae Boy Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson to continue their form. The backline will be marshalled by captain Romaine Breakenridge, who was red-carded in the first fixture on November 6 at the Anthony Spaulding Complex.

Meanwhile, Arnett's veteran coach Jerome Waite says it is always a big game between the teams.

"It is always a rivalry when the teams clash as it brings out the best in the players," Waite said.

"In the first game, Tivoli went down to nine players and came away with a point mainly due to some fine saves by their goalkeeper, ,Edsel Scott," he added.

"I am expecting another mouth-watering game on Sunday. However, we will definitely be going there for three points to remain in the top six, but we hope to improve on the offensive end by scoring more goals," Waite said.

Arnett will rely on national senior team defender Dicoy Williams, captain Oneil Thompson, Marvin Morgan Jnr, Newton Sterling, and Kemal Malcolm to ambush Tivoli.

In another game of high interest, leaders Montego Bay United will be hoping for revenge when they face the unpredictable Maverley-Hughenden at WesPow Park. In the first round, Maverley surprised MBU 2-1 at the same venue.

 

Tomorrow's games

 

3 p.m. FC Reno vs Harbour View at Frome Complex, Westmoreland

3 p.m. Waterhouse vs Boys' Town at Drewsland Stadium

3 p.m. Portmore United vs UWI FC at Prison Oval, Spanish Town

3 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex

3 p.m. Jamalco vs Humble Lion at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Clarendon

3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Maverley-Hughenden at Wes Pow Park, St James

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