Spotlight on Arnett, BT clash
Neighbours and arch-rivals Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town will meet for the second time in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this season, tomorrow at the Barbican Complex starting at 3 p.m.
In the not too distant past clashes between the two were highly charged but a lot of the sting has been taken out of the encounter in recent years.
Tomorrow, Arnett on 25 points and in sixth place will start strong favourites to defeat Boys' Town who are in the cellar position on 12 points.
In the first game, Arnett won 1-0 last November 16 at Barbican, the home venue for Boys' Town this season.
Despite, the disparity in points, a competitive game is anticipated.
Coach of Arnett Gardens Jerome 'Jerry' Waite says whilst the rivalry is not the same as in the past, he is still looking forward to a close encounter.
"Boys' Town had a lot of depth and determination in the past but now it is different as the players don't appear to know about the history between the clubs," Waite, who has guided Arnett to three national titles told STAR Sports.
"The surface at Barbican is not ideal for good football, but we are still looking forward to a competitive and entertaining game," the veteran coach added.
Arnett will look to players such as captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, goalkeeper Damian Hyatt, Renae Lloyd, Newton Sterling, Leon Strickland and Marvin Morgan to keep them in the top six.
Boys' Town have been struggling in the league for several years, mainly because they are unable to keep top players. Some of those players are currently in the Arnett set up, as well as representing other clubs. The former national champions are struggling in the 12-team RSPL with only three wins, three drawn encounters and 12 losses in 18 games.
Coming off a 3-0 defeat against Reno last Sunday, Boys' Town will have to dig deep to earn a positive result against Arnett.
The Andrew Price-coached Boys' Town will rely on the competition's leading marksman Shamar Nicholson who has scored nine goals, plus captain Michael Campbell, Daemion Benjamin and Garfield Gillespie.
In another game, of high interest, reigning champions and current leaders Montego Bay United will battle fourth placed Portmore United in a repeat of last year's final.
3 p.m. - Portmore United vs Montego Bay United at Prison Oval in Spanish Town
3 p.m. - UWI FC vs Harbour View at UWI Bowl, Mona
3 p.m. - Boys' Town vs Arnett Gardens at Barbican Complex
3 p.m. - Jamalco FC vs Tivoli Gardens at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon
3 p.m. - Waterhouse vs Reno FC at Drewsland Stadium
3 p.m. - Humble Lion vs Maverley-Hughenden at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon
MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
MBU 18 12 2 4 24 12 12 38
Tivoli Gardens 18 11 2 5 28 14 14 35
UWI FC 18 10 2 6 26 19 7 32
Portmore 18 9 5 4 16 13 3 32
Humble Lion 18 9 4 5 21 13 8 31
Arnett Gardens 18 7 4 7 24 22 2 25
Reno FC 18 5 6 7 15 19 -4 21
Mav-Hughenden 18 4 8 6 18 20 -2 20
Jamalco 18 6 2 10 18 23 -5 20
Harbour View 18 5 5 8 14 22 -8 20
Waterhouse 18 4 3 11 14 20 -6 15
Boys? Town 18 3 3 12 15 36 -21 12