Senior stars to shine in Arnett, Tivoli 'Jungle' clash

September 30, 2017
@Normal:Portmore United's Kareen Manning (left) and Tivoli Gardens' Jermaine Parris battle in their Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Complex last season.
@Normal:File<\n>Tivoli Gardens' ace forward Jermaine Johnson scoring his team's second goal during the Red Stripe Premier League encounter against Portmore United at the Edward Seaga Complex last season.
Dasha Satchwell (right) of Arnett Gardens moving away from Shawn Genus (Reno FC) in a Premier League encounter at the STETHS Sports Complex in Santa Cruz earlier this year.

Whenever long-time rivals Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens meet there is usually explosive action. End to end stuff. The same is expected in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clash tomorrow at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town. Match time is 6 p.m.

The game was originally slated for Tivoli's Edward Seaga Sports Complex but shifted to the 'Jungle' because the west Kingston field went under rehabilitation during the summer and is not ready.

However, with the Arnett venue able to hold more supporters, it is expected to be jam-packed.

Reigning champions Arnett Gardens started the season with a 3-1 win against newcomers Sandals South Coast last Monday night at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Long-serving Arnett Gardens head coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite is expecting another tough encounter, but put his trust in Lennox Russell, who scored twice in the opener and Geovanni Samuda, who netted the other goal.

"Tivoli always come up with their 'A' game when they play Arnett. We all know they are a tough opponent. We expect a good game," Waite told STAR Sports yesterday.

"I'm impressed with young attacker Samuda who came on as a second-half substitute and scored. He is coming over from Rockfort and working hard. Russell scored two penalty kicks, and we hope to continue working hard as a team," he said.

Arnett will also look to senior players such as national representatives Marvin Morgan, Fabian Reid and Vishinul Harris to lead the Junglists to another humane victory.

Tivoli Gardens gave up home advantage but certainly hold no fear playing in the 'Jungle'.

"We did not get off to a good start in the first game as we lost away to Reno. We wanted a positive result in the first game, but that did not happen," coach of Tivoli Gardens Omar Edwards said.

"We are going up against Arnett and that has always been a tough challenge, and we expect another tough game playing in their backyard,' he said.

Tivoli Gardens will hunt victory through veteran and national player Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson, the 21-year-old midfielder Howard Morris, defender and captain Romaine Breakenridge, and goalkeeper Davioan Watkins.

Tomorrow's games

• 3:30 p.m. - Cavalier vs Harbour View at Stadium East

• 3:30 p.m. - Humble Lion vs UWI at Effortville Community Centre, Clarendon

• 3:30 p.m. - Sandals South Coast vs Portmore United at Frome Complex, Westmoreland

• 3:30 p.m. - Waterhouse vs FC Reno at Drewsland Stadium

• 3:30 p.m. - Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

Monday's game

• 8:35 p.m. - Montego Bay United vs Boys' Town at Montego Bay Sports Complex, St James


Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arnett Gardens 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3

Humble Lion 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3

FC Reno 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3

Portmore 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3

Harbour View 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

MBU 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

UWI 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

Waterhouse 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

Boys' Town 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Cavalier 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Tivoli Gardens 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Sandals S C 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0

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