Trench Town derby! Arnett, Boys' Town fireworks
NEITHER Arnett Gardens nor Boys' Town have won in their last two Premier League games, setting up what should be a big clash at the Anthony Spaulding Complex tonight, starting at 8:30.
Reigning champions Arnett's last league win came against Tivoli Gardens, 1-0, three weeks ago. Boys' Town tasted their only win in four games, the same day, against Montego Bay United.
Arnett are unbeaten with two wins and two drawn encounters on eight points in third place. Boys' Town have one win, one drawn game and two losses, four points, in sixth position.
The Collie Smith Drive teams have enjoyed fierce rivalry over the years. Tonight's derby in the 'Jungle' is expected to once again be hot and competitive.
Coach of Boys' Town, Andrew Price, told STAR Sports several of his players who missed the 0-0 draw against Reno will be in the team tonight. Expected to feature are national midfielder Jamiel Hardware along with veterans Daemion Benjamin and Xavian Virgo.
"It is a Trench Town derby, so it will be electrifying. It is going to be exciting and competitive," Price pointed out yesterday morning. The game will be emotional. Players have represented both clubs.
"We will be playing away from home, but hunting three points. Several players, including Hardware, Virgo and Benjamin, will be back after missing the Reno game due to injuries," Price added.
Boys' Town will also rely on veteran defender Wayne Ellis, midfielder Garfield Gillespie and Rafeik Thomas to come away with maximum points.
Meanwhile, long-serving Arnett head coach, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite, said it was an important game for his team to win for them to stay in touch with the early leaders.
"It is a very important game for Arnett. We are in third position in the league and need to stay close to the leaders," Waite said.
"This rivalry between both clubs on Collie Smith Drive go back to the 1977 national league final that Arnett won (1-0) in the National Stadium. I am expecting another jam-packed game. It will be a competitive encounter," said Waite, who is also a Reggae Boyz assistant coach.
Arnett will rely on captain and central defender Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, a former Boys' Town skipper, as well as another former 'Red Brigade' star, Marvin 'Mr Man' Morgan, Vishinul Harris and Lennox Russell, their leading scorer this season on three goals.
Cavalier 0 Tivoli Gardens 1
Reno 0 UWI 0
Harbour View 0 Waterhouse 0
MoBay United 3 Sandals South Coast 1
Portmore 3 Humble Lion 0