Jungle fever! - Arnett, MBU lock horns in Monday night feature

November 06, 2017
UWI's Kereen Manning (left) and Harbour View's Jerondy Henry battle for the ball during their Red Stripe Premier League football match at UWI Bowl yesterday. Harbour View won the game 1-0.

 

Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay United (MBU), two teams that have shared the last four Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) titles, will face off in an early season clash at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, tonight, starting at 8:35 p.m.

The hosts will look to maintain their unbeaten run against a MBU team that started the season in poor form but have done better in the last three games by getting seven out of a possible nine points.

Arnett Gardens coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite is expecting an explosive game between the teams.

"It's a game that is always tough and exciting. It is a Monday Night live game, so it should be end-to-end stuff," Waite told STAR Sports yesterday.

The 'Junglists' have started the season in fine form, having won four and drawn three encounters to be on top on 15 points from seven games.

"The pre-season will tell you where you are, so we are not surprised by the start. We had players that were away and came back late, but others have stepped up. Now, all the players are back so the team is competitive," added the coach, who have guided Arnett Gardens to four of five national titles won by the club.

 

UNBEATEN RUN

 

Arnett Gardens will look to Lennox Russell, who have scored five of his team's 16 goals, as well as captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Marvin Morgan Jnr., Fabian Reid, Rickardo Oldham and Renae Lloyd to maintain their unbeaten run.

Montego Bay United picked up only a point from their first four games, but have improved to move onto eight points from seven games.

MBU's American coach Roderick 'Rod' Underwood said that this clash is great for a Monday night fixture.

"The clash is great for a Monday night as it brings two great clubs together. They (Arnett) have been doing well since the season started, but we are picking up. At the end, we want some great football, which is what the country wants," Underwood reasoned.

MBU will rely on Odane Nash and Bahamian Lesley St Fleur, who have scored two goals apiece, as well as captain Dwayne Ambusley, John Barrett, Ladale Ritchie and Orlando McBayne for victory.

Meanwhile, in yesterday's action Harbour View edged the University of the West Indies (UWI) 1-0 at UWI Bowl, Mona, with Michael Lutas netting for the 'Stars of the East' in the 14th minute.

Harbour View pushed to 13 points, just two behind leaders Arnett Gardens (15), while UWI remained in second place on 14 points.

Yesterday's results

Boys' Town 1 Cavalier 1

FC Reno 3 Portmore United 0

Humble Lion 4 Sandals South Coast 0

UIW 0 Harbour View 1

Waterhouse 1 Tivoli 2

RSPL points standings

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arnett Gardens 7 4 3 0 16 5 11 15

UWI 8 4 2 2 11 8 3 14

Portmore 7 4 1 2 14 5 9 13

Harbour View 8 3 4 1 6 2 4 13

Tivoli Gardens 8 3 3 2 5 4 1 12

FC Reno 8 3 3 2 7 8 -1 12

Cavalier 8 3 2 3 8 6 2 11

MBU 7 2 2 3 6 8 -2 8

Humble Lion 8 2 2 4 9 12 -3 8

Waterhouse 8 1 4 3 6 13 -7 7

Boys' Town 7 1 3 3 5 9 -4 6

Sandals S C 8 0 3 5 4 16 -12 3

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