Hot Rus­sell leads Ar­nett to easy win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

Len­nox Rus­sell (right) scores Ar­nett Gar­dens’ open­ing goal dur­ing the Red Stripe Pre­mier League foot­ball match against Ja­malco at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day. Ar­nett Gar­dens won 3-0. AR­NETT GAR­DENS FC con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive home record with a 3-0 win against new­com­ers Ja­malco FC in the Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL), at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

Len­nox Rus­sell opened the scor­ing for the home team in the 15th minute, while Fabian Reid (30th) and sub­sti­tute Marvin Mor­gan Jr (89th) net­ted the other goals.

It was a fourth home win for Ar­nett, three of which have come in the Jun­gle, as the venue was banned for the first two home games of the sea­son. Hence, Ar­nett played those games at Bar­bican.

Ar­nett pushed to 13 points, while Ja­malco re­mained on 10 points in the 12-team league.

Rus­sell, who was scor­ing his third goal in three con­sec­u­tive games, says hard work is pay­ing div­i­dends.

“It is just non-stop hard work that I have been putting in dur­ing train­ing that is now pay­ing off,” Rus­sell, who was re­placed in the clos­ing mo­ments of the game, told The Gleaner.

“I am look­ing to score about 15 or more goals for the sea­son. Some se­nior play­ers are not yet back with the team, so I have to con­tinue work­ing to re­main in the start­ing team,” the 22-yearold for­mer Char­lie Smith High Man­ning Cup star rea­soned.

“I know that Ar­nett have a lot of tal­ent in the squad, so I have grabbed my chance with both hands. The aim is to be more clin­i­cal in front of goal as I have missed a lot of chances,” said Rus­sell, who is Ar­nett’s lead­ing marks­man this sea­son

GOOD PLAY

“We are play­ing good, es­pe­cially at home. We lost two games on the road that we could have won, but for lack of fin­ish­ing.

“The team did great to­day in scor­ing three goals with­out giv­ing up any goal. We just have to con­tinue work­ing match by match in or­der to win the title again,” Rus­sell pointed out.

Ar­nett’s vet­eran coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite de­scribed Rus­sell as a good tal­ent.

“Rus­sell has scored in three con­sec­u­tive games. He is pretty much tal­ented, but needs to im­prove in some ar­eas of his play,” Waite said about the player he also coached at Char­lie Smith.

With re­gards to the game, Waite was sat­is­fied with the re­sult.

“We played in spurts, but it John­son said his team needs to start strong.

“In the last three games, we started flat, so we need more in­ten­sity. We had hoped to give Ar­nett a bet­ter fight, but it did not hap­pen. We got chances, but failed to cap­i­talise,” John­son said.

Mean­while, the Boys’ Town vs Tivoli Gar­dens game was not played be­cause of a wa­ter­logged sur­face at the Bar­bican Com­plex.

PRES­I­DENT OF the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell is not hav­ing an easy time at the mo­ment as op­po­si­tion to his pres­i­dency has come from within his own ranks.

The lat­est to open fire at the for­mer army man is one of his lieu­tenants who has bro­ken ranks and made it clear that he will no longer be march­ing to the tune of the cap­tain.

This re­bel­lious soldier, Danny Beck­ford, the long-time pres­i­dent of the St Ann Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, stated his po­si­tion to Cap­tain Bur­rell in a lan­guage more akin to the for­mer army man, who has been known to give ul­ti­ma­tums.

“Good day to you,” the let­ter, ti­tled ‘Red: JFF Mat­ters’, started. “Hav­ing been asked what is the opin­ion on the way for­ward for our foot­ball, the first move is for you as the pres­i­dent and your gen­eral sec­re­tary to leave the foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion ASAP so that the proper way for ad­min­is­ter­ing our foot­ball can now prop­erly move apace.”

The let­ter was ad­dressed to Cap­tain Bur­rell and copied the en­tire JFF board of di­rec­tors (BOD).

It con­tin­ued: “No longer must we sit and fol­low your sense of ad­min­is­ter­ing our foot­ball as this has led us to have re­gressed nearly twenty years as your vi­sion has wasted so much of Danny Beck­ford, St Ann Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

our re­sources in the fu­tile ef­fort to buy our way to World Cup Rus­sia 2018.

TOO MUCH DIS­RE­SPECT

“The level of dis­re­spect to Ja­maica’s foot­ball in all sec­tors, our lo­cal play­ers, our par­ish as­so­ci­a­tions, our foot­balling public, our spon­sors, our foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tors, has never been more acute, what will (with) our lack of re­sources to fund our lo­cal pro­grams and leagues, while giv­ing your stated ‘mes­siah’ Schäe­fer (Win­fried) so much of our re­sources for prac­ti­cally do­ing noth­ing.”

The let­ter con­tin­ued: “And hav­ing our ad­min­is­tra­tive arm, the BOD, rel­e­gated to rub­ber Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell, JFF pres­i­dent.

stamp­ing your flawed vi­sion of the nation’s foot­ball pro­gramme, while in­sti­tut­ing the di­vide-and-rule strat­egy by out­law­ing per­sons that dare to ques­tion your in­di­vid­ual de­ci­sions. There is so much that has gone wrong with our foot­ball, the end re­sults are tes­ti­mony to that, and the is­sue of you con­tin­u­ing as if Jack Warner or Jef­frey Webb still hav­ing in­flu­ence in foot­ball is show­ing your al­most to­tal dis­con­nect from to­day’s re­al­ity that is foot­ball in our nation.”

Beck­ford broke ranks in De­cem­ber by sup­port­ing Orville Pow­ell, who had moved

to chal­lenge Bur­rell for the lead­er­ship of the JFF.

The fi­nal para­graph sug­gests that Beck­ford is not the only dis­grun­tled soldier as he used the phrase “... now prompted OUR call for you step­ping away from OUR pro­gramme”.

It read: “We have never had it so good and be in a worst sit­u­a­tion, and the in­flux of English play­ers and Schäe­fer and your al­most in­sane vi­sion of our foot­ball pro­gramme has now prompted our call for your step­ping away from OUR pro­gramme. And there will be ef­forts to re­move you if not vol­un­tar­ily walk­ing away. It is im­per­a­tive to save our foot­ball from you and your afore­men­tioned flawed vi­sion of our sport. The ball is in your half.”

When con­tacted for a re­sponse, Bur­rell said it is not the first time that Beck­ford has be­haved in this man­ner and he will be dealt with by the JFF’s ex­ec­u­tive body.

“This is the sec­ond time this man has done that in weeks and al­most all the ex­ist­ing (JFF) mem­bers have writ­ten in and have dis­as­so­ci­ated them­selves,” said Bur­rell.

“My of­fi­cial re­sponse is that Mr Beck­ford will be dealt with by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, as more than 90 per cent (of ex­ec­u­tives) have ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure in the let­ter and they will deal with him at the next meet­ing,” the JFF pres­i­dent con­tin­ued.

When asked about the tim­ing of that de­lib­er­a­tion, Bur­rell in­formed that “I don’t have the date for that meet­ing right now”.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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