Ster­ling earns point for Ar­nett

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

NEW­TON STER­LING’S 85thminute strike saved Ar­nett Gar­dens from a third suc­ces­sive de­feat in the Red Stripe Premier League at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day. The 2014-2015 cham­pi­ons, who were still smart­ing from back-to-back 2-0 de­feats to cham­pion Mon­tego Bay, were 1-0 down to Reno at the Tony Spauld­ing Com­plex on Jashane Fos­ter’s 16th-minute penalty. Ster­ling, who came into the game 15 min­utes from the end, to loud protests from fans, si­lenced his crit­ics with a tow­er­ing header in the 85th minute and gave the hosts their first point in three out­ings. The 32-year-old striker was not dis­tracted by the fans’ protests. He told The Gleaner that he has been rep­re­sent­ing Ar­nett for ten sea­sons now and he has never fo­cused on the fans as he is just do­ing his job.

“To be hon­est, I don’t have a re­ac­tion to­wards it (fans) be­cause it’s my job to score goals. I am sorry I couldn’t get two. But what spec­ta­tors say does not mat­ter to me be­cause you have some say­ing Ster­ling must play and you have oth­ers say­ing no, so it’s nei­ther here nor there for me. I am just do­ing my job,” he said.

How­ever, he was pleased to help stop the team’s two-game slide.

DIF­FER­ENCES TO BE SEEN SOON

“We couldn’t af­ford to get an­other one (de­feat) to­day. The two de­feats were rough. We had a draw to­day, so that was a pos­i­tive. Hope­fully, we can build on this. We had some is­sues that took a toll on the team, but we should have a full week, and you should see some dif­fer­ences in the Tivoli game next Sun­day,” he added.

Reno went ahead af­ter 16 min­utes when goal­keeper Damion Hy­att cut down Afiba Cham­bers in the box and Fos­ter dis­patched the penalty.

Af­ter the break, Ar­nett pinned their op­po­nents in­side their half, but wasted good chances to score. Ster­ling’s im­pact was im­me­di­ate when he came on as he nearly set up Ranike An­der­son and then headed a cross just wide. But five min­utes from time, there was noth­ing Reno could do when the big striker climbed above the de­fence to head home Lloyd’s cross.

Ar­nett’s coach Jerome Waite said the sit­u­a­tion was best suited for Ster­ling to come in when he did.

“Sup­port­ers are go­ing to have their say be­cause they are coaches from the stands, but based on how the game was go­ing, we thought that Ster­ling’s six feet four inches height would make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Mean­while, UWI (26) beat Water­house (11) 1-0 to move to the top of the league again, ahead of last night’s late game be­tween Har­bour View and Mon­tego Bay United.

Ja­malco (13) picked up their first win in nine matches with a 2-1 win over Maver­leyHugh­en­den (13). Tivoli (23) climbed two places to third af­ter a 4-0 ham­mer­ing of Boys’ Town (7), who re­mained at the bot­tom. The game be­tween Humble Lion (21) and Port­more (21) was blown off at half-time be­cause of a wa­ter­logged field.

New­ton Ster­ling

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