Ar­nett re­bound with 3-1 win over new­com­ers Dun­be­holden

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - — Sher­don Cowan

Dun­be­holden FC

Gayle (90+2)

Ar­nett Gar­dens 3 Reid (20th, 80th), Mor­gan (45th) 1

AFTER be­ing held to two con­sec­u­tive stale­mates, for­mer cham­pi­ons Ar­nett Gar­dens re­turned to win­ning ways in fine fash­ion as they got by Dun­be­holden FC 3-1 in the Red Stripe Pre­mier League en­counter at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval yes­ter­day.

It was a more clin­i­cal dis­play from the “Junglists” who were led by a brace from Fabian Reid (20th and 80th min­utes), while Cap­tain Marvin Mor­gan (45th) got the other be­fore be­ing forced off the field with an in­jury.

Ke­mone Gayle grabbed a con­so­la­tion for Dun­be­holden FC in 90+2 min­utes.

With the win, Ar­nett Gar­dens re­gained their po­si­tion in the top half of the ta­ble, jump­ing to fourth on 14 points, while the pro­moted Dun­be­holden FC have slipped to the foot of the 12-team stand­ing on seven points.

Win­ning coach Eu­gene Wil­liams, stand­ing in for Head Coach Jerome Waite who is away on na­tional du­ties, wel­comed the turn around.

“I am very pleased that we won to­day (yes­ter­day)... we def­i­nitely needed this be­cause we played a beau­ti­ful game on Mon­day night and had to set­tle for a draw, so to­day’s per­for­mance was ba­si­cally a carry over from that game and I am happy that we got some goals to­day,” Wil­liams told the Ja­maica Ob­server in a postgame in­ter­view.

De­spite be­ing forced into two sub­sti­tu­tions due to in­jury, Wil­liams is not too con­cerned, point­ing out that they have “good re­place­ments” wait­ing in the wings.

Vish­inul Har­ris, who was in­tro­duced in the 74th minute, had to be re­placed 10 min­utes later with a ham­string nig­gle.

M e a n w h i l e , A n d r e w Fraser, as­sis­tant coach at Dun­be­holden, is bank­ing on his team to bounce back and pluck them­selves from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“Ob­vi­ously we are dis­ap­pointed be­cause you never like to lose at home, but such is the na­ture of the game,” he said.

It was not the best of start from the teams as they lacked con­vic­tion in the early ex­changes, but Ar­nett Gar­dens started to show some en­ter­prise as the game pro­gressed and later found the go-ahead goal when Reid slot­ted home.

Ar­nett Gar­dens con­tin­ued to dic­tate terms and en­joyed a sus­tained spell of pres­sure well past the hour mark, but failed to add to their tally at that point.

They even­tu­ally ex­tended the lead on the stroke of half-time when Mor­gan, who was left un­marked at the far post, headed home a weighted cross from Rickardo Old­ham to put Ar­nett Gar­dens 2-0 up at the break.

Un­like what they did in the first half, Ar­nett Gar­dens wasted lit­tle time in press­ing Dun­be­holden on the re­sump­tion, but failed to take full ad­van­tage of their dom­i­nance in pos­ses­sion and had to wait un­til the 80th minute to push fur­ther ahead.

A goal­keep­ing er­ror on the part of Dun­be­holden’s Gio­vanni Smith al­lowed Ar­nett Gar­dens a quick throw-in which Reid re­ceived, then skipped a de­fender and fired home.

But Dun­be­holden re­fused to throw in the towel and found a con­so­la­tion in time added when Gayle’s 25-yard free kick de­flected off Ranike An­der­son and lodged into the top right hand cor­ner of the goal, leav­ing cus­to­dian Damion Hy­att flat-footed.


Dun­be­holden FC — Gio­vanni Smith, De­morly Oliver, Shaque­lle Dyer, Sha­van James, Ke­mar Shaw (Craig Gayle 66th), Nathaniel Les­lie, Sa­mar Rowe, Graeme Green (Dwayne Smith 58th), Richard Orette, Dean­dre Thomas(anil Fer­gu­son 77th), Kemo Gayle.

Subs not used: Eric Ed­wards, Lorenzo Du­bidad, Clayon Pusey, Kevin Reid

Booked: Oliver (50th), Les­lie (59th)

Ar­nett Gar­dens — Damion Hy­att, Ra­mone Mcgre­gor, Jabeur John­son, Ranike An­der­son, Ta­mar Ed­wards, Marvin Mor­gan (Za­mario Sin­clair 46th), Fabian Reid, Steve Clarke (Vish­inul Har­ris 74th (La­mar Nel­son 84th), Rickardo Old­ham, Jamiel Hard­ware, La­mard Neil. Subs not used: Mikhail Har­ri­son, Ja­mar Martin, Ke­mar Phillpotts, Zhe­lano Barnes Booked: Mcgre­gor (15th) Ref­eree: Odette Hamil­ton As­sis­tant Ref­er­ees: Jer­maine Yee Sing, Rick­ton Archer Fourth Of­fi­cial: Kasa Plum­mer Match Com­mis­sary: An­drew Payne

(Photo: Naph­tali Ju­nior)

Ar­nett Gar­dens’ Ra­mone Mcgre­gor (back) chal­lenges Dun­be­holden’s Anil Fer­gu­son dur­ing their Red Stripe Pre­mier League match at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval yes­ter­day.

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