Arnett steal march on tough SCA
Arnett.................2 (Ramsay 46th, Harris 64th, Sporting................1 (Williams 33rd)
THE first 18 minutes of a pungent second half 'rumble in the Jungle' carried Arnett Gardens to a fighting 2-1 come-from-behind win against Sporting Central in their RSPL match at Anthony Spaulding Sport Complex on Sunday.
The victory moved Arnett atop the standings with Harbour View and Sporting on 16 point, with Harbour View ahead on goal difference and SCA second.
Going to the break from a goal down, Arnett Gardens returned an aggressive aggregation with goalscoring in the make up. Then a crucial moment of inspired play seconds after the restart brought them the leveller.
Skipper Kirk Ramsay, lurking on the edge of the six-yard box, moved swiftly and met a well-weighted cross with a sharp glancing header out of the reach of goalkeeper Sanchez Lloyd, which was met with rapturous delight from both teammates and supporters.
It was the type of start Arnett wanted following their half-time team talk in which they revamped their approach to play more attacking football.
After drawing level, they did not stop there, but continued to press for more goals. Ten minutes later they were rewarded when Vishinul Harris chested home another dangerous floating ball in the area to put the 'Junglists' ahead.
While the first half belonged to Sporting Central' in which they scored through Levaughan Williams 12 minutes before the interval, the second by and large belonged to Arnett Gardens, who made better use of the chances that came their way.
Paul 'Tegat' Davis of Arnett said he was "pleased with the manner in which Arnett Gardens played, especially the second half. This is how I want them to play, with this positive approach an... I want us to continue winning at home".
His opposite number. Nigel Stewart. said he was pleased with the effort Sporting showed, but "disappointed that we did not make better use of the goalscoring chances that came our way".
Arnett — Damion Hyatt, Gerald Neal, Odaine Simpson, Jason Moore, Leon Strickland, Lamar Nelson (Jonathan Williams 78th), Vishinul Harris, Kirk Ramsay (Elton Thompson 88th), Ricardo Smith, Marcelino Blackburn, Newton Sterling (Rohan Reid 45th +)
Subs not used: J Johnson,O Dixon, Fabian Reid, V Manning
Booked: Moore 54th, Harris, 66th
Sporting — Sanchez Lloyd, Owen Gordon (Oneil Rose 70th), Camaal Reid, Christopher Banner, Dale Watson, Dwayne Campbell (Jamoly Powell 70th), Francios Swaby (Dwight Dunk 85th), Gregory Lewis, Levaughan Williams, Linval Lewis
Subs not used: A McLean, G Eastwood, S Lovelace, L Whyte
Booked: Lewis 2nd
Referee: Wilverglen Lamey
Assistants: Lloyd Reader, Oyinco McTaggart
Fourth Official: Karl Tyrel
Match Commissary: Ainsley Sharpe