Cavalier thump Arnett 3-0 in JPL
REGGAE Boy Dwayne Atkinson made a successful return to the Wray & Nephew Jamaica Premier League by leading Cavalier to a 3-0 win over Arnett Gardens at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday.
Atkinson, who recently returned from his stint at ÃBV in Iceland, made an immediate impact as his in-swinging corner found the head of Captain Kyle Ming, who put Cavalier in front.
The 21-year-old then got in on the action in the 20th minute when he slotted home comfortably after a neat passing move to put Cavalier two ahead.
Arnett found chances hard to come by but got a great opportunity in the 44th minute, though Warner Brown’s strike was foiled by Cavalier goalkeeper Jeadine White.
The “Junglists” found a bit more purpose in the second half and Rushike Nelson’s volley almost pulled one back in the 59th minute, but White saved again.
Arnett were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area in the 71st minute but Nelson’s effort found the woodwork.
However, their hopes were dashed in the 78th minute when defender Roshawn Amos was sent off for an elbow on Jalmaro Calvin.
Shaniel Thomas would then add further misery as he smashed home to make it three, just in the first minute of stoppage time, to seal the victory for Cavalier.
Despite his two goal involvements Atkinson believed he could have played better.
“My performance wasn’t high enough because I’ve been away for three months; and [today] I could have done much better [but didn’t], because I was unfit and injured,” he said. “Now, I’m training and try[ing] to build back my fitness and get more goals and assists for the team and help them.”
However, Cavalier Technical Director Rudolph Speid had high praises for Atkinson for making an immediate impact.
“Atkinson was the best player in the league before he left and went off to Iceland so it’s good that he’s returned and stamped his authority right away,” Speid said. “It gives us some more options and we’re able to rest Shaniel and Jalmaro who carried the brunt of the attack from August, so it’s a big help.”
Cavalier now move into fourth place on 24 points, overtaking Arnett who also have 24 points but have an inferior goal difference.
In the other game on Sunday, Harbour View picked up just their second win of the season, beating hosts Treasure Beach 2-0 at STETHS. The Stars of the East left it late with two stoppage-time goals from Jahshaun Anglin and Shaqueil Bradford.
Harbour View remain in 11th but move to 12 points while Treasure Beach remain in the relegation zone in 13th with seven points.