KINGSTON, Jamaica— Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, a former national striker and now Technical Director of Arnett Gardens, has seen it all and as such is not carried away by his team’s failure to gain an advantage over Harbour View in the first leg of their Jamaica Premier League quarterfinals on Monday.
A sub-par performance from his team was rescued by Marlon Allen, who produced a late equalizer which left the tie at 1-1 and finely balanced ahead of Thursday’s return leg.
For Davis it was clear what led to the result in the first leg.
“Tonight, was a football game of two halves,” he said after the game. “I think we came out first half a little bit lacklustre and Harbour View were sharper to the ball, more than us. In the second half it was a totally different ball game. It was our game to win in the second half,” he stated.
Arnett’s main attacking player this season, Renaldo Cephas, secured a transfer overseas just days before the end of the regular season and it was clearly evident that he was missed against Harbour View on Monday.
“With Cephas out it is a different ball game, and we have to adjust. The pace would have been much better, but now we have to play as a team to get the football together,” Davis admitted.
“Everybody defends as one (and) attack as one, so it’s going to take a little while to adjust,” he continued.
When asked what his expectations were for the return leg, there was no doubt from the Arnett Gardens head honcho.
“We are going to win this one. We are going to beat them,” he said with absolute confidence.
Marlon Allen hit his 10th goal of the season, to leave the tie on a knife’s edge and Davis is delighted that the youngster has shown the bravado of a seasoned campaigner.
“He says he wants the Golden Boot and if he has the mentality like that, where he can take up the mantle from Cephas and Arbouine, then we are on our way.
“It’s his first time in the premier league and he has stepped up and it’s good to see that,” Davis said.
Arnett were way off their best on Monday and Davis has promised a much better performance when the two teams next meet.
“Definitely you can look for a stronger performance. It’s lose and go home. We made a lot of errors, giving away the ball too much to this Harbour View team, so they put pressure on us. I think the second half, when we started putting the pressure on them, they started giving us the football.
“We have to minimize the mistakes and the errors,” he suggested.
While Arnett started the playoffs against Harbour View as favourites, the evidence of what was seen on Monday suggests that it will be a lot tighter in the return leg on Thursday which begins at 7:30 pm at Sabina Park.
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