Defending RSPL champions, Arnett Gardens, behind the eight ball

By April 16, 2018

Arnett Gardens are down a goal but will be depending on their championship pedigree to pull them out of a 10-game winless streak and into the Red Stripe Premier League final where Portmore United awaits the winner of their match-up against Waterhouse.

Waterhouse go to the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex with a 1-0 lead and a brilliant run of form.

That goal came from Tremaine Stewart, a blotch that Arnett must first get rid of before they can even consider what a repeat final against Portmore United would look like.

"It is do or die. The fact is that the opponents are in front, and it is our duty to ensure that we get back on level terms as soon as possible and then move forward," said Jerome Waite, coach of the defending champions.

While it is assumed that the enormous crowd expected at the Tony Spaulding Complex would aid the home team, Arnett, Waite sees it a little differently.

"It will be added pressure because we are defending champions and we have the biggest fan base,” he said.

The crowd pressure though, is something Waite says he will get his team ready for.

“We are not daunted by that, though, and we are confident that we will get the job done,” he said.

When Donovan Duckie took over at Waterhouse, the team had gone through coaches as if they were faded jeans and was in real danger of relegation.

A year on, Duckie has turned the team around and now put them within 90 minutes of an RSPL final.

The job though, is not done. At least not for Duckie or the players.

"The players have remained focused, worked hard, remained disciplined, and shown the passion that is required, and we will keep fighting. No one is getting carried away believing that the job is done," said Duckie.

Influential midfielder, Cardel Benbow, is back with the Waterhouse team and should provide a boost, while Arnett will be similarly boosted by Vishinul Harris.

Paul-Andre Walker

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