Arnett Gardens were ruthless as they destroyed Harbour View 3-0 in Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) Monday night action.

Hosts Arnett Gardens and Cavalier were unable to separate themselves, battling to a tough draw as SportsMax Monday night football returned at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Newly promoted Molynes United maintained a perfect start to the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after slipping by former champions Arnett Gardens, despite going down to ten men, at the Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday.

Nicholas Nelson gave the home team the lead in the lead in the 18th minute but was dramatically sent from the pitch only two minutes after.  His ejection left Arnett with a one-man advantage and plenty of time to turn the game around.  The team seemed to be well on their way to doing just that when Vishineul Harris equalised two minutes in the second half.

The hosts, however, had more surprises as Tyrique Wilson fired them back into the lead in the 65th minute.  To make matters worse for Arnett, they were themselves reduced to ten men when Kimani Arbourine was sent off in the 82nd minute.  The win marked a fourth in a row for Molynes who top the RSPL standings with 12 points.

At Harbour View Stadium, defending champions Portmore United secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over struggling Harbour View. 

At the Edward Seaga Stadium, Tivoli Gardens snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season when they defeated Cavalier 2-0.  The match seemed to be headed for an even share of the points but the dismissal of Tivoli’s Clifton Woodbine gave the home team added impetus. 

Rodrico Wellington gave Tivoli the lead six minutes later before Donovan Dawkins secured the home team their first win of the season in the 88th minute.

At the Royal Lakes Complex, Dean-Andre Thomas scored a brace to ensure Dunbeholden kept the momentum from a narrow win over Portmore United last week, with a 2-0 win over newcomers Vere United.  Thomas scored from the penalty spot in the 40th minute before adding a second in the 83rd.

At Effortville, Humble Lion and Waterhouse played to a 0-0 draw.

Two of the 12 coaches in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League have already been fired.

Jerome Waite, longstanding coach with Arnett Gardens, was last week, sacked and this week, the coach of Dunbeholden, former Reggae Boy, Fabian Taylor was shown the door.

Waite, it was said, would not have enough time with Arnett Gardens because of his duties with the national programme. Waite is coach of Jamaica’s under-23 outfit.

Taylor’s case also had to do with the stresses involved in starting a new season at the top level in Jamaican football. The former Reggae Boy was, reportedly, not pleased with the nature of the squad Dunbeholden were going to start the season with.

Dunbeholden have returned to the tried and tested, Regel Smith, who got them to the Premier League.

Waite, who won four Premier League titles with the club,  has been replaced by Wolmer’s player and former Arnett Gardens centre half, Alex Thomas. Thomas is also the coach of Wolmer’s Boys’ in Jamaica’s schoolboy urban area competitions, the Manning and Walker cups.

Cavalier took a big step towards the semifinal round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after dispatching 10-man Arnett Gardens 3-0, in the first-leg encounter between the teams, at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday.

It was the in-form Cavalier that put the struggling Arnett Gardens on the back foot from the opening whistle.  They claimed a deserved lead in the 15th minute when Chevone Marsh slotted home coolly after an attempted through ball was deflected into his path by an unfortunate defender.

‘The Junglists’ dealt themselves a major self-inflicted wound when goalkeeper Mark Harrison was sent off in the 27th minute.  The custodian was given a straight red card for abusive language directed at the referee.

Despite being a man down, the hosts managed to give a good account of themselves but saw their hopes of damage control unravel late on.  Alex Marshall eventually doubled Cavalier’s lead in the 77th minute, latching on to a poorly cleared effort from Arnett Gardens defender Zhelano Barnes, to beat the goalkeeper in somewhat fortuitous fashion.

Nicholas Hamilton then finished off the match and in all likelihood Arnett’s chances of advancing, after chipping a delightful Marsh through ball over the head of Arnett Gardens goalkeeper Damion Hyatt.

 

 

Defending champions Portmore United and newcomers Mount Pleasant FC played to a 1-1 draw at Drax Hall on Sunday as action kicked off in the third and final round of the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League.

Defending champions Portmore United continued a steady recovery from their opening day stumble, after registering a 3-2 win over struggling Arnett Gardens to stay perched atop the Red Stripe Premier League table on Sunday.

With the assurance that its title sponsor isn’t going anywhere, the Red Stripe Premier League  (RSPL) will kick off the 2018/2019 season on Sunday, September 16, with defending champions Portmore United playing newcomers Mount Pleasant at the Prison Oval in St. Catherine.

The new season was launched during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Jamaica Football Federation on Thursday.

The Portmore/Mount Pleasant match is among five matches set for 3:30 pm (4:30 ECT) on the opening day. Reno plays Cavalier FC at Frome Sports Complex, 2015 champions Montego Bay United will take on Tivoli Gardens at Wespow Park, while UWI FC tackles Harbour View FC at the UWI Mona Bowl.

Later on Sunday, Arnett Gardens FC will host Humble Lion FC at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 7:00 pm.

The Monday night game will feature Waterhouse FC against the other newcomer Dunbeholden FC at 8:35 pm.

Last season,  a dispute between the JFF and the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) threatened to derail the season and raised fears about whether Red Stripe would continue its sponsorship of the league.

On Thursday, Diane Ashton-Smith Head of Corporate Relations at Red Stripe assured stakeholders that the title sponsors were staying put.

“This season, we will continue to support this amazing league. Despite what you may have heard, Red Stripe is not pulling out of football,” she declared while speaking on behalf of Red Stripe Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio.

“We have decided to make some changes to how we show up at football matches – particularly in terms of activations, and only for the first few months of the season. But our contractual commitment to the PLCA remains the same. Our commitment to broadcasting the games remains the same, and our commitment to developing the sport is as strong as it has ever been.”

She also announced that the company was resuming the Player Development Programme that is geared towards the holistic development of players in the RSPL.

“We look forward to the resumption of the Player Development Programme, which will include a focus on giving back this year in keeping with our own focus at Red Stripe,” she said.

“This year, as a company, Red Stripe celebrates 100 years of operations in Jamaica and we decided that rather than have a big party, we would give back to communities that have supported us throughout these 100 years.

“So we launched 100 For A Century – an initiative through which we are giving 100 gifts to Jamaican causes and communities from July to December this year.”

 

 

 

 

Arabe United is through to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League with a 4-2 win on aggregate over Arnett Gardens of Jamaica in the Round of 16.

Waterhouse FC, Frazsier’s Whip and Arnett Gardens all recorded victories on Wednesday when action resumed in the Jamaica Football Federation Women’s league.

Arnett Gardens F.C. knows it has a mountain to climb when it meets Panama’s CD Arabe Unido in the return-leg of their Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL) tie inside Jamaica’s National Stadium on Thursday.

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