RSPL: Champs Arnett beat Cavalier 4-3 to maintain two-point lead
Defending champions Arnett Gardens maintain their two-point lead in the 2017-2018 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after they outscored promoted team Cavalier 4-3, at the Stadium East field, on Match Day 14 on Sunday.
With the victory, Arnett Gardens moved to 30 points, two ahead of second-place Portmore United, which also secured three points on the road by defeating the other promoted team, Sandals South Coast 2-0 at the Frome Complex in Westmoreland.
Over at the Stadium East field, Arnett Gardens opened up a 3-0 lead over Cavalier after 30 minutes and then held on for a close win after Cavalier roared back with two very late goals.
Marvin Morgan handed Arnett Gardens an early lead in the third minute and the defending champions moved 2-0 ahead in the sixth minute through Steve Clarke.
Fabian Reid widened the advantage for Arnett in the 30th minute, but Chevone Marsh reduced the deficit to 3-1 with a 37th minute strike.
Shamar Pryce then restored the three-goal advantage for Arnett in the 66th minute to put the score at 4-1. However, Marsh secured his second goal, an 89th minute penalty to reduce the deficit to 4-2 and then two minutes after Nicoy Christian scored the third goal for Cavalier in time added on for the 4-3 scoreline.
Despite the defeat, Cavalier remain sixth in the standings.
Over at the Frome Complex, Portmore United also secured an early goal on their way to victory over second-from-the-bottom team Sandals South Coast.
Javan East (3rd minute) and Maalique Foster (90th minute) secured the goals for Portmore.
Meanwhile, the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC moved a place up to third after they edged bottom-place Boys' Town 2-1 at the Barbican field.
Ryan Miller (59th minute) and Fabion McCarthy (72nd minute) handed UWI a 2-0 lead and Pierre McPherson pulled back a goal for Boys' Town, a minute into time added on.
And Tivoli Gardens have slipped a place to fourth following a goalless draw with Waterhouse at Drewsland; while Harbour View moved two places to seven after an away 1-0 victory against 10th-place Humble Lion at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.
Andrew Allen scored the goal for Harbour View, a 43rd minute penalty.
Ninth-place Montego Bay United will host fifth-place Reno in the Monday night fixture, the final game of Match Day 14. The match will take place at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, at 8:35 pm.
Boys' Town 1 UWI FC 2
Cavalier 3 Arnett Gardens 4
Humble Lion 0 Harbour View 1
Sandals South Coast 0 Portmore United 2
Waterhouse 0 Tivoli Gardens 0
Montego Bay United vs Reno at Montego Bay Sports Complex at 8:35 pm