JPL: Arnett Gardens dominate Lime Hall in final fixture of matchday 22 Loop Jamaica

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Former champions Arnett Gardens secured a 3-0 victory against Lime Hall Academy in the final match of matchday 22 of the Wray and Nephew-sponsored Jamaica Premier League (JPL) on Monday night at the Anthony Spaulding Complex.

As a result of the win, Arnett moved up two spots to third place in the regular season with 42 points, seven behind defending champions and leaders Mount Pleasant Football Association.

An own goal by Marlon Buckley in the 52nd minute, followed by a tap-in by Kaheim Dixon in the 54th minute and an 86th-minute strike by Jaheim Thomas, condemned Lime Hall to relegation with four regular season games remaining in their first year in top-flight football.

The St Ann-based team suffered its 19th defeat in 22 games and remained at the bottom of the 14-team league with seven points.

Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant became the first team to secure a spot in the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Cavalier at Drax Hall Sports Complex on Sunday. Goals by Daniel Green in the 15th minute and Sue Lae McCalla in the 82nd minute propelled Mount Pleasant to 49 points from 22 games, ensuring they cannot be overtaken by six other teams at the end of the regular season.

Cavalier stayed in second place with 45 points and on the verge of qualifying for the top six playoffs.

Montego Bay United joined the race for the final playoff spot by defeating Treasure Beach 1-0 at Montego Bay Sports Complex, moving to eighth place with 31 points, just two points behind sixth-placed Dunbeholden. Johan Weatherly scored the winning goal in the 64th minute.

Tivoli Gardens and Dunbeholden drew 1-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at the Ashenheim Stadium. An own goal by Zackiya Wilks gave Tivoli Gardens the lead in the ninth minute, but a 42nd-minute penalty by Ricardo Thomas equalized for Dunbeholden. Tivoli Gardens are fifth with 41 points, while Dunbeholden are sixth with 33 points.

Fourth-place Portmore United, on 42 points, and seventh-place Waterhouse, on 31 points, played to a goalless draw at Ferdie Neita Park in Portmore.

Humble Lion secured a rare win by beating Vere United 3-0 in the Clarendon derby at Effortville Community Centre, moving to 11th place with 22 points, the same as Vere in 10th place. Cleo Clarke scored twice in the 42nd and 62nd minutes following an own goal by Odane Murray in the 12th minute.

Molynes United won their second consecutive game by defeating Harbour View 1-0 at the Ashenheim Stadium, climbing to ninth place with 23 points. Daniel Hardy scored the decisive goal in the 72nd minute.

Harbour View suffered their 11th defeat, dropping to 12th place with 19 points, just seven points clear of the relegation zone.

MATCHDAY 22 RESULTS

MONDAYArnett Gardens FC 3 Lime Hall Academy 0

SUNDAYHumble Lion FC 3 Vere United FC 0Tivoli Gardens FC 1 Dunbeholden FC 1Harbour View FC 0 Molynes United FC 1Montego Bay United FC 1 Treasure Beach FC 0Portmore United FC 0 Waterhouse FC 0Mount Pleasant FA 2 Cavalier SC 0