Steve Clarke netted a brace for his recently joined side Tivoli Gardens as they clinched a 3-1 victory over his former team Arnett Gardens in the final fixture of matchday 17 in the Wray & Nephew-sponsored Jamaica Premier League (JPL) on Monday night.
Fabian Reid gave Arnett Gardens a 57th-minute lead at the Stadium East Complex. Then, Tivoli Gardens’ substitute Howard Morris was red-carded in the 61st minute by referee Oshane Nation. Just Dunn leveled for Tivoli Gardens in the 73rd minute from the penalty spot before Clarke took center stage, scoring in the 76th and 80th minutes while maintaining subdued celebrations.
Clarke capitalised on a through ball and slotted home on the second attempt after the goalkeeper blocked his initial chip. Not content, he seized the opportunity when Shai Smith miskicked in the box, pouncing and ramming home from close range.
It marked a triumphant return to football for Clarke, who had been out for 18 months and switched clubs during the interval.
The result saw Tivoli Gardens leapfrog Arnett Gardens into fourth spot with 34 points, while Arnett slipped to fifth with 33 points.
In the first match at the venue, Harbour View found their scoring form, defeating Humble Lion 4-2 and climbing two spots to ninth with 19 points. David Reid (30th), Odorland Harding (45+3), Jashaun Anglin (63rd), and Omar Thompson (70th) all found the net for the Stars of the East.
Substitute James Thomas, a medical doctor, attempted to salvage the match, scoring twice in the 76th and 90+3 minutes. However, Humble Lion, suffering their ninth loss, dropped to 11th spot with 18 points.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Cavalier surged to the top of the league with a 1-0 win over Waterhouse. Jalmaro Calvin netted the winner in the 67th minute, propelling Cavalier to their 11th win from 17 games and 37 points. Despite their sixth defeat, Waterhouse remained in the playoff position in sixth with 23 points.
Champions Mount Pleasant relinquished the top spot after a 1-1 draw with lowly Molynes United at the Drax Hall complex. Captain Sue-Lae McCalla salvaged a point with a very late goal in the 90+8 minute, but Mount Pleasant slipped to second on 36 points.
In the first match at the Drax Hall Complex, Lime Hall secured their first win of the season, beating Treasure Beach 1-0 with a Marlon Pennicooke penalty in the 69th minute. Both teams remained at the bottom of the league with seven points each, with Treasure Beach in 13th and Lime Hall in 14th.
At the Ferdie Neita Park, former champions Portmore United rallied for a 1-1 draw with Dunbeholden but slipped to third on 35 points. Dunbeholden remained in seventh with 23 points. Chevoy Watkins opened the scoring for Dunbeholden in the 23rd minute before Stephen Young equalized for Portmore in the 74th minute.
At the WesPow Park, Montego Bay United blanked Vere United 2-0, consolidating eighth spot with 22 points, while Vere slipped to 10th with 19 points.
Courtney Allen opened the scoring for Montego Bay in the 27th minute before being red-carded in the 65th minute. Brazilian Jean Ferriera sealed victory from the penalty spot in the 51st minute.
MATCHDAY 17 RESULTS
SundayLime Hall Academy 1 Treasure Beach 0Mount Pleasant 1 Molynes United 1Portmore United 1 Dunbeholden 1Montego Bay United 2 Vere United 0Waterhouse 0 Cavalier 1
MondayHumble Lion 2 Harbour View 4Tivoli Gardens 3 Arnett Gardens 1