2016/2017 RSPL Champions ‘Best I have ever coached’ – Jerome Waite

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Jerome Waite, head coach of Arnett Gardens FC, has praised his players as the best he has ever coached following their come-from-behind 2-1 over Portmore United to lift the 2016/2017 Red Stripe Premier League title at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

Renikie Anderson scored in the 55th minute and Marvin Morgan in the 66th, to rally the 2014/2015 champions after Maalique Foster had put Portmore United 1-0 up in the second minute of play.

Waite, who has now coached Arnett Gardens to four premier league titles said he was particularly proud of his team, who had been beset by financial struggles and disunity between the players and management all season long.

“This is a team that was written off right throughout the season,” said Waite, who culled dissenting players and promoted players with lesser experience to get the team that had finished sixth in the regular season standings, in effort to get the team back on track.

“The fact that these youngsters have gone through trials and tribulations, to see that they come back and be champions, I believe that it’s the greatest local team I have coached. This is because they came back from nothing to be something.”

The team forged in the heat of their season-long struggles were evident throughout what was a fairly evenly contested match. After going down early and with Fabian Reid missing a penalty that would have pulled them level close to half time, Arnett rallied early in the second half when Anderson fired home from inside the 18-yard box after Portmore’s defense had failed to clear from a left side free kick.

Morgan’s powerful shot 11 minutes later completed Arnett Gardens’ revival that handed Waite his fourth title and relegated Portmore to runners up status for the second year in a row. The Junglists now have as many titles as Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens who each boasts five premier league titles in the modern era of Jamaica’s football.

Source: Sportmax.tv