231011tegatRyon Jones, Star Writer

There will be more than just bragging rights at stake when neighbours Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town meet in the final of the Jamaica Yellow Pages Kingston and St Andrew Football Association Jackie Bell Knockout football competition at Waterhouse Stadium this evening at 7:00.


Arnett, who booked their place in the final following a 3-2 triumph over Tivoli Gardens in the semi-final, is the competition's most successful team, having won on five previous occasions.

Boys' Town are seeking only their second lien on the title after knocking out defending champions Harbour View 2-0 to progress.

The teams, which are separated by four places and seven points in the National Premier League standings, have met in two Trench Town derbies this season with the Andrew Price-conditioned Boys' Town coming out victorious on both occasions - by 2-1 and 2-0 scorelines.

The Paul 'Tegat' Davis-coached Arnett have gone five games without a win in the Premier League, while Boys' Town have not lost in their last four outings. Davis does not believe, however, that the league results will have any bearing on the game.

"It is going to be a tough game, but it is a cup game and a final, so we are going to go all out," Davis expressed. "We went to the final last year and lost out on penalties, so we want to do even better this year."

He added: "We want to win it six times, plus it is the first time the Jamaica Yellow Pages coming on board so we want to put our name in the yellow pages."

Keeping Allen quiet

For Davis and his team to achieve their objective they will have to find a way to keep Jermaine Allen quiet, as he has netted all three of his goals this season against them, including a brace in the first game.

Price is of the view that the lure of the $350,000 on offer for the winners will bring the best out of his players.

"The players are aware of the situation that the club is in financially, and they know that winning the Jackie Bell title carries not only the opportunity to win some silverware, but brings some funding into the club," Price stated. "So they are as desirous as I am to get another lien on the title."

He added: "In derbies and rivalries it is who wants it more on the day, and I believe that my team, given the position that we are in now, needs it a lot more than Arnett Gardens."

Price anticipates Allen playing some role in today's game, even if he does not feature from the outset.

The team which was beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual winners will be awarded third place and pocket $150,000. The beaten finalist will receive $200,000, while their semi-final opponent will collect $100,000.