Former champions Arnett Gardens humble the Lion

Dunbeholden’s Andre Dyce (left) towers over Molynes United’s Anthony Greenland during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Constant Spring Complex on Sunday. Dunbeholden won 3-2.

With the Yuletide season in full swing, former champions Arnett Gardens went into the lion’s den and defeated Humble Lion 2-1 at Effortville Community Centre in what was the marquee match-up of the weekend in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

It was a crucial win for Arnett Gardens as they leapfrogged Humble Lion (30) into third spot on 33 points to be sitting just five points adrift of the leaders Waterhouse FC. Kemal Malcolm gave Arnett Gardens a 6th-minute lead before Levaughn Williams equalised for Humble Lion in the 75th minute from the penalty spot. But Arnett were not to be denied and Vishunul Harris snatched the win in the 90th minute and avenged the team’s 1-3 loss on opening day in September.

Meanwhile, leaders Waterhouse FC suffered their second consecutive loss going down 0-1 to Cavalier SC at Stadium East. Orlando Brown netted the winner in minute 56. Waterhouse stayed on 38 points and holds a four-point lead while Cavalier with their second straight win are sixth on 28 points and hold the last playoff spot.

Dunbeholden’s Deanandre Thomas (left) heads the ball ahead of Shane Watson of Molynes United.

Champions Portmore United saw their four-game winning streak snapped losing 0-1 to Harbour View at the Compound. Molynes United returned to their losing ways, crashing 2-3 to Dunbeholden FC who themselves improved their chances of making the playoff in a cracking game at Constant Spring. In the only drawn game on Sunday, Tivoli Gardens were held to a 1-1 draw by Vere United at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon.

Tonight, second-placed Mount Pleasant on 34 points tackle a University of The West Indies (UWI) team in 11th spot on 15 points at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex starting at 8 pm.