Dunbeholden FC was held to a 1-1 draw by a struggling Arnett Gardens and missed a glorious chance of staking a claim in the top six championship playoffs.
St Catherine-based Dunbeholden knew a win against Arnett Gardens would have secured their playoff position but now they will have to anxiously wait until the final preliminary round game to book a spot.
The Harold Thomas-coached Dunbeholden with the single point, inched 15 points but more importantly, they jumped two places to fifth and provisionally into a playoff spot.
Dwayne Smith gave them the lead in the 51st minute firing home from a Rondee Smith pass.
But Arnett Gardens rallied and Shandane Lopez earned a share of the points, slotting home in the 73rd minute with an assist from Steve Clarke.
The Alex Thomas-coached who were already out of a playoff spot and they inched to eight points and remained in the ninth position.
The former champions are yet to beat a Dunbeholden team playing in just their second season of top-flight football.
Dunbeholden will end their preliminary round with a tough match against a Mount Pleasant team also looking to secure their playoff position.
Arnett Gardens will definitely be in the bottom playoff amongst teams ranked 7-11 for final positioning.
Next week, Arnett Gardens will play a Harbour View team sitting in the eighth spot on 12 points and still harbouring hopes of making the playoff.
Man-of-the-match: Earl Simpson (Arnett Gardens)
Arnett Gardens: 55-Amal Knight, 02-Oneil Anderson, 03-Oshane Roberts, 04-Ezran Simpson Jnr, 06-Earl Simpson, 11-Shemar Boothe (23-Rayahno Thompson, 61st), 15-Nathan Thomas (27-Steve Clarke 61st), 17-Romeo Guthrie, 18-Shadane Lopez (14-Andre Glanville 87th), 31-Donovan Segree, 05-Jonoy Cunningham.
Subs not used: 40-Shaquan Davis, 19-Luca Kung.
Coach: Alex Thomas
Booked: Oneil Anderson 58th, Romeo Guthrie 70th, Earl Simpson 74th.
Dunbeholden: 32-William Benjamin, 03-Andre Dyce, 33-Shaquille Dyer, 13-Shevan James, 26-Romario McPherson, 35-Mark Miller (22-Rondee Smith 50th), 23-Nickoy Christian, 44-Dwayne Smith (45-Zackrie Wilks 67th), 17-Atapharoy Bygrave (29-Deshawn Plunkett 83rd), 21-Shakeen Powell, 24-Saneekie Burton (15-Craig Gayle 87th).
Subs not used: 40-Damion Hyatt, 05-Odean Daley, 30-Rushane Taylor.
Coach: Harold Thomas
Booked: Nickoy Christian 89th.
Referee: Veralton Nembhard
Assistant Referee 1: Jassett Kerr-Wilson
Assistant Referee 2: Jermaine Yee Sing
Fourth Official: Carvel Banton
Match Commissioner: Fitzroy Reid
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