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Western revenge

MBU, Sandals SC host Cavalier, Humble Lion respectively in RSPL

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Montego Bay United (MBU) and Sandals South Coast will seek to end the calendar year on a high today as they host Cavalier SC and Humble Lion respectively in the Red Stripe Premier League, both seeking to avenge first round defeats.

MBU are unbeaten in their last four games and will hope to get into the top six if they can avenge their 2-1 loss at home to Cavalier SC.

Sandals SC, in 11th place and having drawn their last three outings, will be home to ninth-placed Humble Lion, who had beaten them 4-0 in the first round.

FC Reno, winless in their last five games and slipping to sixth place, face an uphill task when they travel to the Edward Seaga Sports Complex to face third-placed Tivoli Gardens.

At the Montego Bay Sports Complex, if they are to beat Cavalier SC, MBU will have to do it without striker Dino Williams, who was red-carded after he gave MBU the lead at Humble Lion last week.

It was Williams' second red card in three games over an 11-day span. He was sent off against FC Reno on December 10, and his leadership will be missed against a well-organised Cavalier SC team that beat them at the same venue earlier in the season.

MBU's form over the last four games has been enough to give hope to their fans, especially their coming from two goals down to beat Harbour View 3-2 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Jefroy Leslie, Johann Weatherly and Anthony Marks, will have added responsibility with the absence of Williams, but the team has been able to get goals from a number of players, including defenders, with Nicholas Amponsah scoring three, all headers at the far post.

Meanwhile, Chevone Marsh, with four goals to his credit, will lead the Cavalier team, who are sitting in fifth position, while Kaheem Parris will spearhead the Kingston team's attack as they seek to test the MBU defence that will be led by Amponsah and national representative Ladale Richie.

Sandals SC have been enjoying their run so far, unbeaten in their last three, and will be confident that they can put one over Humble Lion, and avenge their big first round loss at Effortville.

Both of Sandals SC's wins, all against Boys Town, have come at home where they have picked up eight of their 12 points, but conversely Humble Lion are good away from home, winning three and drawing games.

Sandals SC have shown improvements, however, and have only allowed three goals in their last three games, including a 2-2 draw against FC Reno, when they came from behind twice.

Leonard Rankine will be available for selection after sitting out their 0-0 draw against Harbour View, after being sent off in a 1-1 draw against Arnett Gardens.

Dwayne Blake, Javoney Brown and Jamoy Sibbles are expected to be the men coach Aaron Lawrence will call on to get the goals.

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