TUCKER, St James — PREMIER League team Montego Bay United will lead a half-a-dozen western clubs into today's first round games to be played in the region in the revamped Flow Champions Cup Knock-out competition.
Montego Bay United, who are getting ready for Sunday's start of the Red Stripe Premier League where they will be away to Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in Kingston, will host KSAFA club Rockfort FC at the WespoW Park in Tucker starting at 3:00 pm.
At Frome in Westmoreland, Savannah FC will host Holland FC of Trelawny in an all-western derby; Logwood of Hanover travels to New Town to face Black Stars; Reggae Youths of St James play away to New Green at Brooks Park; Sandals Whitehouse will host newly promoted Premier League club Rivoli FC at Crocs Lawn.
The Flow Champions Cup competition is returning after a year's absence, with a number of changes including being played simultaneously with the Premier League and an improved winning incentive of $1 million.
The first round of the competition kicked off yesterday with four games.
The 10 winners from the first round will advance to the second round where they will meet the top six Premier League clubs from last season.
Given their advanced level of preparation, the Premier League teams including MBU should have the advantage over the parish and Super League teams who will not start their season until another six weeks or more.
MBU President Orville Powell was in an upbeat mood when he spoke to Jamaica Observer West on Monday.
He believes that his team that has not lost any of the players who ended the last season with them, will do better this season than last season when they finished sixth overall after the four rounds were completed.
The addition of new coach Donovan Duckie, who coached at Waterhouse last season, will also add to the club's strength, Powell said. "I like how he interacts with the players. There are some keys things that he does that gets his point across and at times he seems to be teaching more than coaching and that comes across well," Powell said of the former national Under-20 coach.
MBU will have a wealth of talent to choose from for today's game with their full squad available. Bahamian Lesly St Fleur who led the team with seven goals last year before injury ended his season, will return to lead the attack while national striker Dino Williams will start his first season with the team that will also see Allan Ottey, as well as Mauracio Gordon, who returned to the team mid-way last season after starting the season at Portmore United.