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Trench Town derby takes spotlight

Arnett, BT in top RSPL clash

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer Senior Reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, December 02, 2012    

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THE well-oiled Harbour View machinery will be in action again, this time on the road against the dangerous, but under-achieving Humble Lion at the Effortville Community Centre, starting at 3:00 pm.

In the other games, Boys' Town host Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby; in-form Cavalier tackle Waterhouse; Highgate United take on Montego Bay United and champions Portmore United play Sporting Central Academy.

Leaders Harbour View, on 30 points, hold a seven-point lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and will be hoping to extend that advantage as second- and third-placed teams Portmore and Boys' Town have difficult games.

But Harbour View, not for one minute, can feel that Humble Lion, down in 10th spot on 15 points, can be taken lightly. The Lenworth Hyde-coached aggregation are playing better than their league placing suggests and could upset the favoured Harbour View.

In their first meeting at the Compound, Harbour View eked out a 1-0 win and Hyde then blamed defeat on a late start to their pre-season. Now 15 games into the season, there can be no excuses for Humble Lion and having not won in their last six matches, should be hungry enough to create the upset.

This season, the 'Stars of the East' have depended mainly on the creative skills and six goals of Jermaine Hue. With the Reggae Boyz in camp, Harbour View will be a little hard-pressed to replace their chief playmaker.

The likes of John Ross Edwards, Kemeel Wolfe, Eric Vernan, Evan Taylor, Roland Dean, Damion Harwood, Jermie Lynch, and the returning veteran Fabian Taylor, will have to step up to plate and deliver.

Humble Lion will again be depending on leading scorer Omando McLeod with four goals, Jermaine Christian, Denzil Watson, Ricardo Campbell, Andrew Isaacs and Carlington Smith to provide their third home win of the season.

Meanwhile, second-placed Portmore, on 23 points, cannot afford many more slip-ups when they play eight-placed Sporting Central, on 20 points.

Only three points separate second from the eighth-placed team in what is a very tightly knitted mid-table and a loss for the champions could see them drop several places down the order.

With their first meeting ending 0-0, another close battle is expected between two young and exciting teams.

Third-placed Boys' Town, with 23 points, have a difficult Trench Town derby with neighbours Arnett Gardens, just behind in fifth place with 21 points, with a lot to prove, having changed coaches last week.

Arnett won their first encounter, 3-2, coming from two goals down and this time, the Andrew Price-coached Red Brigade won't make that mistake again.

Arnett, on the other hand, have a suspected backline, especially when playing three at the back, but that should be changed by new coach Calvin Lewis, who should revert to the more conventional four defenders and seal what had leaked 17 goals in 14 matches.

It should be another exciting affair at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Cavalier, up to fourth on 22 points, are riding on a six-game unbeaten run in which they have won their last four games and will enter their match against sixth-placed Waterhouse on 20 points full of confidence.

Cavalier won their first encounter, 1-0, in what was one of their better displays of the season, and with Claudius Blackburn in fine form with five goals, along with Norman Bailey and Girvon Brown, could repeat.

But Waterhouse are also in good form, winning three of their last five games, but will certainly missed the power play of striker Jermaine Anderson who is in camp with the Jamaican team. Andre Clennon, Gary McIntosh, Troy Reid and company will have to carry the mantle for the Drewsland team.

The improving Highgate United have climbed off the bottom of the table on 12 points on the back of two consecutive wins and will fancy themselves against Montego Bay United, in seventh spot on 20 points.

Highgate, who were rooted to the bottom of the league for the entire first round, have drawn with Waterhouse and brushed aside both Sporting and Arnett in the second round and will be aiming for their third win of the round.

Montego Bay are in decent form, having lost just once in their last eight games while notching five wins and are fancied to get the better of Highgate at Drax Hall.

Meanwhile, ninth-placed Tivoli Gardens, on 19 points, will host cellar team Savannah FC, on 11, in the Monday Night football fiesta at the Edward Seaga Stadium.

TODAY'S GAME

3:00 pm Highgate vs MBU

@ Drax Hall

KLAS SPORT FM 89 RADIO GAME

3:00 pm Humble Lion vs Harbour View @ Effortville

5:00 pm Cavalier vs Waterhouse @ Stadium East

6:00 pm Boys' Town vs Arnett

@ Spaulding Complex

7:00 pm Portmore vs Sporting @ Ferdie Neita

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 CVM TV GAME

9:00 pm Tivoli vs Savannah

@ Seaga Complex

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