Arnett Gardens set sights on leaders Waterhouse

Arnett Gardens set sights on leaders Waterhouse

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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THE Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is set to push on with a full slate of midweek matches, highlighted by today's contest between first-place Waterhouse FC and third-place Arnett Gardens FC.

Start time is set for 8:00 pm at Arnett's south St Andrew-based Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Waterhouse, comfortably out in front in the 12-team league standing with 33 points from 15 games, start favourites despite being the road team. In their previous outing, Waterhouse lost 1-2 to visitors Mount Pleasant Football Academy — only their second defeat this season. They remain the most consistent side in the RSPL and will be anxious to get back on track with their 11th win of the 2019-20 campaign.

Arnett Gardens got off to a lacklustre start to the season but they have gradually come into their own. Three wins and a draw in their last five games have lifted them to 26 points from 16 appearances. Given the historically keen rivalry between the teams, one can expect the Arnett Gardens team to be fully aware that Waterhouse's superior form will count for nothing when the opening whistle is blown.

In the early kick-off, home side Tivoli Gardens FC and Molynes United will square off at Edward Seaga Sports Complex in Kingston, starting at 3:00 pm.

The 10th-place Tivoli Gardens team has endured a wretched campaign so far, earning 15 points from 15 matches. But two wins in the former champions' last three matches suggest a hint of form.

Newly promoted Molynes, though having 20 points from 16 matches for eighth place, have arguably suffered worse. From the dizzying heights of six straight victories and pole position to start life in the RSPL, they have lost eight and drawn two in their last 10 matches. Such a catastrophic free fall has undoubtedly left deep scars amongst players and management staff, and a further setback against Tivoli today would come as no surprise.

Another intriguing clash will feature Mount Pleasant and visitors Dunbeholden FC at Drax Hall Sports Complex in St Ann, starting 7:00 pm. Mount Pleasant are second with 28 points, while Dunbeholden are sixth with 21 points.

At 8:00 pm, ninth-place Harbour View FC (20 points) are set to welcome last-place Vere United (13 points) to Harbour View Stadium.

The first of tomorrow's two matches is to feature champions Portmore United versus Cavalier FC at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 3:00 pm. Portmore are seventh with 21 points, while fifth-place Cavalier are one point ahead.

In the other encounter, set to begin at 5:00, fourth-placed Humble Lion FC (23 points) entertain 11th-place The University of the West Indies FC (14 points) at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.

Today's games

3:00 pm — Tivoli Gardens vs Molynes @ Edward Seaga Sports Complex

7:00 pm — Mount Pleasant vs Dunbeholden @ Drax Hall Complex

8:00 pm — Arnett Gardens vs Waterhouse @ Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

8:00 pm — Harbour View vs Vere @ Harbour View Mini Stadium

Tomorrow's games

3:00 pm — Portmore vs Cavalier @ Prison Oval

5:00 pm — Humble Lion vs UWI @ Effortville Community Centre

— Sanjay Myers

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