H'View visit MoBay as RSPL third round kicks off

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Today's 3:00 pm Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter between the pair of former champions Montego Bay United and Harbour View FC at WesPow Park in St James is one of the highlights of the 23rd match day as teams try to rake in much-needed points.

Both teams, currently some distance off of the standards they have set over the years, are lying outside of the crucial top-six positions.

Montego Bay United have been the slightly worse of the two, struggling 10th in the 12-team league with 23 points from 21 matches. They have drawn four of their last five games and have not won since December 17 when they clipped Harbour View 3-2.

Harbour View have won two consecutive games and are seventh with 27 points from 22 games. However, two losses inside the last five outings give some indication of their tribulations along the road of inconsistency.

All things considered, Montego Bay United, as hosts, enter as marginal favourites.

In another fascinating 3:00 pm contest at Edward Seaga Sports Complex in west Kingston, Reno FC visit Tivoli Gardens FC.

Reno are eighth with 25 points, while Tivoli Gardens are third with 37 points. Both teams have been patchy with their displays, but given Reno FC have not won a game since December 3, it is hard to bet against the hosts.

In another 3 o' clock kick-off, ninth-placed Humble Lion FC (24 points) host last-placed Boys' Town FC (13 points) at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.

Out farther west on the island, first-time RSPL entrants Sandals South Coast FC welcome reigning champions Arnett Gardens to St Elizabeth Technical High School playing field in Santa Cruz.

Sandals South Coast are locked in 11th — one of the two relegation places with 16 points while Arnett Gardens are second on 41 points.

In the late afternoon kick-off at 5:00, in-form Cavalier SC tackle league leaders Portmore United at Stadium East. The youthful Cavalier side, on a six-game unbeaten run, is fourth on 35 points, while rampant Portmore United have 47 points, six clear of their closest rivals Arnett Gardens.

In tomorrow's Monday night fixture, Waterhouse FC entertain University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at Drewsland Stadium in St Andrew.

Waterhouse, who had a dreadful start to the season, have turned around their fortunes with a six-match unbeaten streak. They are sixth with 28 points. UWI have been the opposite, falling out of the top bunch after a five-game unbeaten start to the campaign. They are fifth with 29 points.

Today's games

3:00 pm — Montego Bay vs Harbour View @ WesPow Park

3:00 pm — Humble Lion vs Boys' Town @ Effortville Centre

3:00 pm — Sandals South Coast vs Arnett Gardens @ St Elizabeth Technical

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

5:00 pm — Cavalier vs Portmore @ Stadium East

Tomorrow's game

8:35 pm – Waterhouse vs UWI @ Drewsland Stadium

Wednesday's results

Waterhouse 1, Sandals South Coast 0

Boys' Town 0, Montego Bay United 0

Portmore United 2, Humble Lion 0

Thursday's results

Tivoli Gardens 1, Cavalier 1

Reno 0, Harbour View 1

Arnett Gardens 2, UWI 1

(Home teams named first)

— Sanjay Myers

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