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RSPL football gets underway with mouth-watering clashes

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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The long-awaited Red Stripe Premier League kicks off today with four games and continues tomorrow with an enticing double-header at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

After an impasse amongst some stakeholders of the country's top-flight football that pushed the scheduled start from September 3 to September 24, local fans will be bracing for some mouth-watering clashes.

In today's games, former champions Montego Bay United and Harbour View clash at 7:00 pm at the 'Compound' in a battle of two teams in transition. Both are looking to lay down markers for this season.

In the other three matches scheduled for 3:30 starts, Boys' Town tackle Humble Lion at Barbican; Tivoli Gardens travel to Frome to play Reno, and The University of the West Indies (UWI) host Waterhouse at the Mona Bowl.

Tomorrow, defending champions Arnett Gardens welcome first-timers Sandals South Coast, and Portmore United take on Cavalier SC, who are returning to top-flight football.

Arnett Gardens will open their campaign at 8:45 pm, but before that, Portmore will entertain Cavalier at 5:45 pm in what is expected to be an intriguing double-header in the 'Jungle'.

These games will be interesting based on the flurry of transfer of players, and fans are eager to see what these clubs have to offer for the new season.

Harbour View are coming off one of their worst seasons where they finished ninth, while Montego Bay could struggle after losing some key players, especially up front.

Perennial semi-finalists Humble Lion open their campaign against Boys' Town under a new coach in Lenworth Hyde and with a new playmaker in Romario Campbell. They are expected to be a force to be reckoned with.

But the team that seems to have made the best acquisitions is Tivoli Gardens. They have brought in the likes of Sean Coleman, Phillip Peddie, Andrew White and Trevin Garnett. The Omar Edwards-coached team are fancied to beat Reno.

Having made the play-offs last season, UWI have strengthened nicely, bringing in Ryan Miller and Oshane Jenkins from Cavalier and Fabian McCarthy from Montego Bay United.

Today they take on a Waterhouse team that was busy in the transfer market with the acquisition of at least 15 players. Tremaine Stewart, Rodico Wellington, Shawn Lawes, Shamari Dyer, Mark Miller, Dasha Satchwell, and Andre Dawson will make Waterhouse a much more feared unit this season. The stage is set for an epic battle between UWI and Waterhouse as both teams hunt three points to kick-start their season.

—Howard Walker

Today's games

3:30 — Boys' Town vs Humble Lion @ Barbican Complex

3:30 — Reno vs Tivoli Gardens @ Frome Complex

3:30 — UWI vs Waterhouse @ Mona Bowl

7:00 — Harbour View vs Montego Bay @ Harbour View

Tomorrow's games

5:45 — Portmore vs Cavalier @ Anthony Spaulding Complex

8:45 — Arnett Gardens vs Sandals South Coast @ Anthony Spaulding Complex

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