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Tivoli hope to halt losing skid against wobbly Harbour View

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@
jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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Former champions Tivoli Gardens will be trying to halt their two-game losing skid when they travel to Harbour View at 7:00 pm, in one of three Red Stripe Premier League games on today.

In the other Wednesday games, Cavalier SC host Sandals South Coast FC at 5:00 pm and FC Reno tackle Boys' Town at 3:00 pm at Frome.

Tomorrow, champions Arnett Gardens, fresh from their stint in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships, tackle Humble Lion at 7:00 pm, while Montego Bay United host the University of West Indies (UWI) FC.

Waterhouse will be inactive as leaders Portmore United left the island on Monday to participate in the CFU Club Championships.

In today's feature, fourth-placed Tivoli Gardens, on 37 points, take on eighth-placed Harbour View (30 points) as the chase for top six play-ff spots intensifies.

The Omar Edwards-coached Tivoli Gardens seem a safe bet to make the play-offs, but a defeat against still-in-contention Harbour View would reduce that gap to just four points, making the final seven games very interesting.

Tivoli Gardens have lost their last two games and three of their last four, but will be boosted by the fact that they have defeated Harbour View twice this season and should feel confident of completing the sweep.

Tivoli Gardens will once again be led by top scorer Colorado Murray, who has scored eight times along with Tevin Shaw, Andre Moulton, Junior McGregor and Romaine Breakenridge at the back.

The 'Stars of the East' have also lost their last two games and slipped out of the top six, and the obvious aim must be to get back into the play-off zone.

The talented Peter-Lee Vassell, Andrew Allen, Andrew Dushane Beckford, Kemar Bennett, Marcelino Blackburn, Daniel Green, Michael Lutas and Evan Taylor will lead Harbour View's victory charge.

At Stadium East, the dangerous Cavalier in third spot on 39 points are fancied to secure three points against a Sandals South Coast team struggling in 11th spot on 19 points.

While Cavalier are basically safely into the play-offs, the same cannot be said of Sandals who look certain to be relegated in this their first season of top flight football. They are 10 points behind the 10th-placed team Humble Lion.

However, if Sandals are to avoid playing parish football next season, they must continue their winning run after defeating Harbour View in their last game.

In the third match today, Reno should be able to capitalise on the poor mental state of a Boys' Town team that is certain to be relegated, and this pick up three valuable points.

Reno are in ninth spot on 30 points, while Boys' Town are firmly rooted to the bottom of the 12-team league on 14 points. They are 15 points from safety with eight games remaining and only divine intervention, it seems, can save the Red Brigade from relegation this season.

Last year they finished just one point above the relegated Maverley-Hughenden.

Head coach Andrew Price is a fighter and he will be doing his utmost best to save Boys' Town, but the team is low on morale and has not won in their last eight games — a trend they can ill afford to continue.

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