UWI look to turn it up against iron-clad Portmore

Sunday, February 25, 2018

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) will be optimistic of turning the tables on their fortunes when they host leaders Portmore United in the feature Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) contest, as the battle for the top-six play-off spots heats up on match day 29 today.

The game is scheduled to get under way at 3:00 pm at the Mona, Bowl, UWI, with all other games set for half-hour later at 3:30 pm.

Second-placed Arnett Gardens (47 points) are riding high on their come-from-behind performance to steal a point on last, but will be hoping to return to winning ways when they visit seventh-placed Reno FC (36 points) at Frome Complex.

Former champions Montego Bay United, who are occupying fifth spot on 37 points, are hunting win number three on the trot, but will be hard-pressed to get it against third-placed Tivoli Gardens (43 points) at Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

Sixth-placed Harbour View (36 points) could hang tough to the play-off spot as they will play away to the already relegated Boys' Town (17 points) at Barbican Complex, but it should still be a keenly contested encounter as both teams have an enduring rivalry.

Meanwhile, fourth-placed Cavalier (43 points) will have their hands full at Effortville Community Centre against 10th-placed Humble Lion (33 points), who are seeking to draw closer to the play-off spot.However, all eyes will be on last year's beaten finalist and leaders Portmore United (59 points), who are bang in form with four wins from their last five outings so far and for whom win number five could very well be on the cards.

But the Marcel Gayle-conditioned UWI are expected to prove formidable in a desperate attempt to get back into the top half of the table, as they are among the six teams vying for the coveted play-off spot with a mere four points separating them.

Another intriguing battle will be between Tivoli Gardens and Montego Bay United as the former, though well positioned in third, will be wary that they are just six points above the chasing pack and should be hunting nothing less than a victory at home.

Montego Bay United have recovered well from a torrid start to the season and are now tasting some amount of success, with three wins and a draw from their last five outings. They are not about to relent as any mishap here will see them slipping right back out of the play-off spot. This should provide a treat for fans given the competitive nature of both teams.

Champions Arnett Gardens have done well to maintain second position for quite some time, despite having only won once in their last five games. But this is mainly because the teams below them have been inconsistent in accumulating points.

Despite that, the 'Junglists' can be dangerous on any given day and, having already booked a playoff spot, will be harbouring thoughts of successfully defending their crown. Reno could get a glimpse of their wrath today.

The Westmoreland-situated Reno, on the other hand, are desperate for the victory which would enhance their play-off ambitions should those above them have a slip-up.

Today's schedule

3:00 pm UWI FC vs Portmore United @ UWI, Mona Bowl

3:30 pm Boys' Town vs Harbour View @ Barbican Complex

3:30 pm Humble Lion vs Cavalier FC

3:30 pm FC Reno vs Arnett Gardens @ Frome Complex

3:30 pm Tivoli Gardens FC vs Montego Bay United @ Edward Seaga Sports Complex

Tomorrow's schedule

8:35 pm Waterhouse FC vs Sandals South Coast

— Sherdon Cowan

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