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Westmoreland derby highlights midweek action in RSPL

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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THE much-anticipated contest between Westmoreland neighbours Sandals South Coast FC and Reno FC is one of the major highlights of midweek action in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

Kick -off is scheduled for this afternoon at 3 o'clock at Frome Sports Complex in the parish.

Sandals South Coast, in their first season of top flight football, have only six points from 10 matches to be last in the 12-team table.

They have won once, while losing on six occasions, and already there is talk of them remaining in one of the two relegation spots come the end of the season.

Former champions Reno, sixth in the league with 15 points, have blown hot and cold so far this campaign, exemplified by three losses and two wins in their last five games.

But with Sandals still feeling their way in the RSPL, and experience weighing in Reno's favour, the latter team is tipped for its fifth win.

A tantalising 3:00 pm encounter is expected at Edward Seaga Sports Complex in Kingston when former winners Tivoli Gardens FC welcome their chief nemeses, University of the West Indies (UWI) FC.

UWI, in only their third premier league season, have dominated their more illustrious opponents, going unbeaten in six RSPL head-to-head contests.

A couple have been memorable, lopsided scorelines, with UWI winning 5-2 at Mona Bowl in the 2015-16 campaign and 4-0 at National Stadium in 2016-17.

Both are locked on 18 points and identical goal difference of five, but the university team is just ahead in third place due to a greater number of goals scored.

Outside of home advantage, Tivoli Gardens have the form-book on their side — they are on three-straight wins after an ordinary start to the season. On the other hand, UWI started the campaign brightly enough, but have tapered off somewhat, earning only two victories and a draw in their previous five outings.

In a 6:30 pm clash at Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, eighth-placed Montego Bay United (12 points) take on ninth-placed Humble Lion FC (nine points).

At 7:30 pm, 10th-placed Waterhouse FC (eight points) entertain 11th-placed Boys' Town FC (six points) at Drewsland Stadium in St Andrew.

Two further matches are scheduled tomorrow.

At Stadium East, hosts Cavalier SC take on reigning champions Arnett Gardens FC in a 5:00 pm start.

Arnett Gardens, winners of four of their last give games, are top of the league with 22 points, while resurgent Cavalier SC, who have won three of their previous five, are fifth with 15 points.

In tomorrow's 7:00 pm clash, seventh-placed Harbour View FC (13 points) tackle second-placed Portmore United (18 points) at Harbour View Stadium.

Today's games

3:00 pm — Sandals South Coast vs Reno @ Frome Complex

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

6:30 pm — Montego Bay vs Humble Lion @ Montego Bay Complex

7:30 pm — Waterhouse vs Boys' Town @ Drewsland Stadium

Tomorrow's games

5:00 pm — Cavalier vs Arnett Gardens @ Stadium East

7:00 pm — Harbour View vs Portmore @ Harbour View Stadium

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