Pulsating contest forecast as Cavalier meet Mount Pleasant
Cavalier FC's Dwayne Atkinson (left) jumps out of the way of a low tackle from MBU's Giovannie Reid in an earlier JPL game this season. Cavalier face Mount Pleasant in the feature game today. (Photos: Observer file)

Technical director of Cavalier SC Rudolph Speid and sporting director of Mount Pleasant Academy Paul Christie are rivals united in the view that a pulsating contest could be in store when the teams meet in today's feature of the Jamaica Premier League at Drax Hall in St Ann.

Match time is 3:30 pm.

Cavalier are currently third in the standings on nine points, one ahead of Mount Pleasant who are fourth in the table. Harbour View currently lead the standings with 10 points on goal difference ahead of Montego Bay United, who are also on 10 points.

Cavalier have been in excellent form so far this season with three consecutive victories in as many games, but Speid thinks there is no time to dwell on those statistics as he is wary of Mount Pleasant and the quality within their ranks. Therefore, he is expecting a "very tough match".

"It is going to be a very tough game for us because they are the most expensive team that ever been put together in the league," said Speid.

"They have a lot of national coaches conditioning the team and they also have a lot of quality players, and so this should make for a very pulsating contest. I think that they have all the odds in their favour and so it is going to very difficult for us to take them down," he added.

Dwayne Atkinson, Colin Anderson, Ronaldo Webster, Richard King and Kyle Ming are expected to lead Cavalier's charge as they chase maximum points.

Mount Pleasant will enter today's contest on the back of their 3-1 victory over Tivoli Gardens in their last game. The St Ann-based team, unbeaten this season, has recorded two wins and two draws from their four matches.

Christie said that his team will be going all out for victory because they want to move to the top of the standings in the championships.

"We are going for the win to move closer to the top of the standings because that is the whole idea," said Christie. "The spirit is good in the camp, but we know that Cavalier is a worthy opponent, and so we will not take them for granted," he said.

Christie said Cavalier are very good all-round; therefore, they must execute on all fronts to ensure that they come away with all three points.

"We are going out there to execute because we are playing at home, and we will have our home supporters behind us. We have been trying to get our chemistry right and it is coming along quite fine and so we are quite confident going into this at game," Christie said.

Mount Pleasant will rest their hopes in the hands of Andre Fletcher, Ricardo Morris, Demario Phillips, Jamoi Topey and Shaquille Dwyer to lead their charge to victory.

Today's games

2:30 pm: Harbour View vs Faulkland at Tony Spaulding

5:30 pm: Tivoli vs Dunbeholden at Tony Spaulding

3:15 pm: Vere United vs Waterhouse at Wembley Centre of Excellence

3:00 pm : Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion at Wespow Park

— Robert Bailey

CHRISTIE...we are going for the win to move closer to the top of the standings

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