Heights FC's Logas Robinson (right) skips away from a lunging tackle from Flanker FC's Stephen Hood in their St James FA Sandals Resorts International Major League game played at the UDC field last week. Flankers FC won the game 2-1. (Photo: Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Leaders Reggae Youths and Granville United will meet at the UDC Field on Sunday in a top of the points tables clash in the return round of the St James Football Association Sandals Resorts Major League.

The game promises fireworks as Reggae Youths have won all six games played in the first round and lead the competition with 18 points, six more than Granville United who have won their last four games.

Two games will be played on Saturday when the return round gets underway. Third-placed Lilliput Rovers will face fourth-placed Flankers FC at Spot Valley High and Heights FC take on Montego Bay Boys Club at the UDC Field.

On Sunday, Granville United will be seeking to avenge their opening game 5-2 loss to Reggae Youths and will be carrying a four-game winning run into the game that could be a preview of the final, set for late January 2023.

While Reggae Youths got off to a fast start scoring nine goals in their first two games, Granville United had a slow start losing their first two games, conceding eight goals in the process.

However, they have managed to turn things around and have won their last four games by a combined 12-2 scoreline and Reggae Youths will face a different Granville United team on Sunday.

Oshane Thompson scored four goals in Reggae Youths' first three games but has cooled off, while Thomas Scott has revved up his game to join his teammate on four goals each.

The veteran Davian Thelwell is expected to lead Granville United along with Davin Hines, Kavarn Wilson and Odean Snow.

On Saturday, Lilliput Rovers and Flankers FC, who drew 2-2 in the first round, will meet in another game that could help decide the semi-final places later on.

Both teams are on 10 points, one more than Cambridge FC, but Flankers FC seems to have momentum on their side after scoring four goals in their last two games.

Denri Williams leads Flankers FC with four goals and will hope to add to his tally when he takes on a Lilliput Rovers team that only allowed five goals, second least in the league.

In the other game, set for the UDC Field, Heights FC and Montego Bay Boys Club will be desperate for a win.

Heights FC had beaten Boys Club 3-1 in their opening game but have lost their next five games, while Boys Club have lost all six games played in the first round.

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

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