UWI FC look to heap more misery on Waterhouse
The Red Stripe Premier League's new boys, UWI FC will look to heap more misery on two-time national champions Waterhouse FC when the teams meet for the third time this season tomorrow at the Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 3 p.m.
In the two previous encounters, the teams shared wins. Waterhouse won the first round 3-0 at home, while in the second game, UWI FC won 1-0 at UWI Bowl. Now, both teams will hunt full points for different reasons.
UWI are currently in sixth position, just five points away from a semi-final spot. On the other hand, Waterhouse are in an unfamiliar position - at the bottom of the 12-team league on 21 points. With ten sets of games remaining in the preliminary stage before the top four battle for the national title, a tense game is anticipated.
Although UWI suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to Harbour View last Monday night, they are confident ahead of the clash at Drewsland.
"We have to correct the mistakes made in the last game against Harbour View. We are aware that from fifth to 12th positions the points difference is minimal, so both teams will be hunting points," assistant coach of UWI FC, Andrew Peart told STAR Sports yesterday.
"Every team in the league is going after points to step up in the standings. However, we are confident of winning the game against Waterhouse at home," Peart said. We will bounce back," he added.
UWI are closer to a top four finish than to the relegation zone, but Peart says the team is not yet safe.
"We are not yet safe mathematically. After we move from the relegation zo0ne, the remaining games are a bonus. The primary goal remains the same and that is to stay in the league next season," Peart disclosed
UWI will rely on the team's top marksman Girvon Brown with nine goals as well as former national senior team player Keammar 'Dada' Daley, Anthony Grant and Kemar Flemmings to lead the victory charge.
Meanwhile,Waterhouse coach Paul Young is anticipating a tough encounter against UWI.
"We need to start getting points in order to survive in the league. We won in the last away game and have done better on the road," Young responded.
"I'm satisfied with the current squad which is a good balance of youth and experienced players,' he also said.
Kenroy Howell is Waterhouse leading scorer on eight goals, but the coach is also counting on some veteran strikers to come up with goals.
"We will have Devon Hodges, Kemar Beckford and Kevin Lamey to lend support to Howell," Young revealed.
He also said that Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle is a good coach, so "it should be a tough game".
In other interesting games, Tivoli under the guidance of returning coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey will look to climb further away from the drop zone when they face fifth placed Harbour View. Portmore should get the better of Boys' Town and Reno are given the edge against Rivoli. The Montego Bay versus Humble Lion game could go either way..
Reno vs Rivoli United at Frome Complex
Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion at Wes Pow Park
Portmore United vs Boys' Town at Juici Park
Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View at Edward Seaga Complex
UWI vs Waterhouse at UWI Bowl, Mona
All the above games kick off at 3 p.m.
Monday night's game
8:40 p.m: Cavalier vs Arnett Gardens at Stadium East
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Arnett Gardens 23 13 4 6 35 20 15 43
Portmore United 23 13 4 6 28 20 8 43
MoBay United 23 11 9 3 34 13 21 42
Humble Lion 23 9 8 6 21 18 3 35
Harbour View 23 8 9 6 28 22 6 33
UWI FC 23 8 6 9 24 34 -10 30
Cavalier SC 23 7 6 10 18 23 -5 27
Boys' Town 23 7 6 10 25 33 -8 27
Reno 23 6 9 8 22 30 -8 27
Tivoli Gardens 23 6 5 12 26 32 -6 23
Rivoli United 23 5 7 11 24 32 -8 22
Waterhouse 23 4 9 10 20 28 -8 21