D-day in RSPL

April 02, 2016
file Rivoli's Valentine Gardner (left).
@Normal:Humble Lion's midfielder Levaughn Williams.
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Humble Lion and Rivoli United will clash tomorrow in a crucial encounter when the preliminary round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) ends tomorrow.

The game is one of six scheduled on the day when all games will kick off at 3:30 p.m.

The full fixture reads: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens at Juici Park, Clarendon; Reno vs UWI at Frome Complex, Westmoreland; Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion at Montego Bay Sports Complex; Tivoli Gardens vs Cavalier at Edward Seaga Sports Complex; Waterhouse vs Boys' Town at Waterhouse Stadium and Humble Lion FC vs Rivoli United FC at Effortville Community Centre, Clarendon.

The Clarendon-based Humble Lion will go into the round on 47 points and are in pole position for the fourth and final play-off spot. They are currently a point ahead of the new boys, University of the West Indies (UWI) FC, as both teams hunt the last top four spot.

TOP OF THE TABLE

Portmore United are on top of the table on an unassailable 61 points, ahead of reigning champions Arnett Gardens (57) and Montego Bay United (56) as the teams already assured of play-off spots in the battle for the coveted trophy and cash incentives.

Portmore also cemented the $1 million for the team that ends the preliminary stage on most points.

While Humble Lion need maximum points to qualify for the last four, Rivoli United are also hunting a win in order to maintain their place in the RSPL for next season.

Humble Lion are on a three-game winning streak and, playing at home, are favoured to snatch the fourth spot. The Vassel Reynolds-coached team will rely on Wolry Wolfe, Andrew Vanzie, Ricardo Cousins and Levaughn Williams to continue their good form.

On the other hand, Rivoli are fully aware that a win would ensure their Premier league status for next season.

"We played a top team in Montego Bay last Thursday and won the game. Now, we face another top team, and we know that we need another win to ensure safety," Rivoli United's technical director, Bradley Stewart, told STAR Sports.

Rivoli will hunt a win with players such as Shawn Hinds, Valentine Gardener and Nicholas Scott.

In another key encounter, former champions Waterhouse will continue their fight to avoid relegation when they host Boys' Town at Drewsland.

Waterhouse, in their worst season in top-flight competition, are currently at the bottom of the 12-team league on 31 points, behind Cavalier (33), Rivoli (33) and FC Reno (34). Two of those four teams will be relegated at the completion of the round tomorrow evening.

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