Newcomers Maverley face stern test in RSPL opener
Reigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Montego Bay United FC will host promoted Maverley-Hughenden FC in the opening fixtures of the new season tomorrow, at Wespow Park in Montego Bay, starting at 3:30 p.m.
The other games read: Arnett Gardens FC vs Reno at Barbican Complex, at 3:30 p.m.; Portmore United FC vs Jamalco FC at Juici Park, Clarendon, starting at 3:30 p.m.; UWI FC vs Waterhouse FC at UWI Bowl, Mona, at 3:30 p.m.; Humble Lion FC vs Boys' Town FC at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon, at 3:30 p.m.; and Harbour View FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC at Harbour View Stadium, at 7 p.m.
Dwayne Ambursley, captain of Montego Bay United, says his team is looking to get off to a winning start after not doing so in the past five seasons.
"That game is important to us because on five attempts, we have not won our opening game in the Premier League. Even as champion. We have never won our first game. This game will be the sixth, and we are looking to set that straight. This game is at Wespow Park. Maverley-Hughenden is a new team and we don't know anything about them, but you can't underestimate any team in football, so we have to go out and do the job and, hopefully, we get the three points," Ambursley told STAR Sports.
Ambursley apart, MoBay will come out with players such as top striker Dino Williams, Cory Hylton, and other players. They have also secured the signatures of new players Al Nesbeth, Jason Watson, Derron McLeod, Otis Friend, Cavaughn Smith, and Ramone Sloley.
Coach Lijyasu Simms, who guided Maverley-Hughenden to the RSPL, says his team is in a positive mindset ahead of the challenge against last season's champions
"Well, we are where we want to be in terms of preparation. We are going there for a positive result. The focus is not to lose, but we are an attacking team and aim to play good football for the fans who will be journeying to Montego Bay on Sunday," Simms told Star Sports yesterday.
Maverley-Hughenden will be without top goalscorer in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association Super League Phillip Peddie and veteran defender Kasai Hinds as they are yet to return from overseas.
However, they will look to captain Andrew Peddlar, Wayne Williams, Nickwayne Parchment, as well as new recruits Raymond Williamson, Nicholas Scott, and Troy Moulton for a positive start.
In other games on the opening-match day, Arnett Gardens are expected to get the of Reno; Portmore are given the nod against newcomer Jamalco FC; Humble Lion should get off to a good start against Boys' Town; Harbour View is given the edge against Tivoli Gardens; and the UWI-Waterhouse game could go either way.