Maverley/Hughenden seek another big scalp
Promoted Maverley-Hughenden FC will look to continue their giant-killing act when they face Portmore United FC in an early top clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Constant Spring Complex tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m.
The game is one of six scheduled on Match Day Two. The remaining games read: Reno FC vs Humble Lion FC at Frome Complex in Westmoreland, starting at 3 p.m.; Tivoli Gardens FC vs Montego Bay United FC at Edward Seaga Stadium, at 3:30 p.m.; Arnett Gardens FC vs Waterhouse at Drax Hall Sports Complex in St Ann; Boys' Town FC vs Harbour View FC at Barbican Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m.; and Jamalco FC vs UWI at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon, at 3:30 p.m.
Maverley-Hughenden edged reigning champions MBU in the opening round last Sunday, and the KSAFA team will look for another big scalp against last season's beaten finalist Portmore.
"The win against MoBay United gives us confidence moving forward. It is not going to be easy against a good Portmore team. They have good players, coaching staff and management team," head coach of Maverley-Hughenden FC, Lijyasu Simms, said during the RSPL weekly press conference last Thursday at Red Stripe.
"The supporters should come out for a good football game. Both teams have quality players, but we will be coming blazing," he added.
Maverley-Hughenden will look to players such as Nicholas Scott, Wayne Williams, Nackwayne Parchment, captain Andrew Peddlar, among others, for another win.
Portmore is also coming off a victory over newcomers Jamalco FC in the first round, so it will be a matchup of early leaders.
Portmore's head coach Linval Dixon congratulated the Maverley team for a winning start in Montego Bay.
"I must say big up to Maverley for going down to Montego Bay and coming away with a win against the champions. However, we are not going to take Maverley lightly and I know they won't take us lightly," Dixon, a former national senior defender, said.
Dixon will count on national senior team invitee Damano Solomon, Ewan Grandsion and Ricardo Morris to stop Maverley.
In another game of interest, Tivoli Gardens, who beat Harbour View 3-0 in the opening round, will look to add more misery to MBU.