Surprise team Jamalco hunt another three points

October 01, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Jamalco's players celebrating the team's first goal against Maverley-Hughenden in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the Constant Spring playing field on Sunday, September 25
Coach Lijyasu Simms
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n RSPL leaders host Tivoli Gardens at Wembley

Newcomers Jamalco FC will look to maintain pole position in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they host Tivoli Gardens FC on Match day five at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon tomorrow. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m.

Jamalco, in their first season of topflight football, are off to an encouraging start with three wins and a loss for nine points from four games. Reigning champions Montego Bay United FC and Humble Lion FC are also on nine points. However, Jamalco enjoy a better goal difference to be on top.

With their impressive start mainly courtesy of Rohan Richards, who is Jamalco's and the competition's leading scorer on four goals, the Clarendon team is confident of getting maximum points at home.

"We know that Tivoli are former champions, so we are expecting them to come down here and give us a good fight. We are hoping to get a good win," Jamalco's head coach, Rayon Johnson, said during the Red Stripe Premier League weekly press conference on Thursday at Red Stripe's hospital lounge.

He added that top spot at this time has come as a surprise, but he is fully aware that it is early days and the competition will get tougher.

"We are here to play and expect the competition to get tougher and tougher. We are just going out there and take it one game at a time and hope that we get the best results," he added.

CONTINUE GOOD RUN

Tivoli Gardens are currently in eighth position on six points. They have had two wins on the road but have lost twice at home. With this in mind, Tivoli's camp is hoping to continue on their good away form this season.

"Jamalco have started the season pretty well. They have a player on their team who is the leading goal scorer, so in my opinion, they are doing something pretty good, but we are going for maximum points," Omar Edwards, the head coach of Tivoli Gardens, said.

"We know for sure that it will not be an easy task, but we believe in our abilities as we are playing some good football," he added.

Another game of high interest will be between neighbouring clubs, Waterhouse FC and Maverley-Hughenden at Drewsland. This game will be live on Television Jamaica (TVJ) starting at 3 p.m.

Tomorrow's games

3 p.m. - Waterhouse FC vs Maverley-Hughenden FC at Drewsland Stadium

3:30 p.m. - Portmore United FC vs FC Reno at Juici Park in Clarendon

3:30 p.m. - UWI FC vs Boys' Town at UWI Bowl, Mona

3:30 p.m. - Jamalco FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC at Wembley, Clarendon

6 p.m. - Montego Bay United FC vs Arnett Gardens FC at Montego Bay Sports Complex

7 p.m. - Harbour View FC vs Humble Lion FC at Harbour View Stadium

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