Montego Bay, Arnett clash in RSPL feature

November 19, 2016
Jerome Waite, coach of Arnett Gardens.

The clash between 2015/2016 finalists Montego Bay United and Arnett Gardens will highlight the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second round of games this weekend.

Montego Bay are fourth in the table with 19 points while Arnett sits just a place below with one point less.

In other games, Jamalco entertain Harbour View at Wembley, Boys' Town host UWI at Barbican field, Reno play Tivoli at Frome, Waterhouse tackle Humble Lion at Drewsland and Portmore take on Maverley/Hughenden at Juici Field.

All games start at 3.00.pm.

Champions Montego Bay are yet to hit their best form under Serbian coach Slavisa Bozicic. The lost their opening game in the league to Maverley/Hughenden and they will be hoping to avoid a similar result at the start of the second round. The teams are meeting for the first time this season as the first round game between the two was postponed.

 

Opening match

 

Montego Bay are usually strong at home, with their only loss this season coming in their opening match, so they will be aiming for nothing but three points.

Arnett's coach, Jerome Waite, says his young players have done well to be where they are at this stage of the season, however, he believes playing away to the Montegonians will be a hard task.

"Going to Montego Bay is going to be difficult. One of the key things is to reach on time to give the players enough time to recover. We have a lot of youngsters and they have done well and if they could have done better it would be to put away the chances they created, but the objective is to get three points when we go there," he said.

Meanwhile Portmore (21) points will look to maintain their one point lead at the top when they play at home to lowly Maverley-Hughenden. Portmore have four wins from their last four games and have not tasted defeat in five matches and should get the better at a Maverley-Hughenden team struggling to find wins. The promoted Maverley-Hughenden are not easy to beat with one win and seven draws and should give the league leaders a good test.

 

Surprise leaders

 

Bottom of the table Boys' Town (7) will find it difficult taking points from third placed UWI (20), who will want to rebound from their defeat to Portmore on Wednesday.

Second from bottom Waterhouse (10) have not won in three games and they should continue to find things hard against a Humble Lion (20) team eager to return to the top of the league.

Early surprise leaders Jamalco (10) who have lost their last four matches and have not tasted victory in seven games should feel they can take something from their game against struggling Harbour View (12) while the game between sixth place Tivoli (17) and seventh place Reno (16) can go either way.

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