MoBay host Tivoli in top-of-the-table clash

January 28, 2017
Ramone Plummer (left) of Jamalco and Shawn McKoy of Arnett Gardens during a Red Stripe Premier league game on COtober 23, 2016.
Tivoli's Tevin Shaw loses his balance as he is tackled by Reno FC's Kavar Walker in a Red Stripe Premier League game at the Frome Sports Ground on November 20, 2016. Tivoli Gardens FC won the contest 2-1.
MoBay United's Kevon Lambert (left) looks to play the ball forward as Romario Campbell of Waterhouse FC is about to make a challenge in their RSPL match at Wespow Park on January 8.

Montego Bay United (MBU) and Tivoli Gardens will be engaged in a top-of-the-table Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) tomorrow at Wespow Park in Fairfield, Montego Bay, starting at 3 p.m.

Reigning champions MBU are current leaders on 42 points, while Tivoli Gardens are in second position on 39, and with both teams playing good football, spectators could be in for a wonderful treat.

With 12 rounds of games remaining in the preliminary stage, the stage is set for an interesting battle for the top six qualification spots to the RSPL play-off stage in April.

Coach of MBU Dillan Thelwell says that he is expecting a tough battle.

"We know that the clash will be difficult as no team is easy," Thelwell told STAR Sports yesterday morning. "Although we are playing at home and always confident there, it won't be easy," he shared.

"Tivoli are a physical team and we have been preparing for them. We are expecting good home support as spectators are creating a buzz about the game. It will be like a final," he concluded.

MBU have several players in the Reggae Boyz outfit who are expected to lead the team to a positive result. Those players include club captain Dwayne Ambusley, goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett, Ladale Ritchie, Owayne Gordon, Dino Williams, Allan Ottey, and schoolboy star Jourdain Fletcher.

Meanwhile, Tivoli's coach, Omar Edwards, says that the aim is to come away with a positive result as in the first round, MBU defeated Tivoli 1-0 at the Edward Seaga Complex on September 11.

"We are aware that playing against MoBay is always interesting. It won't be easy. They are champions with top-quality local players. However, we also have quality players who are playing good football," said Edwards, who took control of the West Kingston outfit last summer.

Edwards said that the aim is to win the league. "We want to win the league, also to end the preliminary stage with most points, so each game is critical."

Tivoli will count on Reggae Boyz squad member Romaine Breakenridge and Tevin Shaw, as well as former Reggae Boy Jeramine 'Teddy' Johnson and Elton Thompson.

Another game of high interest is the clash between third-place the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC and fourth-place Humble Lion at UWI Bowl in Mona.

Tomorrow's games

- 3 p.m. - Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens at Prison Oval in Spanish Town

- 3 p.m. - Monetgo Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens at Wes Pow Park, St James

- 3 p.m. - Jamalco vs Reno FC at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Clarendon

- 3 p.m. - UWI FC vs Humble Lion at UWI Bowl, Mona

- 3 p.m. - Boys' Town vs Maverley-Hughenden at Barbican Complex

- 6 p.m. - Waterhouse vs Harbour View at Drewsland Stadium

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