High-riding Tivoli, UWI square off
Tivoli Gardens will look to maintain pole position when they face the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC in a top clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match-day 22 at the Edward Seaga Complex in West Kingston tomorrow, starting at 3 p.m.
The match is crucial for both teams. Tivoli are on top on 42 points, the same as Montego Bay United. However, Tivoli enjoy a better goal difference, while UWI are in third position on 39.
With that scenario, spectators could be in for a good game of football.
UWI's coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle says although playing away, his team will be going to Tivoli's home ground for a positive result.
"It will be the last game in the second round of the preliminary stage, and a win could move us on the same points as Tivoli. We are going there for a positive result," Gayle told STAR Sports yesterday.
UWI will be missing midfielder Ramoun Reid who is serving a one-match suspension after a red-card picked up in his team's last game against Humble Lion two weeks ago.
"He will be missed but it is also an opportunity for another player in the squad," the coach said.
UWI will welcome back striker Girvan Brown who ended a one-year deal at CD Dragon in El Salvador.
"Girvan Brown will be in the squad for tomorrow's game. He is back and the International Clearance was done, so he could be involved in the game," Gayle informed.
UWI will rely on players such as captain Rochane Smith, Keammar 'Dada' Daley, Kemar Flemmings, Patrick Brown and Jamie Robinson.
Coach of Tivoli, Omar Edwards says is team is intent on keeping UWI behind them in the race for top-six qualification.
"We understand that UWI are improving, they beat us in the first round, so we are going out to turn that around. UWI is three points behind us, so we just have to prepare for that contest," Edwards said.
Tivoli will come for another home win courtesy of veteran Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson, Elton Thompson, captain Romaine Breakenridge and Tevin Shaw.
In another game, MBU will be travelling to STETHS for a game against host Reno in a western derby.
Another derby clash will feature promoted Maverley-Hughenden against Waterhouse. The game was originally scheduled for Maverley's home turf Constant Spring, but changed to Waterhouse field.
3 p.m. — Reno vs Montego Bay United at STETHS Complex
3 p.m. — Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco at Anthony Spaulding Complex
3 p.m. — Humble Lion vs Boys' Town at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon
3 p.m. — Tivoli Gardens vs UWI at Edward Seaga Complex
5 p.m. — Maverley-Hughenden vs Waterhouse at Drewsland Stadium
7 p.m. — Harbour View vs Portmore United at Harbour View Stadium
Teams MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
Tivoli 21 13 3 5 30 14 16 42
MBU 21 13 3 5 27 15 12 42
UWI 21 12 3 6 29 20 9 39
Portmore 21 10 7 4 21 16 5 37
Humble Lion 21 10 6 5 24 14 10 36
Arnett 21 8 4 9 27 29 2 28
Reno 21 6 7 8 18 21 -3 25
Jamalco 21 7 2 12 20 26 -6 23
Mav.-Hugh. 21 4 9 8 19 24 -5 21
Harbour View 21 5 6 10 14 24 -10 21
Waterhouse 21 5 4 12 17 22 -5 19
Boys' Town 21 4 4 13 18 39 -21 16