Harbour View bring in former stars for crucial game

March 04, 2017
Portmore United's Jermie Lynch (left) puts Tivoli Gardens defender Barrington Pryce under pressure during a Red Stripe Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Complex on March 1. Tivoli won 2-1.

Former champions Harbour View will look to rebound from two consecutive losses when they face-off against Arnett Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) third round preliminary game at Harbour View Stadium starting at 3 p.m.

The Stars of the East are coming off to 3-2 and 2-0 defeats to Boys' Town and Reno FC respectively in five days. Now, they will host the four-time national champions in a critical game for both teams. Whenever the teams meet it is usually a competitive affair, and another close and exciting contest is anticipated.

Harbour View has brought back former club stars such as Sean 'Matterhorn' Fraser, Luton Shelton, McKauley Tulloch and Akeem 'Boogie' Priestly to bolster their attack, but the team remains inconsistent. They are currently in ninth position on 27 points, just four away from the relegation zone, and will hunt full points against the Junglists in order to keep safe.

The Ludlow Bernard-coached team need to shore up their defensive unit as they have conceded 32 goals in 25 matches.

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On the other hand, Arnett is coming off a 1-0 win against Humble Lion. Arnett are in sixth position on 38 points, just three adrift of fifth placed Portmore United who are on 41 points. With the top six teams advancing to the championship play-offs at the completion of the third and final preliminary round, the teams will continue battles for places.

Arnett will look to super-sub Kemal Malcolm, Newton Sterling, captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Dicoy Williams and Ranike Anderson to confine Harbour View to another loss.

In another game, promoted teams Jamalco and Maverley-Hughenden will meet in a crucial relegation battle at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon, starting at 3:30 p.m. Maverley-Hughenden are in 10th position on 24 points, while Jamalco come next on 23 points ij 11th position in the 12-team RSPL table.

With that scenario, both teams will hunt a win in order to move away from the relegation zone. Jamalco hold advantage against Maverley-Hughenden, having won the two previous games.

In another encounter on the day, Waterhouse play at home to Humble Lion.

Meanwhile, the Red Stripe Monday Night games continues at the National Stadium with a double header. The games presented by Independence Park Limited (IPL) and the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) will feature, the University of the West Indies FC against Tivoli Gardens, starting at 5:30 p.m. to be followed by Portmore United versus Boys' Town at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow's games

3 p.m. - Harbour View vs Arnett Gardens at Harbour View Stadium

3:30 p.m. - Jamalco vs Maverley-Hughenden at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon

6 p.m. - Waterhouse vs Humble Lion at Drewsland Stadium

Monday Night games

5:30 p.m. - UWI FC vs Tivoli Gardens at National Stadium

8 p.m. - Portmore United vs Boys' Town at National Stadium

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