$1m on the line - MoBay out to crash UWI party
CHAMPIONS Montego Bay United stand between leaders University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Premier League's preliminary-round $1 million bonus with two games left to decide who takes home the bounty and which two teams will play confederation football next season.
Though travelling to Kingston this afternoon without a win in their last five games, including a hat-trick of losses on the road, Montego Bay's chairman, Orville Powell, believes they can upset the league leaders at UWI Bowl.
Montego Bay beat UWI twice this season, 1-0 victories on November 6 and December 18. However, both games were played in their backyard.
"We are coming off 10 days rest for this game, so we are happy for that as we have not rested that long in about a month of competition. We expect a better performance against UWI tomorrow, said Powell.
"Our form has been dismal, especially on the road. We are in that situation where we have qualified for the top-six championship title play-off, so we are in preparation to retain the title.
"The game is to start preparation for the big prize. We would like to top the standings. It was in our plans, to top this stage for the first time. However, we have failed. Now, we want to finish as high as possible," he added.
Whereas Montego Bay have been dismal in their last five games, UWI have shown better form with two wins, two draws and a loss. However, they have not won in two games, allowing Humble Lion to sneak within a point of their lead with eyes on the $1m bounty.
UWI are on top with 58 points ahead of Humble Lion (57), who play relegation strugglers Maverley-Hughenden at Spanish Town Prison Oval.
"We are at that stage of the season where we would have to step, by getting back to winning ways," Powell told STAR Sports, noting that MoBay, locked on 52 points with Tivoli, are still in with a mathematical chance of topping the preliminaries if the leaders come to a walk in their last two games.
"We are aware of the mathematical chance but we are not going to UWI to win $1 million. I figure that we have lost that shot," he said.
(All games start at 3:30 p.m.)
- Maverley-Hughenden vs Humble Lion at Spanish Town Prison Oval
- Jamalco vs Harbour View at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Clarendon
- Waterhouse vs Portmore at Drewsland Stadium
- UWI vs Montego Bay United at UWI Bowl, Mona
- Boys' Town vs Reno at Barbican Complex
- Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Edward Seaga Complex
Teams MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
UWI 31 17 7 7 42 26 16 58
Humble Lion 31 16 9 6 40 21 19 57
Tivoli Gardens 31 16 4 11 41 30 11 52
Mobay United 31 15 7 9 35 26 9 52
Portmore 31 12 13 6 37 29 8 49
Arnett 31 13 5 12 44 40 4 45
Reno 31 10 9 12 26 28 -2 39
Harbour View 31 9 8 14 28 41 -13 35
Waterhouse 31 9 7 15 23 27 -4 34
Boys' Town 31 9 5 17 28 52 -24 32
Mav./Hugh. 31 6 13 12 23 33 -10 31
Jamalco 31 9 2 20 28 42 -14 29