Harbour View look to continue win streak
Harbour View's head coach Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner will again put faith in his youthful unit to continue their rise when they face FC Reno in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game tonight at Harbour View Stadium, starting at 8:30.
The Stars of the East are picking up momentum after back-to-back victories against Boys' Town and the University of the West Indies (UWI), climbing to 13 points in fourth position in the 12-team standings.
"Once the players train properly throughout the week, I am sure I am going to give them the opportunity. It is up to them whether they take the opportunity or not," Gardner told STAR Sports yesterday.
"We are expecting a tough game against Reno as they are coming off a positive result, but we have a home game and that should be an advantage for us," he added.
Gardner is fully aware of the goal scoring threat of Reno's Craig Foster, who has netted five of his team's seven goals.
"He (Craig Foster) has proven over the years that he scores goals, so we just have to eliminate his opportunities and that should be a good job against a prolific goalscorer," Gardner, who is a former Reggae Boyz star, said.
On the other hand, FC Reno are only a point behind their opponents, so a win would see the Westmoreland club move ahead of Harbour View.
Harbour View are given the edge playing at home, but Reno coming off a big 3-0 win against Portmore United at Frome Complex will be high on confidence.
PULLING THE STRINGS
Kemar Bennett, who is leading the team and pulling the strings from midfield, is expected to get good support from Ryan Wellington, Ajeanie Talbott, Damarley Oliver, Hugh Evans, Sheldon McKoy and new recruit Michael Lutas, who scored in the 1-0 win against UWI on November 5.
The Michael 'Jim Dandy' Graham coached FC Reno were unbeaten in their first five games but suffered two straight losses, including a heavy 5-0 defeat to Arnett Gardens. However, Reno shocked Portmore last week.
Reno's Craig Foster, who is on five goals so far, will need valuable support from Lynval Wilson, Afiba Chambers, Fancy-Hue Stewart, Andrew Isaacs and Shamar Bernard.
Meanwhile, Sandals South Coast earned their first win in the RSPL when they edged Boys' Town 1-0 at Frome Complex, courtesy of a Obrian Bent goal in added time.
In another game, Tivoli condemned Humble Lion to a fifth defeat of the season. Tivoli's 2-0 win pushed them on to 15 points, while Humble Lion remained on eight points.
Tivoli Gardens 2 Humble Lion 0
Sandals South Coast 1 Boys' Town 0
Portmore United 0 Arnett Gardens 0
Cavalier 1 UWI 1
MoBay 1 Waterhouse 0
8:30 p.m. - Harbour View vs FC Reno at Harbour View Stadium
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Arnett 9 5 4 0 17 5 12 19
Portmore 9 5 2 2 18 6 12 17
UWI 9 4 3 2 12 9 3 15
Tivoli 9 4 3 2 7 4 3 15
Harbour View 8 3 4 1 6 2 4 13
Cavalier 9 3 3 3 9 7 2 12
FC Reno 8 3 3 2 7 8 -1 12
MBU 9 3 2 4 7 9 -2 11
Humble Lion 9 2 2 5 9 14 -5 8
Waterhouse 9 1 4 4 6 14 -8 7
Boys' Town 9 1 3 5 6 14 -8 6
Sandals S C 9 1 3 5 5 16 -11 6