Cavalier hope to stay hot

January 08, 2018
Kenyon Hemans/Photographer Stephen Williams of Humble Lion (left) tries to prevent Daemion Benjamin of Boys' Town from getting possession of the ball during yesterday's Red Stripe Premier League game between HUmble Lion and Boys' Town at Barbican. The game ended 1-1.
Cavalier's Technical Director Rudolph Speid
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Rudolph Speid, technical director and head coach of Cavalier SC, said that they could be without Alex Marshall and goalkeeper Jeadine White against Waterhouse tonight in the Red Stripe Premier League feature at Drewsland Stadium beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Marshall, who has netted three goals in his attacking midfield role, and the 17-year-old outstanding goalkeeper White are set to depart tomorrow morning for the Major League Soccer (MLS) Caribbean Combine in Florida, USA, which is set for January 9-11.

"We are still trying to figure out whether we will play Alex Marshall and Jeadine White as they travel Tuesday morning (tomorrow) to MLS Combine," Speid told STAR Sports yesterday.

"We are still trying to decide whether we play them. But, if we don't have those two it will reduce our competence. However, we have players that can replace them. They will be a big loss if we don't have them," he said.

Cavalier are on a three-match win streak that pushed them into fourth position, where they sit on 30 points from 19 games.

"The team is more focused now. The other players are more focused and ready to do the job. Waterhouse are also having a good run under their new coach (Donovan Duckie), so I think it is going to be an interesting game," Speid added.

The team's leader and captain, Chevone 'Messi' Marsh, and striker Michael Spence have scored four goals apiece, and should get support from schoolboys Kaheem Parris of Dinthill Technical and Jamoi Topey of Camperdown High

Cavalier defeated Waterhouse 2-0 in the first round, also at Drewsland, and will again seek a positive result there.

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Waterhouse, since Donovan Duckie returned as head coach, have steadily climbed the table to be on 23 points in sixth position, same amount of points as Reno.

When Duckie took over from Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, the Drewsland team picked up 17 points from 12 games. Now, in the top-six qualification position for a play-off spot, Waterhouse will look to turn the table on Cavalier.

Waterhouse will rely on Kemar 'Bushy' Beckford, who is the team's top scorer on six goals, as well as captain Dasha 'Iron Dawg' Satchwell, central defender Shawn Lawes, midfielder Jeffrey Henry and Tremaine 'Tan Tan' Stewart.

In yesterday's top-of-the-table clash, leaders Portmore United surprised second-place Arnett Gardens 5-1 at Prison Oval. Sadeekie Burton netted a brace for the home side in the second and 52nd minutes. The other Portmore goals came from an own goal in the 23rd, Ricardo Morris (43rd) and Javon East (87th). Fabian Reid scored for Arnett in the 56th minute.

Yesterday's results

• Boys' Town 1 Humble Lion 1

• Reno 0 UWI 0

• Portmore United 5 Arnett Gardens 1

• Sandals South Coast 0 Montego Bay United 0

• Tivoli Gardens 2 Harbour View 0

RSPL points standings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Portmore 20 13 5 2 44 10 34 44

Arnett 20 9 10 1 35 21 14 37

Tivoli 20 10 6 4 23 12 11 36

Cavalier 19 8 6 5 20 15 5 30

UWI 20 6 8 8 22 23 -1 26

Reno 20 5 9 6 16 20 -4 24

Waterhouse 19 5 9 5 16 21 -5 24

MBU 20 5 7 8 16 25 -9 22

H View 20 5 6 9 12 15 -3 21

H Lion 20 4 9 7 15 20 -5 21

Sandals 20 3 7 10 12 29 -17 16

Boys' Town 20 2 6 12 15 35 -20 12

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