Desperate Humble Lion host improving Tivoli
Humble Lion's coach, Merron Gordon, is going full force to beat Tivoli Gardens to start a move up the table in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Struggling Humble Lion will host improving Tivoli Gardens at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon, tomorrow, starting at 3 p.m.
Tivoli Gardens are in third position on 36 points, behind leaders Portmore United (44) and Arnett Gardens (37). While, Humble Lion are close to the bottom in 10th place on 21 points, ahead of Sandals (16) and Boys' Town (12).
"We need the three points, more than Tivoli as they are in the top six. We are creating chances but not scoring consistently. And, if you get a team to bury and don't do it early, you could be in trouble like what happened last Sunday against Boys' Town," coach of Humble Lion, Merron Gordon told Star Sports yesterday.
Humble Lion acquired prolific goalscorer Craig Foster from Reno during the transfer window. Although Foster scored 10 times for Reno in the first part of the season, he is yet to get on the scoresheet for his new club after two games.
Gordon says that the 26-year-old striker is settling in and will come good soon.
"Craig Foster has played two games for us without scoring, but I am expecting him to deliver soon. He has looked good, so it is a matter of time," Gordon shared.
Foster apart, Humble Lion also secured goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett from Montego Bay United, Nicoy Christian coming from Cavalier and Damion Binns from Portmore United earlier this month.
Those players have made Humble Lion stronger, so the expectation is higher against Tivoli.
Coach of Tivoli Gardens, Omar Edwards, is fully aware of the players that Humble Lion acquired.
"The transfer window has been opened and Humble Lion have got players in to boost their squad. We played them in the first round and won 2-0 at our home. Now, we are going into their backyard, and, hopefully, we will get a positive result," Edwards said.
With regards to Foster, the Tivoli coach said that they will pay close attention to him.
"We are hoping to keep him (Foster) at bay. We played against him twice this season, while he was at Reno and he scored once. We are fully aware that he is a dangerous player," he added.
Edwards also said that veteran attacker Jermaine Johnson, who is awaiting surgery on his right knee, could be available. Other key players include central defender and captain Romaine Brakenridge, Andre Moulton, Howard Morris, Tevin Shaw and Junior McGregor.
• 3 p.m. - Humble Lion vs Tivoli Gardens at Effortville Community Centre, Clarendon
• 3 p.m. - Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse at Wespow Park
• 3 p.m. - UWI vs Sandals South Coast at UWI Bowl, Mona
• 5 p.m. - Cavalier vs Boys' Town at Stadium East
• 7 p.m. - Harbour View vs Portmore United at Harbour View Stadium
• 8:35 p.m. - Arnett Gardens vs Reno at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
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 20 8 7 5 20 15 5 31
UWI 20 6 8 6 22 23 -1 26
Waterhouse 20 5 10 5 16 21 -5 25
Reno 20 5 9 6 16 20 -4 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 16 21 -5 21
Sandals 20 3 7 10 12 29 -17 16
Boys' Town 20 2 6 12 15 35 -20 12